Sports and Online Gambling – Is Online Sports Betting for You?


Spectator sports, it is hard not to love them. Whatever your personal preference is, there is something precious in the spectacle of athlete versus athlete and the rules, nets, or balls that they master to compete.  Whether it is the World Cup or Wimbledon, the US Open or March Madness many of us have our favorite sports. Some people find that adding a little money into the mix every now and then, via betting pools or online gambling sports books, adds a nice dose of adrenaline to the game or tournament.


Online sports gambling now enjoys an enormous and ever growing popularity. It alone constitutes a significant portion of the estimated $6 billion accumulated annually by the online gambling industry. The industry is large, and with so many online sports books all over the World Wide Web offering lines and picks on just about any sport you can imagine, it is easy for the casual or just-beginning sports gambler to find competitive rates and wagers of all sorts.


With so much money coming into the industry every year online casinos sought reputability and security standards to protect all the money transactions from potential theft. Indeed the first online gambling hub, Inter Casino, was the joint effort of Micrograming and CryptoLogic, online gambling’s leaders in software and security. Not only has it never been easier to do some online sports gambling, it has never been safer –so long as you check to see who licenses, certifies, and secures the sports book in question.


One result of the feverish competition between all the online sports books has been for the sports books to employ ‘handicappers’. Handicappers are people who measure and analyze as many variables as possible to predict the outcome of a game, match, or tournament. The bits where handicappers offer their advice are called ‘picks’. Depending on the online sports book in question, the handicappers picks might be free, in which case they are advertised as ‘free picks’, or one must activate a money account with the sports book.


Some sports books use both tactics, and make some of their supposedly superior handicappers available for members only. Furthermore, some handicappers develop a reputation of success and sometimes go freelance.  


How good are these handicappers? After all, can we really trust advice given by an employee of the online sports book we used to place our bet, i.e. don’t they want us to lose? Is the advice from the handicapper celebrity/professional better than the free handicapper at ‘whateversportsbets.com’?


The truth is, the merit of any particular handicapper pick is only ever known after the fact –when the game is already over. Just like we turn to the handicapper for guidance, the handicapper (if we take them in good faith) looks to so many variables: a particular team’s player and game statistics, the location of the event, weather, and even the mental state of the coach and team as reported by sports journalists. The handicapper’s pick is and can only ever be a guess, but her or his is supposed to be an educated one. If a handicapper is good they should be able to provide a relatively and comparatively high level of success.


It is worth it, if you are a casual online sports better, to track the records of a few handicappers. If you find one or two who show a relatively high rate of success, you may have found some handicappers that you can trust (for a time) to offer profitable perspective. This is helpful because, as a casual online sports gambler, chances are you are not interested in going through the labor of analysis which the handicappers are so fond.


A reliable handicapper can help make your casual bet a more reliable bet. Just remember, only trust a handicapper’s advice if they maintain a good track record. When they start losing more than you are comfortable with it is time move on to a different source of sports betting advice. If you consider yourself to be more than a casual gambler, you would be best served by researching at least some of the basics of handicapper methodology.



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