The 2016/2017 football season is approaching fast and for thousands of fans of clubs up and down the country, this means spicing things up with a flutter.
Gambling is risky, of course it is, and it’s easy to lose control of your spending if you don’t have your wits about you. Here are a few golden rules that will allow you to enjoy having a bet on the football and even pick up some winnings along the way.
Only bet what you can afford to lose.
Treat gambling as an entertainment and budget part of your disposable income to having a bet. Don’t be drawn into chasing your losses and never be tempted into having another bet because someone you know has hit a winning streak and makes it seem easy.
Stick to what you know.
As a football fan you are likely to know as much as anyone else about your team’s strengths and weaknesses. You’ll have a better chance of picking a winner after the team selections have been announced and when you know what the playing conditions are like.
Don’t pay for betting tips.
Ask yourself why someone would try to sell tips if they can make a profit from bookmakers and other punters on betting exchanges? It is true there are professional gamblers making a decent living betting on football. However, the last thing they want is for others to know what they are backing and risk losing their edge when the odds shorten.
Manage your expectations.
It’s a lot easier to find the winner of a match which has only three possible outcomes than a scorecast which requires you name the first player to score and the correct result. You’ll get much higher odds for a scorecast because there are hundreds of possibilities. Either lower your stakes when betting on long shots or be prepared for long losing streaks between picking a winner.
Look for a guaranteed profit.
There is a way to bet on football that removes any risk of losing money. It is known as matched betting and people are earning between £500 and £2000 per month spending as little as 20 to 30 minutes per day using this method. Matched betting has been around since the early days of online betting and involves the legal exploitation of bookmaker free bet offers.
Simply put, you sign up and place your first bet with an online bookmaker and back the same selection to lose on the exchange. This qualifies you for a free bet at a nominal cost, typically about 2.5% of your stake or 50p for a £20 bet.
You do the same again with the free bet and because you don’t pay for the stake you can typically keep 80% of its value, or £16 from a £20 free bet. You can try it out at matchedbets.com which provides all the guides, tutorials and calculators you need to make money from sign up offers and money back offers on football.