The Super Bowl on the first Sunday in February is the NFL’s biggest game of the year to bring its season to a close. Just a few weeks later at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR starts its new season with its biggest event of the year with the running of the Daytona 500. While this race pales in comparison to the Super Bowl when it comes to the betting revenue it generates, these is still some solid value for sports bettors looking for a chance of pace. Even if you are just a casual fan of NASCAR’s Cup Series, you can quickly get yourself ‘up to speed’ when it comes to the best way to bet this race. Finding the best online sportsbook for betting NASCAR The first thing you want to avoid is betting on an outright winner. Picking winners in any motor sports race is a low-value bet given all the factors that go into taking the checkered flag. These factors are enhanced when it comes to winning the Daytona 500. Not only do drivers face the pressure factor winning the biggest race of the race, they face the physical factors presented by the nature of this track. Betting on a driver to wreck will have lower odds than their chances to win. Daytona is known for its wide-open racing conditions that tend to knock some of the best drivers out of the race in the early laps. Turning to the posted odds to win this year’s Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski is at the top of the list at +800 betting odds. He has yet to win this race on a track where his average finishing position is 23.0. The Daytona 500 is a restrictor plate race and Keselowski is one of the top restrictor plate racers in the field. This is why Dale Earnhardt Jr. was always one of the top favorites to win when he raced at Daytona. To put things into better perspective, Keselowski has one career win and seven career wrecks at Daytona is 19 career runs in a Cup Series event. The Legalities of Online Sportsbook Betting Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch combined to win 16 Cup Series events last season. Harvick’s odds to win this race are set at +850 with Busch much farther down the list at +1400. Harvick drives the No. 4 Ford and his recent track record at Daytona includes five consecutive finishes of 19th or worse with four races ending in a wreck. His lone victory in the Daytona 500 was back in 2007. Busch is the driver of the No. 18 Toyota and he has never won this race with an average finishing position at Daytona of 19.2. He has posted four-straight runs of 20th or worse at this track over the past two seasons. His lone victory at Daytona in a Cup Series event was in the second race here during the 2008 racing season. Instagram is a Great Place to Find Winning Sports Picks Betting either of NASCAR’s top two drivers to win the 2019 Daytona 500 is a very low-percentage play. Betting Busch to finish ahead of Harvick in the final running order would be a high value play. Since his odds to win are much longer than Harvick to win, he would most likely be a solid underdog when the betting odds for a head-to-head matchup are first released. The head-to-head matchup odds for this race will not be released until the starting running order is set. This is where the best value for  betting any Daytona 500 really lies. It does not matter where the driver you bet on finishes in this race as long as it is at least one place better than the driver they are pitted against.

Next to the NFL for football, betting on NBA basketball games brings in the most action for  most online sportsbooks. The extended 82-game regular season along with four rounds of best-of-seven series in the playoffs provide a steady source of winning opportunities from mid- October right into the month of June. Every expert handicapper who regularly cashes in on their NBA bets probably has a few secret techniques for breaking down the games, but there are three general betting tips that they all employ in an effort to beat the books. The Legalities of Online Sportsbook Betting The first tip is to avoid betting on heavy favorites. If the timing is right, you could go as far as saying that you should go against heavy favorites when there is a large spread to cover on the board. Public perception has more to do with how pointspreads are set than the actual matchup on the court. A good example of this would be the Golden State Warriors. NBA fans expect the champs to win every game by double figures and, if they are wagering on the game, they are likely to lean that way no matter how high the number. The general rule of thumb is when a spread is 10 points or higher you should start thinking about betting the underdog, especially if they have a strong betting record of covering double-digit spreads. There is also the tendency for heavy favorites to take their foot off the gas when they open up a big lead. Many times the true gap between a lopsided matchup is not reflected in the final score. How You Can Become a Smarter Bettor Another betting tip is to turn to the added value in a NBA moneyline if you are betting small underdogs. This is especially true when they are playing at home. This is more of a long-term strategy as opposed to betting just one single game. Over an extended period of time, home underdogs have a tendency to win quite a few of those games SU. If the road favorite happens to be playing their third or fourth game in a relatively short amount of time, this adds even more value to a team getting a few points at home. All betting still comes down to the actual matchup on the court, but you should still be looking for value when the spread in any game remains rather slim. Smart Bettors Use Two or Three Sportsbooks The final tip is to rate a team’s performance playing at home as opposed to when it is playing on the road. Through their first 24 games of the 2018/2019 regular season, the Philadelphia 76ers have gone 12-1 SU on their home court verse a 4-7 record on the road. When it comes to covering the spread, they are 7-6 ATS in those 13 home games and 3-8 ATS in the 11 road games. The ‘best of the best’ in the league know how to win on the road on a regular basis. However, there are quite a few teams that have lopsided results between their home and road records. It is common to find a team with a SU losing record overall that still has more wins than losses in front of the hometown crowd. 5 Things to Look For When Choosing an Online Sportsbook Along with a team’s performance at home verse playing on the road is its current momentum. Even the best teams go through rough patches over the course of such a long season of games and even the worst teams are capable of pulling off a stunning SU upset here and there. Once a team wins its third game in a row, it should be on your betting radar. Chances are it will win a few more games before it starts to cool off.

