Secrets of Professional Sports Betting


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1. MILLIONS OF BETTORS: Sports betting is an obsession. While the Super Bowl is the biggest betting event in America, generating billions of dollars in bets, additional billions are bet each year on all the major sports.

2. GREAT VALUE: $19.95 is a great value for bettors who routinely bet hundreds of dollars every weekend.

3. A MUST-BUY SPORTS BETTING BOOK: Sports bettors are always looking for an edge.

4. WEB SUPPORT: Cardoza Publishing is launching a Sports Betting section on its web site in July, 2008 and supporting it with mailings to 200,000 sports bettors through emails and catalogs.

5. UPDATED: Updated with the latest information and strategies.

It's time to win now! You'll learn how to separate the truths from the myths of sports betting and make money in the real world with practical strategies. The major betting sports are covered with a special emphasis on football, basketball, baseball and hockey, along with concepts, tips, theories and techniques that apply to all sports.

In addition to hard-hitting specific strategies for recognizing opportunities and finding value — money line wagering, buying points, hedging bets, trends versus systems, incomplete rosters, over/under plays, prop bet opportunities, connected wagers, betting games (not spreads) and much more — you'll learn the mental aspects necessary for winning: keeping records, money management, analyzing wagers, and how to think differently from the average losing gambler. Kochan includes over 50 real-world examples of great bets!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580422567
  • Publisher: Cardoza
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 784,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kochan is a professional sports gambler who breathes, lives and dies for sports betting.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
The Basics of Sports Betting     13
The Point Spread     14
The Money Line     15
Over/Under Wagers     17
Future Wagers     17
3 Top Tips for Novice Sports Bettors     21
Set Your Goal to Make Money     21
Keep Your Emotions in Check     22
Don't Gamble for the Action Alone     23
7 Important Money Management Tips     25
Bet Bigger on Your Most Secure Wagers     25
Wager Proportionately with Your Bankroll     27
Bet in Terms of Units     29
Set Financial Goals     30
Cash Out on a Regular Basis     31
Do Not Gamble Over Your Head     32
Do Not Loan Money to Others     33
11 Do's for Successful Sports Handicapping     35
Wager with a Sports Book     35
Understand a Wide Variety of Bets     37
Use the Internet to Find and Make Solid Bets     39
Know Your Sport     42
Understand the Purpose of the Line     46
Analyze Wagers from Both Sides of the Coin     48
Maintain Your Discipline     50
Learn from Your Mistakes     51
TakePicks from Friends     52
Stick to Your Strengths and Successful Style     54
Keep a Record of Your Sports Gambling History     55
9 Don'ts for Successful Sports Handicappers     61
Don't Bet Just Because the Game is on TV     61
Never Fall in Love with a Team     62
Don't Bet Foolishly on Your Favorites     63
Never Assume Anything     64
Don't Get Upset Over Upsets     65
Don't Force Bets to Recoup Losses     67
Bet the Game, Not the Spread     68
Don't Focus on Past Statistics     69
Beware of Bets Where One Play Can Beat You     70
7 Things to Look for in the Spread     73
Who is Injured?     73
Who is Hot? Who is Cold?     73
What are the Matchups Like?     74
Have the Teams Played Against Each Other this Season? What Were the Results?     75
Are they a Good Home Team? Are they a Good Road Team?     75
What Kind of Style and Tempo Will the Game Have?     75
Which Team is Rested? Which is Not? Who Played Last Night?     76
7 Strategies for Winning     77
When You Find a Good Spread, Take It     77
Back Up Your Sports Knowledge with Stats      79
Accurately Interpret Line Movement     79
Make Quality Bets, Not a Quantity of Bets     84
Bet on Hot Teams, Bet Against Cold Teams     86
Standing Pat is Okay     88
Leave Room for Error     89
7 Ways to Wager     97
Wager on the Money Line     97
Wager with Parlays     105
Hedge Your Bet to Put Money in Your Pocket     107
Take Advantage of Live Betting     111
Make Halftime Bets     114
Bet on Awards     119
Buy Points     121
Summary     125
5 More Ways to Win     127
Place Proposition Bets on Individual Players     127
Find Windows of Opportunity by Middling     143
Make Connected Wagers     146
Bet a Realistic Window of Estimated Outcomes     147
Make Future Bets     150
3 Sports Betting Concepts You Must Know     153
They are Not "Due" for a Win     153
Garbage Time     154
Be Very Concerned if You Are Getting Killed on Big Bets     157
7 Strategies for Wagering on Team Sports     163
Bet on Teams You Can Trust     163
Bet on Players You Can Trust      166
Trends Versus Systems     166
New Coach Equals Team Change     170
Big Teams Can Be Unjustly Favored     172
Bet Against Teams Resting Key Players     175
Bet on a Playoff Series     179
8 Top Tips for Betting Football     183
An Effective NFL Betting Strategy     183
NFL Over/Under Wagers     188
NFL Games Are Higher Scoring When the Game is Played in a Dome     192
Turnovers Give Wagers Added Unpredictability     194
Bet Against Young or Unproven Backup Quarterbacks     195
Bet on Quality Quarterbacks     197
Wagering on NFL Road Teams     198
NFL Injuries     200
3 Top Tips for Betting Baseball     203
Never a Lock in Baseball     203
Wager on Hot Pitchers     204
Baseball Offers Good Opportunities to Wager the Over     207
7 Top Tips for Betting Basketball     211
Watch Out for NBA Teams Playing Two Games in Two Nights     211
Find Value with Injuries in Basketball     212
Take Advantage of Incomplete Rosters and Travel Schedules in the Preseason     217
Young NBA Teams Find it Hard to Win on the Road     219
How to Wager on Over/Unders in the NBA     221
What to Look for in NBA Over/Under Bets     224
College Basketball Tips and Strategies     229
TIPS     229
Strategies     231
4 Top Tips for Betting Other Sports     235
Diversify Your Sports Knowledge to Capitalize on More Opportunities     235
Hockey Wagering     236
Tennis Wagering     237
International Events     243
Wrapping It Up     249
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