Sports Betting Success Starts Before You Even Place Your 1st Bet

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Friday, September 16, 2016 9:51 PM GMT

So, let’s get a few things straight here. You didn’t land on Sportsbook Review by accident, and it’s a safe assumption that you clicked on this article because, like any educated person, you want to be sure that you’re making the best decisions with your money.

They will tell you that sports betting is a risky proposition, but hell, crossing the street is risky, one night stands, deciding if you should or should not book that weekend trip with the boys to the Caribbean when you know you have a deadline at work looming.

Sure it can be a risk, but like any action in life, it all comes down to minimizing the risks involved through practice, preparation and calculation. Sports betting in no exception to the natural laws of human nature, and starting today, we are going to make sure that YOU are taking the small steps necessary to cutting back on your risks and increasing your profits today.

Shopping for a Sportsbook
So simple, yet so often overlooked when it comes to finding ways to increase your profits. Finding a place to bet is always step one, but finding the RIGHT PLACE TO BET is an entirely different process. That being said, the difference between finding “A” place versus finding “THE” place is usually only a few minutes.

Hell, in most cases our Sportsbook Rating guide actually saves you time, and if you can't find value in using this tool when selecting your book, you probably shouldn't be betting. This is not an insult, but a calculated assumption, and given that I make my living off of calculated assumptions, you probably want to take my advice here.

To keep the sportsbook selection process simple, let's break down our requirements into three basic steps:

  • Check Trustworthiness
  • Compare Bonus Incentives
  • Find Complementary Books


TRUSTWORTHY
Deciding where to bet might seem somewhat overwhelming, but let's dumb it down for a second. The most important factor for anyone looking to open up an account should be the overall reliability of the betting site selected. “Will they pay me out, or will they conveniently stop answering the phones the moment I hit that four team parlay?” Answer this question before you even need to ask it by doing the research, or in this case, use SBR's Rating Guide, because let's face it… we have already done the research for you.

A+ or A-? What's the Difference? Great Question
Sure some sportsbooks really have their act together, but does this mean that a B rated sportsbook should be avoided? Truth be told, you can find some amazing sportsbooks further down the list, and our reviews show a full history and breakdown of each to help you know that a smaller shop might be the place for you.

BONUSES

First time bettors… listen up.

The bonus is your best friend. If that is not the case, then let's just both go ahead and agree that you made a smart decision clicking on this article.

Sportsbooks offer bonuses to entice new customers to signup, and it is not shocking to see that the start of a new football season tends to see these offers get more and more competitive. Big numbers and flashy numbers are used to grab your attention, but the fine print will likely explain exactly how the bonus is meant to work. A full breakdown of all bonus types can be found here, so do yourself a favor and read it. It will affect your bankroll and the way you bet.

Our bonus page combines both our industry leading reviews with the current top bonuses on offer at the book, giving you the two most important measuring sticks needed to select your first (or next) sportsbook.

COMPLEMENTARY BOOKS

Solid rating?… Check
Solid bonus?... Check

Now I am going to save you some headaches here. You are crazy… let me repeat that… CRAZY to have only one sportsbook account open with a balance.

If you haven't done this yet, you are already behind. Whether you know it or not, you have already limited your success as a gambler by ignoring this step

Line shopping, and the ability to do so is one of the biggest factors that prevents casual bettors from being successful. I honestly cannot tell you how many times I avoided a push by being able to grab the half point at another sportsbook over my standard shop.

A smart bettor will have at least 3 or 4 accounts, giving them the option to grab the high line here or the lower line there depending on the bet and the risk involved. And believe me, there is nothing worse than having to wager more than you want on a matchup simply because you are unable to signup and fund an account by kickoff.

Not sure who else to add to your arsenal of sportsbook accounts? Go back to Step 1.