Following 13 weeks of regular season games and one weekend of conference championship games, the cream rose to the top with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma filling in the four spots in this year’s College Football Playoff. This season’s two semifinal matchups are slated for Saturday, Dec. 29. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic pits the ACC’s No. 2 Clemson Tigers against the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 4 p.m. start on ESPN from AT&T Stadium. In a slated 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN, the SEC’s No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the Big 12’s No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners square off in the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The opening betting lines for the Cotton Bowl had Clemson favored by 10.5 points, but early money on the Tigers have pushed that number as high as 12.5 points at a few online sportsbooks. The total opened at 55 points and it has held steady so far. Alabama was opened as a 14.5-point favorite and for the most part the current spread has settled in at 14 points with the majority of the online books. The interesting thing about this matchup is the total line climbing to 81 points after opening at 79 even with The Tides’ defense ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed (14.8). If you decide to bet the favorites in each game, you might want to lock that number in now as opposed to waiting to see where it goes over the next few weeks. I would definitely expect to see some Notre Dame money come in closer to kickoff and the earlier betting consensus has a slight lean towards Oklahoma in the other matchup. I do believe there is value in either underdog with a stronger lean toward Notre Dame covering against Clemson. The Tigers were 7-6 against the spread this season closing as double-digit favorites in all 13 of their games. Notre Dame was no betting bargain either at 6-5-1 ATS, but that Week 1 upset against Michigan as a three-point underdog still looms big on the overall resume. Alabama won 12 of its 13 games by a double-figure margin as double-digit favorites in every game. The Tide was not as dominant over their last three games at 1-2 ATS as part of an 8-5 record ATS overall. However, anytime Nick Saban has a month to prepare for a game you know his team will be ready. The big question in the Orange Bowl in my book is can these two teams combined to score more than 81 points? The Sooners averaged close to 50 points a game as compared to Alabama’s scoring average of 47.9 PPG, so on paper this should be a shootout. I am still going with the notion that defense win national titles and last time I checked, the Tide had one of the best in the nation. All the value betting the total line in this matchup at 81 points has shifted towards the UNDER and that is the way I would bet this game. This would make my CFP semifinal parlay play Notre Dame +11.5 (12.5 if you can get it) and the UNDER 81 points in the other matchup. My other burning question for this season’s playoff concerns the value in betting the futures for the CFP Championship Game. Alabama is a prohibitive -200 favorite to win it all. I am not a big fan of betting against the Tide, but all the value in betting them to win has been drained. I might bite on the -120 odds that Alabama beats Clemson in the title game, but I still think Notre Dame has an outside chance to beat the Tigers SU. Just for fun, I might put $10 on Oklahoma beating the Irish in the CFP Championship at +3300 as the longest odds for any futures bet on the board.

