It’s been a few days since my last post and that’s partly because I’ve decided to go in a slightly different direction. The divisional betting previews are being temporarily shelved until we get a little closer to the season. So, for today, I’m going to simply provide a few links that I think explain the basics of handicapping baseball.
For some of you, this might not spark a lot of interest or excitement. But, if you want to become a successful sports-betting investor rather than someone who gambles on sports for pure entertainment value, I suggest reading on.
1. Handicapping Basics – Sports Betting Insights
The “Handicapping Basics” article essentially provides you with a look at what I, along with every other professional baseball handicapper, does on a daily basis. The two-part article may get a little math-heavy for beginning bettors but it really is a necessary read if you plan to become a professional sports bettor.
However, do not think that handicapping baseball starts and ends with the information provided in that article. It does give a solid framework for what needs to be done and what I do on a daily basis. It also might be a little discouraging once you realize that it can take hours and hours to handicap a particular day’s games and choose the right match-ups to play.
2. Offensive Variables – Tony Diamond Sports
Honestly, I don’t think this is a particularly good article. But what’s important is that it does provide a very good list of variables that you want to take into consideration when handicapping a particular game. Once you’ve figured out the basics of handicapping (from the article above), these are the variables that you’ll want to plug into your equation to provide a far more accurate prediction and allow you to exploit the lines.
3. How Betting on Baseball Works – The Baseball Analysts (from “Why You Shouldn’t Bet on Baseball”)
To me, this particular article is the most interesting of the three. The article, from a few years ago, actually makes a case for why you should not bet on baseball because it is simply not possible to win in the long run. Obviously, I disagree with that particular notion, because my bankroll (and those of several other professionals) directly refute that notion.
Which is exactly what is proven by a professional sports bettor (going by the name “Umaga”) in the comments section of the article explains. Yes, I know this particular link may be a little tough to read but I do think that the back and forth between the writer of the article and “Umaga” provide excellent insight into the profitable/unglamourous/fun world of betting on baseball.