Be Careful When Betting Sports You Don't Really Follow In the Summertime

We are in the meat of the summer and while it is most everyone's favorite time of year, it can an antsy time for those betting sports.

Enough bettors are not fascinated with the day-to-day grind of looking at essentially 15 baseball games a day. Plus, there are the nuisances of the game and unpredictability of hot and cold streaks by all sorts of teams.

With this, once the NBA season is over or those that just wager on college basketball, that period before football can cause a little wagering anxiety.

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This year with the World Cup and the WNBA and Canadian football ramping up, bettors will sometimes be willing to take a test drive. One problem with this thinking. A test drive is free before you decide to make a purchase. A wager costs money. Here are some helpful hints before putting your feet in the water and having no idea if the temperature is hot or cold.

Always Set A Budget, To Lose

Most regular sports bettors have an idea what they can afford to lose. But once they start doing something different, their thinking becomes undisciplined. It's like the conservative stockbroker who manages his customer's portfolios by preaching slow growth and discipline and he walks into a casino and drops 10-grand on black playing roulette.

While we would probably recommend passing if you don't have the knowledge of any of these sports, you are an adult and you can make your own decisions. We just want you to make the best ones possible.

Set a reasonable budget that will not cut into your football betting, since that is what you prefer to do anyway.

World Cup Wagering

The cast of soccer favorites does not change much from year to year or in the case of the World Cup, every four years. However, that does not mean these teams are bulletproof in earlier group play. Oft times they can be flat, knowing they have the talent to and are sometimes beaten.​​​​​​​

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Find two to three sources you can read or listen to that make and you can back up their knowledge with profitability and bet wisely. Eventually, the crème rises to the top in this sport.

Canadian Football Betting

This is a nice distraction for football bettors and with so many games now in various ESPN channels and devises you can follow the action and learn something. Again, be smart and tread lightly. It might be football, but it is a different kind.

Like in all football, quality quarterback play is imperative. This sport is about throwing the ball and the QB has to be accurate. One of the big changes in the sport the last few years is the CFL has more pass rushers than ever before and teams that have a good number of guys that pressure the quarterback is going to have success. This information is relatively easy to find on sites like or

Like in the NFL or college football, turnovers are critically important, make sure you know what team force them and who gives them up.

WNBA Betting

Like the NBA, women's professional basketball has a few very good teams and some really awful outfits. This makes handicapping more difficult with just 12 teams and working around so many double-digit spreads.


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If you have the time and are willing to put in the work, focus on WNBA totals. Oddsmakers used to get crushed by wise guys in the area and though they have improved, opportunities to profit still exist.

Final Word

If you cannot put in the effort, find handicappers with a proven track record and talk to them and ask questions. Focusing on one sport could be a wise idea also.

Above all, bet small and don't place yourself in a position to chase bad bets with more bad bets. That almost never works out for positive results. 

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