Legal confusion in the United States have always clouded the issue of legal sports betting in the country through an online betting account at an offshore sportsbook, like America’s Bookie. While this past May’s US Supreme Court decision concerning the legal rights of individual states when it comes to sports betting within its borders might have affected the future of sports betting all across the country, it had no bearing on the fact that US residents in any state can bet on sports at any online sportsbook catering to US sports bettors. Previous federal sports betting laws were always geared towards the sportsbook and not the sports bettor. It is still illegal to operate a sports bookmaking operation on US soil, unless it has been made legal within a specific state. All of the top offshore sportsbooks taking action online from US players do so under the laws and regulations specific to their country of origin. Smart Bettors Use Two or Three Sportsbooks It is perfectly legal to run a sportsbook in the country of Costa Rica under that government’s rules and regulations. The US government has no legal standing to try and enforce its gambling-related laws on an company legally operating in a country that offers a favorable business environment. Most of the issues in this matter go all the way back to the 1961 Wire Act and more recently the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The Wire Act was created to stop money from being wired across state lines for the purpose of betting. This law was aimed directly at organized crime, who routinely engaged in the act of operating illegal sportsbooks. The later law was viewed as an update to the Wire Act with the recent proliferation of the Internet. This extended the ban on wire transfers for the purpose of betting to an international level. The most important thing to remember is that neither of these laws were ever targeted at stopping someone from betting on sports. It was the act of bookmaking itself that came under fire. How You Can Become a Smarter Bettor As mentioned, neither of these laws apply to any sports betting operations outside the US. Sports betting is legal in quite a few jurisdictions around the globe; most notably Canada and the UK. Going back to 2005, the countries of Antigua and Barbuda challenged the US government’s right to interfere in their sports betting industry as it pertained to global trading. A settlement was eventually reached in the case and, since that point, the US government has softened its stance on the rights of a legal offshore sportsbook’s ability to operate online by accepting sports betting customers from the US. For years, the lone sticking point in the legality of sports betting in the US through an online sports betting account at an offshore book was the actual transfer of funds in and out of that account. The expansion of the ways that money can be moved in and out of an international account has alleviated most of the roadblocks surrounding this issue. This has given rise to Bitcoin and other forms of digital currency that are not tied to a specific financial institution. The simple fact that the online sports betting industry in the US has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry over the past decade or so points to just how ineffective the US government has been in trying to impose its will on offshore sportsbooks operating in legal jurisdictions. Fortunately, there are a number of top-rated online sportsbooks that do cater to US players. It is always best to perform your own due diligence when it comes to finding a suitable online betting venue to place your bets, but there is no shortage of favorable options to choose from.

Instagram is one of the most commonly used smart phone applications in the world. It has outgrowing both Facebook and Twitter by leaps and bounds to become the leader in social media. Instagram was launched in 2010, and had 1 million users in the first 2 months. As of June 2018, Instagram was up to 1 BILLION users. As a sports bettor, did you know that Instagram is a great place to find winning sports picks? Smart Bettors Use Two or Three Sportsbooks Most people use Instagram to post photos of their daily activities, their food, cats and anything else you can think of. Literally. You can search any noun, verb, category and you will find something related to it on there. But something you may not have known is that Instagram is also a great place for sports bettors. Do a simple search of the hashtag sportsbetting. You will find over 410,000 posts for that one # alone. From there, you will see 11,000 posts for sportsbetting advice, almost 4000 under sportsbetting tips, with no less than a dozen more closely related searches. An even closer look shows that a lot of these Instagram accounts that are offering picks are offering really good picks. Photos and YouTube type videos are the most common form of content on Insta, but stories and live feeds are a growing trend. Stories consist of a 15-second clip, whether it is a photo or video with audio, that are sometimes run in succession to give the viewer a longer experience. Some handicappers on Instagram are using these stories and live feeds to not only give their sports betting picks, but are explaining why they are choosing that side. Are you someone that scours sports betting forums and pick services to figure out who you are going to bet? Are you tired of reading through pages of crap to find a couple tidbits that may or may not effect your betting decisions for that day? Now you do not have to waste your time sifting through all that. Use Instagram where you can quickly listen to handicappers talk, skipping through their content or on to the next capper with one quick move with your finger on the screen. It won’t take you long to find a few guys that you like. I follow most of the accounts in the category I am looking at, because if at any time you realize they are not your cup of tea, you can unfollow them with one simple tap. But when you do find someone you like, you can turn on notifications so you know when they posted something. Maybe you like to bet on the NHL, or maybe Premier League football is your thing, you will find it. This time of year, the amount of NFL info is unreal. The best part when you search these hashtags, is you get the option to browse the most popular or the most recent. Why NHL Grand Salami is a Fun Bet to Make Sure, some of the most popular may be late for you to be able to get their pick in, but by knowing who is getting the most views may be reason enough for you to follow them. This way, their content will show up in your feed, allowing you to see it without searching for it. Like everything else, be careful before you take advice from anyone. Don’t jump on Instagram and lay cash down on a side recommended by the first dude you find. The best part is the homework you have to do is fun, because you can move around the Instagram app seamlessly. When you find an Instagram profile that looks like they know what they are talking about, scrolling through their posts has never been easier. When you go to their profile, you will be able to see no less than 12 of their last posts. Not that you should base your entire impression on that, it will give you a good feel for how they run their profile. Some true pick based accounts will show their record each day. How to Bet On Sports – First Half NFL Betting Lines With new content added every minute, there will never be a shortage of stuff for you to look at. Get used to watching the stories, because you have full control over them. You can fast-forward, rewind, pause or skip to stories from the next profile with ease. It’s a ton of fun, as a lot of these guys incorporate humor into their stories, while others give you tips on bankroll management, sportsbooks and other general sports betting topics. If you haven’t already done so, go follow our crew @askthebookie. They are just getting started, but will be making a solid push forward in the coming months. Their aim is to be the place where sports betting meets social media. I will talk more about this topic in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for more great information on how to use Instagram to help you win more bets and beat the bookie.

