How to Get Started in Sports Betting

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Sports betting has become a part of many people’s sports culture and is now legal in more states. While it may be fun to gamble on your favorite team or player, it’s important to know how much risk you are taking with each wager and consider your financial situation and strategy before placing a bet. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started.

A key factor to remember when betting on sports is that you will lose bets, it’s just a fact of life. Regardless of how much research you do, or how experienced you are, there are going to be some losses, especially in the beginning. These losses can come from bad luck, injuries or even from a bad call by a referee at an important moment of the game. It’s important to keep track of your bets (a simple spreadsheet works fine) and understand why some bets lost.

Odds are constantly adjusting to the action coming in at the sportsbook and to other factors like weather, injuries and player/team performance. This makes it important to be able to adjust your opinion of a game quickly and place a bet before the line moves in your favor or against you.

Often, the odds on a bet will show two sides of the bet – the over and under. The over/under is a bet on the total score in a game. If a bet is placed on the over and the final adjusted score is exactly the same as the over/under, the bet is considered a push and most sportsbooks will refund those bets.