This time of year Las Vegas casinos are going to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars off people betting on college football games who do not have skills to beat the odds makers.
People often go to casinos to place bets on games just for the rush and are not taking the necessary steps to win money. Casinos are banking that you are one of those people who place bets aimlessly so they can take your money.
There are simple things that one can do to ensure that the casinos don’t get the best of you this college football season. Here are five easy steps to follow so that you earn a profit on the bets you place.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
You would think that this would be the first thing that people would do before placing a bet, but oftentimes people just bet off the top of their head. Before placing a bet you should know everything about the teams that you are going to bet on or against. Knowing simple things like injury reports is something that every gambler needs to know before placing a bet.
IGNORE PAST SEASON TRENDS
One thing that is common is to see how teams have done over the last ten seasons in almost every type of situation. These are so pointless, not just in college football but in all sports you are trying to bet on. Rosters are constantly turning over in college football and the only thing that you should look at is how many returning impact starters there are from the last season.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE THE SAFE MONEY LINE BET
Early in the college football season there will be a lot of opening lines that are very large and oftentimes teams call off the dogs to not run up the score. Instead of taking a team who is plus 40, just take the money line bet to ensure that you make some money. You are trying to make money over the long haul and sometimes a sure bet is better than risky bet.
JUMP ON SPREADS EARLY
If you have done your research and you see a spread early in the week that you really like, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger and place your bet early. If you think it is a sure bet than probably other people do as well. If enough people start betting a certain way than the casinos will change the betting lines.
WATCH THE PREGAME SHOWS
If there are games that you are uncertain about, don’t be afraid to watch the pregame show for additional insight into a particular game. Some of these people do know what they are talking about and can put out information that changes the way you bet on a game. Also if they predict a certain team will win, listen to the reason why and if you like what they say go ahead and bet on their picks.
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