There are any number of ways to bet on NFL games at your favorite online sportsbooks. Most of the betting action that does come in on a weekly basis are on the pointspread for sides and the OVER/UNDER on the total line. Moneylines are another good option, especially if you really like an underdog to win a game straight-up. One of the more interesting way to bet on NFL games is on the first half lines that most books post as the week wears on closer to Sunday’s full schedule of games. For the most part, the first half line betting the sides is the pointspread cut in half. For example, if Green Bay was set as a seven-point home favorite against Chicago, the first half betting line might be 3.5 points. The same can be said for the total line. If that number was set at 48 points for the entire game, the betting line for the first half might be 24 points. Professional Handicappers and Online Sportsbooks There are exceptions to every rule. However, the most important thing to keep in mind when betting first half NFL spreads and total lines is the matchup at hand. All 32 teams have tendencies that can follow suit from one week to the next. Breaking down a particular matchup, you may find that one team has been able to get out to a fast start in the majority of the games they have played. The ideal matchup for betting the first half would be against a team that likes to dig themselves into an early hole. This may be hard to uncover through the first few weeks of the NFL regular season, but some definite patterns will begin to immerge the closer you get to the midway oint of the 16-game schedule. How You Can Become a Smarter Bettor A perfect example heading into Week 8 is the Philadelphia vs. Jacksonville game in London this Sunday morning. Both of these NFL powers from last season are off to a troubling 3-4 start. The Eagles just blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead against Carolina while the Jaguars spotted Houston a 13-0 lead at the half of Sunday’s 20-7 defeat. The week before, Jacksonville fell behind 24-0 to Dallas in the opening half on its way to a 40-7 loss. Philadelphia is favored by three points in this neutral-site matchup, so you can expect to see a 1.5 to two-point spread for betting the first half. Tracking a team’s scoring trends can be beneficial to both betting the spread and betting the total. The Kansas City Chiefs are the highest scoring team in the NFL through the first seven weeks of the season with an average of 37.1 points per game. They scored 24 points in the first half of their recent 45-10 victory over Cincinnati. Smarter Bettors Blog – Read trending articles and news for gambling sites New Orleans is second on that list with 34.0 PPG. The Saints squeezed out a 24-23 road win against Baltimore in Week 7 with a 17-point surge in the fourth quarter. The Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team in the league at 7-0. They just scored 22 of their 39 points against San Francisco in the first half of that 29-point win. The Rams will be on the road against New Orleans on Nov. 4, two weeks ahead of a Monday night showdown in Kansas City on Nov. 19. Now is the time to keep tracking all three of these team’s first-half scoring trends ahead of two of the biggest matchups on the board in November. Every NFL game has to be broken down on its own merit with a heavy emphasis on current form, key injuries and possible issues with playing conditions at an outdoor venue. However, sometimes a play on the first half spread or total line can jump off the page given each team’s recent scoring trends.

