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Be A Sharp Gambler

Be A Sharp Gambler

The gambling world is full of people who just throw down hard earned money without thinking about what they are doing. Are you one of those people who will just go with the flow? If so, you are most likely a losing gambler or you are not winning as much money as you could be. There are three main factors that make up every successful gambler: money management, value and knowledge. This article will take a look at all these of these areas and help you become a sharp gambler.

Money Management

It’s amazing how many people gamble and don’t think, for even one second, about money management. You wouldn’t go on a trip without thinking about what you want to do right? Then why gamble without a goal? When you go on a trip, is your goal to simply go on a trip? Of course it’s not. You at least decide on a destination, time of stay and so forth.

Before you gamble, you should have some goals in mind. Here’s a quick list of a couple goals you want to define.

1.What is your total bankroll for the gambling session?

2.If I am ahead $X, I will leave.

3.If I lose X% of my bankroll, I will leave or I will leave once my bankroll is gone.

4.I will devote most of my time to playing [ insert game ].

5.While playing [ insert game ], my average bet will be around $x.

Defining these five goals will help you keep organized and focused.


The sharp gambler stay way from bets that are for suckers. He or she is only concerned with getting good value. Here’s a list of key bets and activities to stay away from.

1.Slot Machines – The payback percentage is poor.

2.Roulette – Huge house advantage.

3.Proposition bets in Craps.

4.Parlay cards in sports betting that contain a large amount of selections.

5.The insurance bet in Blackjack.

6.The tie bet in Baccarat.

7.Caribbean Stud Poker, which has a large house advantage.


There’s no law against playing the above items from time to time, but you have to do it in moderation and not make these items part of your main betting activities.


This is one of those factors that separate the long-term winning gamblers from the consistently losing gamblers. If you are going to wager on something, you should know all you can about it. Study the game, learn the tricks and understand everything about it. By being knowledgeable in the game, you will know how to maximize your wagers and your time.

Pick a game you want to play and follow this guide to become a guru.

1.First, research the game by typing in the name at your local search engine. Look for how-to-play articles, tips and strategy. You will find many free resources out there.

2.Find an online casino that offers play money games and go practice what you have learned. If are learning about sports betting or horse racing, find a sports book to get odds from and play bet.

3.Visit your bookstore and look for books on the subject. Sit down at the store and read a little.

Keep reading and searching for the area(s) you like and soon you will become a very sharp player. Knowledge is power, especially in the gambling world.

By improving yourself in these three areas, you will have a great possibility of winning more consistently and you will have more fun because you are organized, focused and education.

Successful Baseball Betting

Successful Baseball Betting

The season of MLB baseball is a long one, thanks to each team playing 162 games, and it’s filled to the brim with opportunity. The successful baseball bettor can make an excellent profit over the course of a season. Picking winners in MLB baseball is done by a simple win or lose wager. There are no point spreads in major league baseball. Baseball bettors can utilize the run line to minimize money line amounts. So how does one win successful over the course of a MLB season? Let’s take a look at a couple key ideas.

Run Line

Betting on baseball involves picking the winner on the money line. For example, if you liked the favorite and they were - $2.50, you would bet $2.50 for each $1 you want to win. Should you love the underdog and they are + 2.15, you would receive $2.50 for every dollar wagered.

Sometimes you really like a favorite, but the money is far too high. Betting on $2.00 or larger favorites is not really the way to build up your bankroll. If you just have to bet the team, consider betting them on the run line. By giving up the 1.5 runs (so your team must win by 2 or more runs), you will greatly decrease the money line. If your selection is truly a good team, compared to the opponent, they will have s very good shot of winning on the run line.


You must know your pitchers to win in MLB baseball long-term. That’s a concrete fact and there’s no way around. In MLB Baseball, the pitcher is the dominant force. A solid pitcher can completely control the game and turn a decent team into a powerhouse for one game. Most sports bettors fail, because they name bet. This is when you bet on a team based on the name and reputation of the pitcher instead of looking at all the underlying stats related to the specific game.

Instead of betting on pitcher just because of his name, here’s a short list of a couple pieces of information you want to gather and compare to the opposing pitcher.

1. What is his record against the other team (give extra weight to recent games)?

2. What is his team’s record again the other team when he pitches?

3. How does he pitch at the location the game is at?

4. How many innings does he normally pitch? What about against this opponent?

5. Has the pitcher been nursing any injuries lately or is he coming back from one?

That’s five general questions you need to ask. There are more, but these are good to get started with.

Managers and Scoring

It’s good to know your managers. More importantly, know what their playing strategy is. For example, does the manager love to play “small ball” or does he play for solid hits and home runs? If the manager does not like to play small ball and is lacking power hitters and very solid OBP (on base percentage guys), scoring will be hit and miss. Managers that love to play small ball and have a fair number of guys with a good average and OBP will score runs fairly consistently. This does not mean they will win, but you can usually count on these teams to score a few runs on any given day.

Now, let’s put it together. If you have a pitcher who generally gives up 7-8 hits and 1-2 walks a game and has a low ERA going against a “small ball” type team with a good number of players with solid OBP numbers, what do you think will happen? That pitcher is going to, potentially, give up some runs. However, if he is facing a more hit & homer type team, he could potentially freeze them out of runs.

There are many more aspects to look at, but these three areas are critical to selecting baseball winners. Winning long-term is not just about picking winners, it’s also about getting good value on your wagers.