Football Betting Life Hacks: Are You Costing Yourself Money?

Jason Lake

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017 12:37 PM UTC

If you want to get the most out of your football picks, you need to shop around for the best odds on the betting market. That means having more than one active account.

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Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you know everything there is to know about football. You know the game itself, inside and out: the rules, the plays, the degree of difficulty and responsibility at each position, the effect that weather has at outdoor venues. You understand the way the leagues operate, both pro and college: their business models, their politics, and everyone’s motivation from the owners on down to the players. In short, you’re a football savant. Bill Belichick does your laundry.

That doesn’t make you the World’s Best Handicapper. All the football knowledge in the world won’t help you make good NFL picks or NCAAF picks if you don’t understand the betting half of sports betting. In this monthly series, we’ll give you some important tips you can use to get ready for the upcoming football season, kicking off with possibly the most important tip of them all.

You Better Shop Around

When you send Bill Belichick to the store to get your groceries, he doesn’t just buy whatever’s on the shelf at Walmart. He does some comparison shopping beforehand, getting the best prices on the stuff you want the most. Why would you treat football betting any differently? There are over two dozen reputable sportsbooks on our NFL odds board, and while their odds look much the same, there’s usually one book that’s offering your game at a bargain price. These bargains add to your profit margin – if you have more than one active account.

You also need more than one account if you want to take advantage of arbitrage situations. That’s when the odds at two books are far enough apart that you can bet both sides of a game and lock in some guaranteed money, no matter who wins. These opportunities don’t come up every week, but they come up often enough to keep an eye out for, and again, you don’t need a Ph.D. in football to take advantage.

Three’s Company

It does take a little bit of time and effort to set up these accounts, but we’ve whittled it down to three sportsbooks in particular that make it the easiest for players to navigate: Intertops, BetOnline, and YouWagerAll three books rate highly here at Sportsbook Review, and each one brings something different to the table that you can use to increase your edge.

Three Accounts We've Found Make a Football Bettor's Life Easier:

Always first with overnight football odds, giving you the chance to grab some early-bird value before the betting public jumps in. BetOnline also has more props and specials than most books.


One of the longest-standing books in the business, with aggressively competitive lines and arguably the best mobile platform in sports betting.


Probably the easiest sportbook for players to do business with. Most sportsbooks make funding your account a convoluted process, but YouWager makes it a breeze! They are also very fast with payouts, and very generous with their bonuses for both new and existing players.

All three of these sportsbooks are must-haves for your football betting portfolio this year, as far as we’re concerned. You should still do your homework to make sure you’re signing up with a sportsbook that fits your specific needs, so click on those links, read the reviews, and see what you think – or you can get Belichick to do it for you.

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