If you are not betting on the NHL, not only are you leaving money on the table, but also you really don’t know what you are missing. Hockey comes in a distant fourth in the “Big Four” of North American sports, with football, basketball and baseball accounting for a large share of betting action. Betting hockey offers many options, however none with the amount of fun betting the NHL Grand Salami offers. Profitability and entertainment are the main reasons why betting the NHL Grand Salami is so fun. The NHL Grand Salami works as the Grand Salami does in other sports, taking into account every game on the schedule that day. It works as your typical OVER/UNDER bet, with sportsbooks offering odds to whether the total number of goals on a given day will go OVER or UNDER the set total. Three Tips to Betting Early Season NHL Hockey Games The NHL Grand Salami also offers odds on HOME and AWAY goals, with the option to bet on a point spread or moneyline on the HOME team goals versus the AWAY team goals. The day of writing this, the NHL has 8 games on the schedule, and the odds for the NHL Grand Salami that day look like this: Side                                       Total                                      Moneyline Away Goals                                          +3.5-110                                                                                +205 Home Goals                                          -3.5-110                                                                                -225 OVER Goals                                                                                          O48.5-115 UNDER Goals                                                                                       U48.5-105 There are so many factors that can determine the outcome of the Grand Salami, and because of this, there is great value to be had wagering on this exotic bet. Oddsmakers have a difficult time creating accurate odds, which explains why more and more smart bettors are making this a popular bet. There are almost always the same amount of bettors on the Grand Salami OVER as there are on the UNDER, further evidence of how tough it is to handicap. If you are a savvy bettor that knows a little more about hockey than most or even if you know where to find advanced analytics for National Hockey League stats, it is easy to be on the correct side of the Grand Salami more often than not. By using your knowledge of hockey on top of studying the numbers, Grand Salami bettors can do very well. Remember, you only need to win 52.4% of your bets to start turning a profit. 5 Things to Look For When Choosing an Online Sportsbook Although winning your bets and making some extra money is a great reason why NHL Grand Salami is a fun bet to make, it is not the only reason. Maybe the biggest reason I love betting the NHL Grand Salami is because it provides a full night of entertainment. No matter if the OVER or the UNDER is your bet that day, you are either cheering for a ton of goals or some fantastic goaltending. If you are planning a night out, or maybe you have and access to every game on the schedule. Maybe you are having some friends in, or are having some alone time, no matter what you are doing, a simple Grand Salami bet puts importance on every game. Having a vested interest in every game is exhilarating. Place a Grand Salami bet and see what I mean. Take a few days and do some homework if you are not comfortable betting on this yet. You don’t even have to do any serious homework yet, all you have to do is write down the Grand Salami odds for that day. When all the games are completed, add up all the scores and see how close oddsmakers came to the correct total, or if they predicted home vs. away goals correctly. It is not uncommon to see sportsbook numbers for odds for these bets to be far off. I have seen a total of 34 for six games be nearly doubled, with a Grand Salami total of 66. Conversely, I have also saw a Saturday total of 75 finish the day at 57. Do your homework and see. How you can become a smarter hockey bettor Doing just a little bit of research on the form of teams playing that day, how the starting goalies have been playing, or if there are any hot players going against a lousy defense, all of these factors will have a direct impact on the amount of goals scored on that night. Simply researching the road and home teams will reveal a lot of useful information, giving you the advantage. So don’t be afraid to get in and study the numbers for a while. The time is now for you to change your mindset from being a sports bettor into a sports investor, and wagering on the NHL Grand Salami is where to start. It is easy to see why NHL Grand Salami is a fun bet to make. Not only is it highly entertaining, but it also provides a ton of value to the smart bettor.

