What You Need to Know Before Betting on Sports

Betting on sports is extremely popular and thanks to the introduction of online sportsbooks, millions of people around the world have access to sports betting markets. While it is easy to start betting online, there are things everyone must know before betting on sports to get the most from the experience. On this page you will find the key things you need to know before betting on sports.

Choosing a Sportsbook

There are many online sportsbooks available, but you must make an initial choice. This is not always easy considering the high quality of online sportsbooks but there are factors to consider which will help narrow down the selection. Firstly, does the sportsbook provide betting markets for the sport on which you would like to bet? Secondly, are there payment methods available you can use at the sportsbook? Thirdly, what are the betting options? If you want to bet in-play for example, is it available? Finally, does the sportsbook have a mobile application and offer 24/7 live support? When choosing an online sportsbook, these are the factors you must consider before joining. The size of the welcome bonus can also influence your choice but should not be the overriding factor when selecting a sportsbook.

Set a Budget

Next in this guide to sport betting, we are going to look at setting a budget. It is crucial you only gamble what you can afford to lose when betting on sport. It can be tempting, having lost a bet, to immediately place another bet to make back the money you lost. This is a costly mistake and something you must never do when participating in any form of gambling. Chasing losses will only lead to greater losses down the line. Not only should you set an overall sports betting budget for the day/week/month, but you should also set a stake limit. This is the maximum amount you will bet on a single wager. Setting these limits helps you to stay in control of your betting and enjoy the experience.

Start Betting Small

Regardless of the amount of money you must spend when betting, you should always start betting in small amounts. There is a learning curve to online sports betting and as you develop through your sports betting career, you will become more confident in the patters of sportsbooks and where to find value.

Know the Terms

There are many sports betting specific terms, and you need to learn them before you begin betting. Betting on sport without knowing what the terms mean can lead to big losses, especially if you are betting on markets, you do not fully understand.


Always conduct research before having a sports wager. There are statistics available online that allow you to check the form of the two teams/players and you can find trends that can be used to make an informed decision. It can be fun to continually back your favorite team but if you want to succeed in the long term, you must make informed betting decisions.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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