Sports Betting Bankroll/Money Management

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Money Management is by far and away the most important part of being a successful gambler of any kind. In sports betting, it is even more important. If you are a good handicapper and you manage your bankroll correctly, you will never go bust or broke.

First, you must determine what you are going to use for your bankroll. Your sports betting bankroll should be whatever you are willing to invest. If you make a first deposit at ________ sportsbook to get a ________ bonus, this you might consider your bankroll. Or perhaps you have X amount of money set aside for other sportsbook bonuses or in case you bust out of that initial deposit. The total amount you are willing to invest/risk is your bankroll. Determine that number before you do anything else.

Poor money management has busted many people I know. You have to have some patience, some self-discipline and self-control. If you cannot, that is OK. I would consider your bankroll as spending money and treat your handicapping as more of an entertainment cost versus an investment. There is nothing wrong with that. Sports gambling is fun as hell. You will be entertained. It is just like going to the casino with $200 and playing $25 hands of Blackjack. Your odds of making money without using any money management are very slim to none.

If you are reading this, then you have some interest in how to make money in sports gambling, and to learn how to treat is less like gambling and more like an investment. Here are some things to watch out for:

Taking money out of the bankroll

Yes, the goal in all of this is to make money. And at some point you would hope to spend/see some of your winnings. But you cannot depend on money in your bankroll to pay bills or to buy cool things. If you do, you have to adjust your bet size. Once you remove money from the bankroll, it is no longer part of the bankroll. That means you should also change your bet sizes accordingly.

Not moving the bet size down

Most people like moving their bet sizes up when winning, but have a hard time moving back down when losing. When you should move your bet size down (because you are no longer in that 1-2% range), it is usually after a bad run. You also probably had a decent amount more then you do now. Some people have pride issues with moving down. A lot of people will start chasing their losses when it gets to this point.

Here is an example of what I am talking about. If I use the previous example of starting with $1000, lets say you run it to 1500, and are making $30 normal and $75 big bets. After a rough day/week/whatever you find yourself back at the $1000. It is time to move the bet back to the initial bet.

“This is too easy”/ Taking a shot

When everything is going good, it is easy to fall into a nice little trap where you give it all back, and more. I have seen it in poker many times, where someone placed in 10 $5 sit and go tournaments in a row and now think it is time to try a $100 tournament. Well I see it happen in sports gambling even more. Don’t fall for it. If you want to be successful long term with this, treat it like a marathon and not a sprint. Even if you win that big one, you will be even more brain washed that this is like printing money, which usually leads to taking more shots, chasing losses, and going busto.

Betting big on big events

The Superbowl is the biggest culprit here, but this can include other big events as well. I have seen way to many times where someone has close to their entire roll on the Super Bowl because they get caught up in all the hype. Don’t get sucked in.

Chasing /"I’m due"

Chasing is a term I use to describe what happens to most gamblers during a bad spell. Let’s say you are a $50 per unit gambler. On Sunday, you play 7 football games for $50 each, and they all lose. On Monday, you decide you want to make a $400 bet on the Monday Night Football game to make it all back. You think to yourself, “I just lost 7 in a row, no way I can lose this one.”

This is commonly referred to as “Gamblers Fallacy”, where in our minds we think that previous results can dictate future results. People sometimes confuse the probability of things happening with what has already happened. Meaning if you start on game 1, your odds of losing 10 in a row are very low, but if you already lost 9 in a row and are betting on a 50/50 outcome, your odds are still 50/50 regardless of the previous results. This sounds so simple, but casinos and bookmakers have made a lot of money because people confuse these ideas.

This is very bad on multiple levels. If you lose, you will probably tilt yourself into chasing until you bust. If you win, this scenario will happen again, and you will remember the time you bailed yourself out by chasing. It is a vicious cycle.

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