Which Type Of Sports Bettor Are You?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:17 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 5:17 PM UTC

Are you the action junkie, the sports expert, the high roller, the investor, or some other type of bettor? Read on to find out!

<p>We're all in this game for one reason or another, right? On the face of it, the whole thing is kind of silly when you think about it. We're risking our actual, hard-earned dollars and cents on the outcomes of sports games that we can't possibly predict with any kind of consistent accuracy. The fact that casinos and sportsbooks still exist should prove to any rational, logical human being that this is a losing venture, because if it was that easy to beat the bookie, they'd all go out of business.</p><p>So why do you bet? Why do I bet? Here's a fun self-assessment exercise, and you might recognize yourself in more than one of these categories. If you happen to find yourself in a category you don't like, well, stay positive! You can always learn to move yourself into a different category!</p><p>These are the seven types of bettors I've identified over the years:</p><h2><strong>The Action Junkies</strong></h2><p>I'm addicted to the adrenaline of placing a bet and seeing what happens. I don't pay too much attention to my chances of winning, I just want to get money on the table. I'll probably lose more money than I win, but that's OK, this is pure entertainment and if I lose today, there's always tomorrow. I don't always have the patience to wait through an entire game to see the outcome, so I frequently place first-half/first-quarter/first-period bets, and I do a lot of live-game betting in the middle of a contest.</p><h2><strong>The Get-Rich-Quick Players</strong></h2><p>I just want to see if I can land a big jackpot. I play the slot machines and buy lottery tickets for the same reason, because eventually I'm going to cash a big ticket, so bring on those crazy 12-leg parlays! I've never met a prop bet that I didn't like. If I have the discipline to cash out and walk away after I hit a big payout, I might actually make some cash.</p><h2><strong>The Sports Expert</strong></h2><p>I know a lot about hockey, or football, or college hoops, and the only way to prove how much of an expert I am is to put my money where my mouth is. I know the teams, the players, the coaches, and I read up on all the latest news. This gives me a slight edge, so I focus more on trying to outsmart the bookies by beating their spreads, totals, and moneylines. I might be getting a bad deal on a payout, but I don't care, I know that Purdue is in a great spot tonight, and I'm 99 percent sure they'll win. You'll see, I'll be proven right in the end.</p><p><img src="https://thumbs.gfycat.com/HappygoluckyArtisticIberianlynx-size_restricted.gif" /></p><h2><strong>The High-Rollers</strong></h2><p>I have too much cash to burn, I'm a bit of an action junkie, and also a bit of a sports expert, so when I bet I go High Limit. The Canucks are locks to win tonight, so I'm throwing down $10,000 for a chance to win $5,000.</p><h2><strong>The Curious</strong></h2><p>I'm new to sports wagering, but I've heard there's money to be made, so I want to see what it's all about. I'm a "tight" player, so I wager small amounts, and I don't really have a firm strategy yet. I'm mostly following the advice of other people, but I'll probably never dive in too deeply, so if I hit a nasty losing streak, I'm probably done wagering for a good long time.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe src=\"https://gifer.com/embed/W1VW\" width=\"480\" height=\"258.000\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://gifer.com\"&gt;via GIFER&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>The Investors</strong></h2><p>I play by the numbers and I don't trust my gut feeling. I know when I'm getting a financial edge, and that's where I make my plays, regardless of the teams involved. I make some bets that other players would laugh at, because they seem like losing bets on the surface, but I'm marching to a different beat and when the math says "make the play," I make the play. I know I'm not going to hit a huge jackpot, and I'm not in this for the adrenaline, I'm here to grind it out every week and just turn a consistent profit. If I'm up by 6-7 percent at the end of the month, I'm ecstatic.</p><h2><strong>The Sharps</strong></h2><p>I'm in an elite group, and my kind is what you aspire to be. I not only have a knowledge of the sports I'm wagering, I also have complex systems that tell me which bets are the smartest, and I have a lot of money to spend. Before the point spreads are even released, I know the Celtics should be 7-point favorites, and if the sportsbooks list the Celtics at -5, I'm putting thousands of dollars on that game. The sportsbooks know me, and my bets have the power to move the lines very quickly. I've been banned from some sportsbooks, and others have put limits on how much I'm allowed to bet, so I'm constantly shopping around for the best deals at several different books.</p><p>So which type of bettor are you? Which type of bettor would you like to be?</p><p>Stay tuned for future betting strategy posts, and be sure to check out my other sports analysis on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/HooksPicks" title="Follow Me on Twitter">@HooksPicks</a> and on Patreon at patreon.com/hookspicks!</p>
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