Thursday, December 9, 2010
How to Choose Sports Betting Websites: An Aficionado's Personal Recommendation
There are millions of people all hooked in sports betting so it is no wonder that there are thousands of betting websites offering their services to sports fans. The question is, how do you choose good betting websites from among all of the thousands offering the same kind of services?
Here are my criteria for choosing betting websites that are affordable to most bettors and have the ability to entice players to immerse themselves in betting.
The first thing you should do is to veer away from betting websites who are like touts, offering their services everywhere, including sleazy websites and annoying evasive advertisements. Real, big time sports betting websites will have professional marketing outfits to spread their services. Authentic and good betting websites will concentrate on their handicapping rather than marketing.
The only problem is sometimes, when betting websites become huge, the value deteriorates because of marketing ineffectiveness. However, it should not make you jaded. There are still betting websites that can give you great services.
A great betting website will have a nice network of sports contacts. Ideal betting websites also devote 90 percent of their time handicapping games and the rest on marketing their services. This is the ideal ratio for betting websites.
Another suggestion to follow is to pick only one betting website per sports or handicap per season. Sports betting or betting in general is the same as the stock market in the sense that you never time the whole thing perfectly. You might as well use a buy and hold strategy so that you protect your loses.
What are the things NOT to look for in betting websites?
I stay away from betting websites that cater to various levels of picks. An example is a site that offers premium picks, regular picks, the list goes on. Good, reputable sports betting websites will give the same pick to all clients.
Another thing to watch out for and avoid are websites claiming that you can get rich when you play in their site. There is no such thing as a guaranteed get rich scheme. You are gambling after all, so your chances of winning is somehow offset with your chances of losing.
I also avoid sports betting sites with corny Internet graphics because that just means they did not put enough money to hire a good website designer. Hype means less quality so stick to websites that use great software instead of flashy net graphics.
It is important to remember that sports betting is a long-term process which is against the idea of getting rich quickly.
So, how do I choose? Here are the things that I essentially consider in my selection process:
Well, first, I have to be sure that those betting websites are honest and reputable. Second, I check their track record. Do they have good customer service? How long has the website been in business? If the site has been doing business for a long time, then it is probably a good site. What is their sports philosophy? A good website will have a sports philosophy they believe in. Gambling may mean business, but it is still nice to know that the company has a certain philosophy they follow.