Gambling related articles
the most from your betting
Horse racing is one of the most popular sports to
bet on, and there's a feast of top-class thoroughbred
action taking place year-round in Australia.
Cup in November is the pinnacle, billed as 'the
race that stops a nation', but there's plenty more
Betting on racing can enhance the enjoyment of the
sport but, as with any sports betting, it's much more
enjoyable when you're winning. With that in mind,
we take a look at some important factors to consider
before your next sports bet.
Trust Your Instincts
On average, the favourite will win less than one-in-three
horse races, so backing the favourites blindly isn't
going to be profitable over time. Study the odds and
try and use the form available to find the value in
the market. Once you've made a selection, review the
odds on offer and decide if you are getting the value
desired at the price.
Experienced punters will attempt to form their own
markets and determine what odds they believe each
horse should be. If the bookmakers' odds are more
generous than you predict on a horse you fancy, that's
when to get your money on.
The Right Price
It's important to get the best value available when
betting. There are key pointers to think about in
achieving this. Look for horse
racing betting offers and tips - extra places,
money-back specials etc. - as they can be excellent.
Also, when you are betting on races, it can be useful
to wait until the day of racing, when the price is
often 'guaranteed' - this means if you back a horse
at 4/1 and the SP (starting price) is bigger, you'll
be paid at the bigger price.
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Detach the emotion from betting
Whether it's your favourite footy team or a horse
that has won money for you in the past, betting from
the heart is a recipe for disaster in most cases.
Try to detach emotion from the betting side of sport.
Many punters will steer clear of betting on their
favourite team completely. Equally, just because you've
won money on a horse in the past, it doesn't mean
you owe loyalty. Make the smart decision for today's
bet based on the information you have available.
Look for the offers
The betting industry is thriving, with the advent
of social media bookmakers have more opportunity than
ever before to get their brand into the public consciousness.
There's a multitude of companies out there vying for
your custom. With that comes some great offers; sign-up
bonuses, loyalty offers, money-back special and more.
Look around and see what's on offer as there has never
been a better time for punters in this regard.
Stay within your limits
Most important of all, know your limits and set
the boundaries of what you allow yourself for sports
betting. Whether you are planning a day at the races,
off to see some AFL action or savouring the experience
of the A-League, betting can enhance the thrill when
it's done with control. Don't chase your losses and
don't put betting before family and friends. If you've
set a limit for weekly/monthly punting, don't go beyond
it and when the winning bets come along, treat yourself
or those close to you with the extra cash as a reward.
The factors above are worth considering when betting
on sports. It can be a fun and rewarding way to enhance
our experience of live sport or when watching on television.
The memories of great sports events can often stand
out that bit more if you can recall them knowing you
had a winning bet as well. By getting the most from
betting and staying in control, we can all enjoy a
flutter and hopefully a profit too.
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