Wow. I have to admit it. Coming up with the winners and the preparation for the weekend games leading up to Sunday left me a little short on the end of sleep for Sunday. But I wasn’t worried. I thought that both games would leave me on the edge of my seat in anticipation as the clock wound down on each contest.
Going in I felt that either game, or both, could go down to a game winning field goal and end in dramatic fashion. Either of the four teams winning wouldn’t have surprised me. What did was how dull both games ended up being. With the Santa Anita card being canceled due to inclement weather, and some odd college hoops games being offered, I found myself sound asleep most of the afternoon waking up only to see the scores hadn’t narrowed and a few opened pizza boxes purchased before kickoff.
Glad I didn’t depend on the Laker game to keep me entertained as they suffered the worst loss in franchise history 122-73 to the lowly Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. I had thought earlier in the season that perhaps the Lakers might be ready to turn the corner and with their young players start to show some improvement but boy was I wrong.
Back to the drawing board on Monday for some mid-week play. Good luck with all your plays this weekend folks.
Its kinda impossible to not let emotions and events in our lives effect the way we see games and outcomes. Trying to remain objective when we are having issues and conflicts in our personal lives can be rather tough.
Recently I just went through this. Struggling with an illness in the family, I found myself in this boat … trying to handicap games and win money for my clients. Not easy. I have always preached that distractions should be kept out of a gamblers life, and one should simply focus on the lines and odds of the games scheduled for that day. However try and attempt that in real life when a situation presents itself.
It is always easy for me to put games on shelves and to take a few days off but when paying clients want action … everyday and night it’s not so easy.
New clients will come along and I always find it very interesting when they ask me “how much should I bet?” Do I really know the answer to that question? Hell no. Every gambler has a different situation they are in with cash flow and bankroll size. I always end up telling them the same thing that only they truly know the answer to that question. The best advice I can give is that when wagering on sports, a gambler should wager the same amount on each and every game and never double up or chase by upping wagers. That is the surest way to go through a bankroll. Oh yeah it’s tempting to think that when you are on a hot streak you should double wagers but it’s important to keep in mind that not every wager is hit. This method of bankroll management has kept me going through many years of wagering on both sports and the horses.
Focus, focus, focus! I can’t stress this enough. It’s tough though, it really is. Gambling on any sport is tough enough. Staying positive and upbeat is the key to your success and the important thing is to have goals set and a solid plan on making money and bankroll management.
Another key element to a successful 2017 is surrounding and hanging around positive people this year. Don’t let the negativity of others drag you down. It’s hard to watch and enjoy a game when you have a toxic person sitting next to you telling you why you are going to lose a game you wagered on before it’s even over. The possible outcome or nobody’s opinion should EVER be shared before the conclusion of a game. That is simply bad luck and people that do that should have limited access to a gambler. I hate it when people will call me at half-time and say, “you’re looking good” or “you got this.” To me that is the kiss of death and they will get some quick advice from me on keeping their mouth shut. Or it will be the last time they go to a game or I pick up the phone when they call.
When one places a bet, or is studying the lines keep an open mind and don’t bet from the heart. Don’t bet on the Toronto Raptors when you are in Vegas simply because you were born in Canada. Being able to be objective is a HUGE part of being successful. I have a rule of thumb I go by. No favorite teams in my office. When somebody asks me who my favorite team is I’ll tell them, “whoever I can make money on tonight. Sure it’s not sexy but it has helped me learn you need to be objective.
The last thing is to have fun. Sure you are in this to make money but if it’s causing you to have health issues wagering on and watching the games perhaps it’s time to look for another profession or hobby. There is not a faster way to lose your bankroll … and health than to wake up and stress yourself looking at the lines. Sure it’s natural to be anxious when you are looking at possible wagers but if you find yourself hitting the Tums bottle once to many times during the day maybe you need to cut back on the wagering a bit.