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NFL Betting Basics

To succeed at Football Betting, you first need to learn the standard types of bets, understand how betting lines work, basic sports handicapping techniques, and common pitfalls the bettor should avoid.

Next, you need to know the Football terms used at Sportsbooks, thus our Football Glossary. Lastly, there is Money Management, the art of balancing the desire to win with the need to budget.

NFL Football Betting Basics

Football Wagering Tips

The most important realization you should have after reading this article is that "getting rich quick" is not possible by betting on sports. Most of the new sports bettors do not understand this. Getting ahead of the game by understanding this will not only save you much headache, but money as well.

Many people find that placing bets on the outcome of a game greatly enhances their enjoyment when watching the game on television or listening to it on the radio. Therefore, most Las Vegas sportsbooks have satellite hook-ups and big-screen TV's broadcasting nearly every college and NFL game across the country every week. Additionally, if a game is not being televised, they post frequent scoring updates on the progress of all games on which they are taking action.

Sportsbooks will only accept bets on those games which have been posted on their board. These games are known as "board games." Generally, all major league baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL games are "on the board," whereas college games are limited to football and basketball match-ups being played by major Division schools. Limited betting is available at some books on golf, tennis, car racing, and other miscellaneous sports.

Pitfalls to Avoid

Faulty money management is arguably the number one reason why new sports bettors fail to win money. A solid money management system is necessary to win money over the long haul. For more help in this area read the money management guide.

Another trap sports bettors fall into are parlays and teasers. The problem with parlays and teasers is that, in most cases, you a paying a higher price for the parlay or teaser than you are over straight wagers. Parlays and teasers can offer some value. Most sports handicappers, however, do not have the patience or time to properly find value with these wagers. It is best to stay away from them unless you are in the minority that can properly use these wagers.

One final pitfall is the use of second half wagers. The biggest problem with these wagers is the use of emotion by the sports bettor. The bettor must understand that second half adjustments are a big part of every game, and that what happens in the first half does not mean the trend will continue in the second half.

Keeping up to Date

To keep up to date, we have a full directory for you to visit, plus resource pages of links and tips on how to find and understand football team standings, matchups, statistical analysis, injury news and learn what the top pro football handicappers think. As additional info resources, you should know how to access the football newsgroups and have a list of sports chatboards. That way, you will be more likely to have inside information on hot topics.

Buying Football Half Points

Online sportsbooks will let you move the point spread! Most sports bettors have heard terms such as Teasers and Pleasers bets. If you are not sure what those are you should reference to their rightful sections.

Some new sports bettors probably have come across the term “Buying Points” and wondered exactly what it referred to. This gives sports bettors the options to Buy Points against spread or change the spread score in your favor. You can also do this for the total score for the over/under bets. More on Buying Half Points Here

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