The month of October kicks off betting action for a new season of games in the NHL. Hockey may not be nearly as big as football betting this time of the year, but savvy bettors understand that it is all about winning money when it comes to betting on the games, no matter what sport you are wagering on. Betting early season NHL games at online bookies can offer quite a bit of value if you know where and how to look. The following are three basic tips for betting NHL games early in the season that can improve your overall winning percentage. --The Wait and See Approach Too many sports bettors put the NHL on the backburner to focus all of their handicapping efforts on college football and the NFL. By the time these bettors decide to get on board, the Oddsmakers have already had enough time to sharpen their lines. At the other end of the spectrum are the diehard NHL bettors that are looking to bang the books on opening day. The smartest strategy lies somewhere in between. Sports Betting Blog – Great articles to help make you a smarter bettor Coaching changes, player personnel movement and the long layoff all play a factor in the opening round of regular season NHL games. Most betting advice is geared towards last season’s results and projected results for this season. The biggest betting story from last season was the way the expansion Vegas Golden Knights played right out of the gate. Nobody saw that run all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals coming. When you play an 82-game regular season, the wins and losses are going to add up quick. Taking the first one or two weeks of the new season to watch and track the results without the risking any money on an actual bet, will provide a solid foundation of stats, facts and betting trends to quickly get you up to speed. --Carefully Track the Early Results Even the top NHL handicappers in the country cannot agree on the idea of early games favoring defense and goalies or offense and the sharpshooters. The reason they cannot agree is the simple fact that there is no right or wrong answer. These are the types of things that need to play themselves out in the early part of the season. Tracking a team’s primary goaltender from his first start of the season will immediately point to which goalies are already in mid-season form and which ones could have used a few more exhibition games to work out the kinks. Trending Sports Betting News – Find blog posts from 100’s online sports sites A hot goalie early in the season can not only win games for their teams, they can add value to the UNDER bet on the total line. The same can be said for the sharpshooters in the league. Teams scoring goals early and often points to a coaching scheme that has the right players on the right lines. Even the highest scoring teams in the league go through dry spells, but you are looking for the teams that have gotten hot lighting the lamp right out of the gate. A hot line that is producing multiple points in a singe game can often times lead to early wins as well as a winning bet on the OVER on the total line. --Become a Subject Matter Expert There are 31 teams in the NHL playing in four separate divisions. The ultimate NHL betting junkie is going to take the time to get a thorough understanding of every team in the league as part of their handicapping process. If you do not fall into that category, then why not take your favorite NHL Division and become a subject matter expert for those eight teams. Familiarity breeds a higher level of predictability, so you would only have the concentrate your efforts on the head-to-head division matchups that fit the bill.

Humans are always looking to gain an edge, no matter who it is against. With the margin between winning and losing so small in the sports betting industry, sometimes it is the smallest edge that will make a difference. Did you know bettors need to win 52.4% of their bets just to break even, and a winning percentage of 55% would provide big profits, of course depending on wager amounts? Finding what works for you to gain an edge is key, but smart bettors use 2 or 3 sportsbooks to find an instant edge.   Shopping for Lines and Comparing Odds If there is one reason for you to use multiple sportsbooks is the ability for line shopping. If you have read any of my stuff before, I recommend creating your own power ranking system in order to properly handicap games. Doing so before looking at your sportsbook’s lines can give you a better perspective on how you truly feel a game with play out.   How to Read Sports Odds - basic understanding of how to read sports betting odds By creating your own lines, shopping around various sportsbooks for the line that best suits your bet will often times become the difference between winning and losing. Don’t kid yourself and think that every sportsbook offers the same lines on every game. I used to work for a pick service, and the software we used dragged lines from over 25 sportsbooks. The variation surprised me. There are many reasons why sportsbooks have different lines, but the most common are the demographic of their players and access to competitive lines. I know quite a few bookies, and for this discussion we are going to talk about two, one from Boston and one from New York. It is no secret that a lot of sports fans are homers, and believe in their team to the bitter end. I admire this, but when it comes to betting, it may not be the best strategy. What it causes though is the NY bookie to shade his Giant lines, while the Boston bookie always shades his Patriot lines. If you are looking to bet against either of these teams, there is a good chance you will find a better line with either of these. Not all sportsbooks are the same size, whether it’s employees or their operating budget. Whatever the reason, some books just do not have the personnel to be able to properly monitor lines, and more importantly get them moved.   How You Can Become a Smarter Bettor Line shopping isn’t limited to point spreads either, so if you are someone that likes to bet moneylines, shopping around is a must. You regularly see sportsbooks with different moneyline odds, so be sure to see where your best value lies.   Betting Backup Although it does not happen often to the larger online sportsbooks because they have their own backup contingency plan, when it does happen it is very frustrating. Having 2 or 3 sportsbooks will eliminate this issue. After trying to login into one account a couple times just to receive errors as start time quickly creeps up, you simply try your next book, and get your bet in there. It may not seem like a big deal, but if this has ever happened to you, you know the feeling. Even if it only happens two or three times a year, having a betting backup in the form of multiple sportsbooks will eliminate this issue all together.   Bonuses and Contests It is no secret that the online sports betting industry is highly competitive and sportsbooks get very inventive when it comes to ways to give back to their players. Bonuses and contests will help you stretch your betting dollar, so naturally using more sportsbooks and getting more bonuses and contests if a big plus. There are different rules, regulations and rollovers for every book, and by knowing these, you can cater to your own needs when depositing, withdrawing, etc. By getting the most out of each deposit will give you one more little edge that you are always searching for. What is better than getting free entry into a Last Man Standing pool? How about getting free entry into three Last Man Standing pools. In the end, by using bonuses and contests to your advantage, it can potentially increase your bottom-line and turn a losing season into a winning one. Other advantages include middling opportunities, more betting options and post times, but line shopping, having a proper backup and using bonuses and contests to get the most of your betting budget are most important. I recommend using three sites to give you a really good feel for the different lines, because more can be too confusing, while two is not quite enough variety. By putting a couple more sportsbooks in your stable will undoubtedly increase your profitability. Deposit 33% of your betting budget into each account, using their extras to get the most out of them. Getting a point here or a half point there, or getting a moneyline with better odds is the easiest way to make you a smarter bettor.

