Acquiring knowledge around a sport is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cultivate an edge when it come to your punting.
So, if you are looking to place an informed bet on the Six Nations, the PGA Tour, or the European Cup – why does it help to expand your knowledge and how do you go about doing it?
Why Should I Learn About My Sport?
To Understand The Things Odds Don’t Cover: One of the first lessons punters learn is that there are a huge number of shifting variables that simply cannot be quantified in statistics. What is it that makes a team play well together; an individual retain their form; or sportsperson break through their losing streak to take victory? For many punters, it’s having a depth of knowledge of the game or event that compliments the action on-screen. For example, it’s common knowledge that Rory McIlroy has been underperforming lately, failing to make the cut for the Portstewart-based Irish Open. But this could have been predicted due to a change in his sponsorship deal. While testing his new set of TaylorMade clubs, McIlroy injured himself on a putter. This caused him to take time off, start second-guessing his game and begin a chain-reaction of events that led to the Northern Irishman losing his edge and suffering a confidence hit that he has yet to recover from. And a well-informed punter would also know that a recent extension to that $100m TaylorMade deal will provide some additional pressure…
Spot A More Useful Punt: Having an in-depth knowledge of the sport helps to expand your awareness of the game in general. And with information to hand, your options for making a perceptive punt are greatly expanded. For example, while larger leagues are well covered, smaller leagues do not carry the same level of importance and can allow you to hoover up winnings and learn the form of some teams or players who are threatening to break out or make a name for themselves.
Know What Happens Next: The more you understand something, the more you can appreciate the nuance of the event. You can use this knowledge to make more money off games or playoffs – especially with the advent of live-play. For example, while you can comfortably take a punt on a player winning a snooker event, being able to spot a setup early-on in the game that’s going to cause catastrophe later in the frame lets you put your money down and know if their opponent has what it takes in their toolkit to counter it.
Ultimately, your goal as a punter is to acquire enough knowledge about the game to make quick, confident, and informed decisions about which punts to place, and how they can be structured to maximise your profits and minimise losses.
So, if you’re looking to build your depth of knowledge about an event, what’s the best way to go about picking it up?
Settle On A Subset That Interests You
One of the easiest ways to learn a subject quickly is to find a way into it that’s interesting to you. If you have a general interest in the sport, is there a player, team, country, or tournament you are particularly interested in? Or if you’re looking to put a bit of money down on a tournament, you could use that as your key area of focus. Once you’ve made your choice, it’s time to do a bit of ‘hands on’ research and watch a few matches or events being played. Or, if you have a friend already interested in the sport, invite them out for a pint and ask them to explain the nuances of the game. After all, we learn best through tuition and you have to repay them for their valuable time – it’s research.
Start Reading / Using The Internet
Once you’ve settled on the area that you want to focus on, it’s time to start digging a little deeper and start assembling the resources necessary to keep fully up-to-date with regular developments. Best practice is to get on Twitter and start following the accounts of players and teams. You can also set up news alerts through google directly to your inbox to keep abreast of daily developments or subscribe to any number of sports apps or newsletters. Aim to gather as many options as you can and start whittling them down until you reach a manageable amount of regularly updated information and are able to enjoy a steady, condensed diet of information on a daily basis.
Learn To Spot Your Favourites
For many punters, this is the most useful skill that you can acquire. Once you start noticing patterns in gameplay, start asking why these are happening – because chances are that there will be a wealth of pundits waiting to weigh in. If a player catches your eye, look at their form and history. Where have they come from to end up where they are, and where do they look likely to end up? Are there commonalities that can be passed on to other players? And does it look like one of your favourites is placed to be on the road to success..?
Test Out Your Punting Technique (on paper)
Eventually, it will be time to put your money where your mouth is… after all, there’s no point putting in all this legwork if you’re not going to make a bit of bank. Before you do so, make sure that your hunches are played out on paper first and – when you do start placing your actual readies down, make sure that you are operating within your budget and that you track your outcomes and results.
What Else Should I Do?
Look At Free Courses Online: The rise of online-education means that every punter has a wealth of sites and programs to hand that can give you a head-start on the competition. Learn the basics of poker, the principles or golf, or even courses to help you learn and master new skills faster. Or you can even head down the road of relevant skills-learning that van brings benefit to your punting and everyday life with finance management, maths tuition, or the rules of statistics.
Continuously Ask If It’s Worth It: When it comes to implementing any plans as part of your punting, it’s incredibly important to stop, take stock and check that you are gaining something quantifiable from your hard-won time. Always check your bets on paper before you place more substantial stakes and, when you do start your punting, ensure that you’re seeing returns. If not, take action! This could simply mean that you need to change your learning method, switch up your punting strategy, or switch to a different league or event.
Make Use Of Tipsters: Of course, for some people, there are simply not going to be enough hours in the day to devote to gambling research and analysis. Luckily, there are always those who live and breathe punting in the form of our expert tipsters who are more than happy to pass on their knowledge. To learn more about our fully vetted and tracked individuals, check out our website directly from here.