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How to Bet on Sports: The Fundamentals of Sports Gambling

Jun 18, 2018 9:54 AM EDT

Sports betting is loaded with unique terms, concepts, strategies and more, and can be very confusing for both new and experienced bettors. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a handful of articles from The Action Network’s team of analysts to learn how to bet on sports and help explain everything bettors need to know to expand their sports betting repertoires.

Sports Betting Tips:

Sports Betting for Beginners: 10 Things to Know

Here’s a crash course on the basics to help get new bettors up to speed before placing their first wagers.

Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting terminology is unique and can be intimidating for new bettors. Our glossary defines many of the terms commonly used across the sports-betting landscape.

Common Mistakes Sports Bettors Should Avoid

Trust us, everyone makes mistakes betting on sports. We’ve listed the most common ones we see from recreational bettors so your sports betting can bypass similar growing pains.

The Importance of Bankroll Management in Sports Betting

Proper bankroll management is vital to not only maximizing winning streaks, but also weathering the rough patches as well.

Terms and Strategies for Attacking the Sports Betting Market

Monitoring the real-time sports betting market is key for every winning sports bettor. Here’s what bettors need to know to not only track which lines are moving, but also dissecting why they’re moving.

How to Win with The Action Network’s Data

Using The Action Network’s live odds and proprietary public betting data, bettors can fade the public and follow sharp action to pinpoint profitable wagering opportunities.

The Difference Between Sharp and Square Sportsbooks

Knowing the differences between offshore sportsbooks is crucial when determining which sportsbooks are right for you.

Sports Betting Concepts to Know to Wager Like a Pro

Experienced sports bettors know and use these methods with regularity to gain an advantage over the long haul.

What Sports Bettors Need to Know About Bitcoin

Using Bitcoin to deposit and withdraw from sportsbooks has both advantages and disadvantages all bettors need to know.

The Importance of Closing Line Value in Sports Betting

While we’d all rather our bets win than lose, sometimes the outcome of a bet doesn’t tell the whole story. Instead, sharp bettors tend to determine the quality of their bets by comparing them to the closing line.

No, Vegas Doesn’t Really Know the Outcome of Sporting Events

Betting lines are not as predictive regarding the outcomes of sporting events as many on social media want you to believe.

Proceed with Caution When Considering Parlays

Recreational bettors aren’t the only ones who love parlays — sportsbooks do too. This article reveals the numbers behind parlays that all bettors need to know.

The Biggest Mistake Made by Recreational Sports Bettors

We analyze why betting too many games is a key mistake for recreational sports bettors.

How to Bet on the NFL:

NFL Betting Tips: How Rule Changes Impact Margin of Victory

Understanding key numbers is crucial to maximizing line value when betting on the NFL. Bettors need to be aware of how key numbers have evolved since the NFL moved extra point attempts back to the 15-yard line prior to the 2015 season.

NFL Over/Under Betting Tips: Key Numbers to Know When Wagering on Totals

Because over/unders aren’t talked about as regularly as spreads, many recreational NFL bettors are surprised to learn that there are key numbers associated with over/under betting, as well. We analyze how bettors can use this data to ensure they’re always getting the best of the number.

NFL Over/Under Betting: How to Take Advantage of Weather Trends

Knowing how weather affects scoring is a key factor for savvy bettors looking to find NFL over/under betting value.

Is it Smart to Buy Half-Points When Betting on the NFL?

We analyze whether it’s smart for NFL bettors to buy extra half-points off key numbers over the long haul.

Strategies to Help Dominate Your NFL Survivor Pool

By leveraging our Bet Labs simulations and player pick percentages, you can quickly improve your chances of winning your NFL survivor pool this season.

How to Bet on College Football:

How to Bet on College Football: 8 Betting Tips to Win More This Season

This article provides eight easy betting strategies that can quickly help bettors win more college football wagers.

College Football Betting Tips: Why it Pays to Fade the Public

Not only has betting against the public been profitable historically for college football bettors, but it’s gotten even better in recent years. We take a look at why this strategy works and detail exactly how bettors can take advantage.

How to Bet on College Football: An Over/Under Trend Worth Targeting

Not every winning betting strategy has to be complicated. This simple over/under betting system takes advantage of effective rushing offenses when betting college football totals.

How to Bet on Baseball:

10, Easy Profitable Tips for Betting Baseball

Betting strategies like tracking sharp action, knowing weather and umpires and taking advantage of line shopping and reduced juice can immediately make you a smarter baseball bettor.


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