No matter what sport you are betting on, you want to have the best chance possible at winning your bet. As we have said in other articles, part of successful sports betting (in fact, a BIG part of it) is math. The sports books use statistical information on different matches in order to come up with the spreads and lines you make a wager on. These statistics are based on everything from which side is receiving the most bets to which side has the best chance of winning based on points per possession, and so on.
There are two big problems for the average sports bettor when it comes to the mathematics side of sports betting. The first is that, honestly, most of us lack either the patience or the brains to really come up with those calculations on our own. A quick search around the ‘net will result in lots of sites that make it sound as if these calculations are easy but trust us, they are NOT. If they were, the books wouldn’t be making all that money every year!
The second problem with mathematics in sports betting is that it really strips a lot of fun out of the action. Most of us like to wager on sporting events for the fun of it. We enjoy the sport in question, we have some knowledge of the game, and we like the chance to win a little money on the side. Concentrating on who is offering what odds and pure numbers can turn a fun pastime into something resembling a bad high school course.
Enter the sports information line
Fortunately for those of us who like to keep sports wagering fun, there are services set up which can take the math out of the equation for us. They are called sports information lines.
Actually, the term sports information line is a bit of a leftover from a past age. It’s hard to believe now, but a decade ago it wasn’t as easy as going to Google to get the latest information about sports events for those who wanted to wager. You had to find a number of a service which offered sports information and then go through a tedious selection process, often paying money per minute to obtain the information you needed.
Today, though, the business of sports information has come online. There are literally hundreds of sites, from those operated by major sports broadcasters to sites set up by minor bookmakers, which offer sports tips to help the bettor wager wisely.
As you might expect, not all sports information services are created equally. They all rely on information provided by “tipsters”. These are the guys and girls who crunch the numbers and find out the odds of a certain side winning a sports match. They base the predictions on a whole range of different statistics as well as information on who is injured, feeling depressed, or sitting out. Some tipsters, of course, are able to offer much more reliable information than others.
What can you expect to find?
Different sports information lines offer different services. The ones dedicated purely to sports generally offer personnel changes to line-ups, statistical records, and so on. If you want to place a wager on a team but do the handicapping yourself, this is the kind of service you are looking for.
On the other hand, there are sports information lines set up for those looking for good value bets. These services analyze the different lines and spreads being offered by bookmakers, and compare the numbers to their on hand, in depth statistics. They then advise customers on which bets have the best value, according to their numbers.
No matter which type of service you choose, sports information lines can take a lot of work off your hands. They do the math, which means you can concentrate on the sport.
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