Sports in general would have to top the list of favorite pastimes for the entire world. From crazy US College and NFL football fans, to soccer hooligans scattered across the globe to the friendly cricket match goers, everyone loves sports. Another favorite of most is making money off of sports. Short of being a multi-millionaire owner of a professional sport squad, options are scanty if you want to profit from sports. A lot of people try to make money betting on sports, but few are good at it. Bookmakers make their fair share, there is that, but you don’t have the time to become a bookie. Another way to make money in sports is to start selling your sports betting picks and advice. How You Can Become a Smarter Bettor Like any other business, you need a business plan. How will you sell your picks? Subscription, package, individual or a combination of them? What’s your marketing plan, how will bettors looking for a pick service find you? How will your clients get your picks, how will your send for best results that your clients get them in a timely fashion? How much your picks will cost your clients is another major element. However, I still haven’t talked about perhaps the most important factor if you are going to succeed in the sports handicapping business. You can’t suck. If you don’t regularly pick winners, all bets are off. This may seem obvious, but I’ve gotten in trouble in the past assuming common sense. This is a tough enough business to break into if you’re not a well-known handicapper, but you have no chance of getting the public to pay for bad picks. Let’s start from the top. What selling model will you use? A subscription will let users pay a set fee on a weekly or monthly basis while packages will bring you money for a full NFL season or daily MLB baseball. Selling individual picks is also an option, but if it were up to me, I’d have as many options to pay to buy picks as the customer wanted.  - Professional Handicappers and Online Sportsbooks Marketing, next to a great winning percentage, is the most important factor if you want your pick service to be successful. I can’t stress enough how important it is to market your services to the correct demographic in order to maximize your chances of acquiring paying customers. Social media is an extremely powerful marketing tool giving you great exposure to a specific demographic for reasonable fee. Here I go assuming again, but you’re starting a website too right? I would strongly recommend creating a website that is easy to navigate and laid out in an organized fashion. Too many bells and whistles turn some off, so just stay modern and make it easy for the customer to find what they’re looking for. If you have a budget that can afford them, sports talk radio on satellite offer decent rates for airtime, and are hitting the exact population you’re looking for. Driving traffic to your site through social media as well as using SEO (search engine optimization) strategies is a must in order to compete in this game. 5 Things to Look For When Choosing an Online Sportsbook The next decision is how your clients will get your picks. Through your website would be the obvious start, but if you really want to please your players, something easier for them should be considered. A Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is a standard way to send multimedia content straight to a mobile phone or any other mobile device, and is readily available. Email and an answering system are options, but who wants to listen to a pick on a voicemail? Not me. I’m going to leave costing for you, you can figure out your own pricing, but if you are a great sports handicapper, maybe starting your own pick service is something you should look into. Before I leave, going way back to the top, becoming a bookie is really not out of reach with the help of a Pay Per Head bookie software. Take a look at some of the PPH reviews found here on this site. After signing up with a PPH site, with one small fee per head, you instantly have your own website with a world-class sportsbook. Will you still want to sell picks?