Creating the Edge with Football Betting – Handicapping in a Nutshell

We all know what it’s like to lose a bet whether to a friend, a co-worker, or even at a casino. Usually this bet is made because each side of the coin has a cause and effect, i.e. win or lose. The feeling of winning money is like no other feeling and can only be equaled by some of life’s greatest thrills. This is what makes betting on football such an intriguing idea. Not only does your bet last for about 150 minutes until there is a declaration of winner and loser, but there can be a lot of time and effort put into the process to predict winners and come away with some cash.

There are tips, hints, and strategies that go into making football picks and it does not all have to do with statistics and team history. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you are not required to bet on all the games. You can pick and choose which games you want to bet on and only pick the games that have an expectation of a positive return.

The bread and butter of picking winners while placing football bets is to know the art of handicapping. This is much more than just a number put in the paper known as “the spread.” Understanding how this number is devised is one of the key ways to finding success in the world of football betting.

This is what the best football handicappers do. They study statistics, team history, player history, and many of them have years of experience in the business and, to be honest, it is something that can not be taught – it has to be acquired through years of trial, error, and research. To start gaining this experience, all you will need to do is watch other bettors to get an idea of a starting point to gain insight.

Handicapping is nothing more than the art of acquiring useful information. You are essentially trying to predict the outcome of a sporting score that can’t possibly be determined without proper studying, getting the latest news, or injury reports, and being aware of a team’s current situation both in the locker room and on the field.

Your primary goal should be to win over 50% of your bets. The greatest handicappers are rarely right more than 58% of the time. This may sound like a pipe dream but with the proper steps of understanding handicapping, it can be done.

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