As long as there as been sport there as been sport betting. Some of the earliest form of writing we have are wagers and written promises of that people would pay a specified sum of money or goods depending on the outcome of an event.
With EuroCup underway there is a massive influx in people betting on football, but before you try your luck at turning a quick profit on websites with football picks or heading down to your local betting café, here are a few tips on which team to put your hat on.
Know the teams. As obvious as it sounds, remember to learn about the team or athlete you’re betting on. Try to find out information about their mental and emotional health as well as their physical condition. Knowing that a player is going through an emotionally challenging time can have a huge event on his or her performance.
Know the supporting staff. As important as the actual athletes are it’s equally important to know who is helping them: Who is coaching them? Who bringing them food? Who is taking them from A to B? Find out as much as you can about the people who make all the events possible. Sometimes this type of information can give the gambler the upper hand in relieving some little know information that tips the balance of the scales.
Know the venue. As they say in real estate, location, location, location. In sport that rule can also be true. A team can often feel more comfortable playing in their own stadium, with their fans sporting them. A friendly cheer can boost morale while snide jeers can torpedo hopes. There’s also the physical side of things to consider like altitude and humidity. Both of these conditions limit oxygen intact and can have a profound impact on any athlete.
But sometimes it’s just luck. If gambling were an absolute no one would work. As long as you’re betting for fun and not as your primary source of income, then it’s important to remember that it’s all about fun and games. Sometimes it’s OK to bet on a team because you like their logo or bet on a horse because of its game. Remember to have fun!