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Plenty of our readers enjoy the odd bet on an Arsenal game every now and again. Sports gambling is a noble tradition, and while it is sometimes labeled as a vice, it certainly doesn’t have to be vicious.

Unless you are a professional sports bettor, you likely place your bets among friends, and possibly take part in online betting as well. If you have bet too much on football games in the past, or if you want to start enjoying the game this way but don’t want to get in over your head, here are some tips about betting like a responsible adult.

  1. Know When to Take Your Profits. It almost doesn’t matter how much or little you bet if you are clear on how to manage your winnings. It’s easy to make a hundred only to bet the whole sum to try to make even more. This might work once or twice, but you’re much more likely to lose everything you have. You will have had the thrill of sports betting, but you’ll be the poorer for it financially speaking. In general, a good rule of thumb is to pay yourself back before gambling again. If you bet ten, give yourself ten back, then think about whether or not you should bet what’s left over. This way, you won’t go broke.

  2. Understand the Bet You’re Making. Everybody likes betting. It’s a thrilling experience that makes us even more invested in the action on the screen or field we happen to be looking at. Because people enjoy it so much, and because some fear missing out on big returns (FOMO), lots of people make bets based on factors they don’t fully understand. If you can’t articulate why one team is more likely to beat the other, based on tangible data and other facts, you probably shouldn’t risk your money. You’re basically flipping a coin. Give yourself better odds than that. Learn more about odds with this English football betting guide.

  3. Don’t Bet What You Couldn’t Afford to Lose. Many people make a big bet with the hopes of changing their already dire financial situation. The problem is, when the bet loses they’ve only managed to take things from bad to worse. If you don’t have enough money to make your life work as it should, you probably shouldn’t be betting your income or savings. If you’ve got some extra cash, however, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little betting on the games you enjoy most.

There’s nothing wrong with sports gambling. People have done it for as long as there have been sports. However, we all know that betting can get out of hand, so it’s a good idea to have a financial plan going into a situation where there will be betting. This way you can have your fun (and potentially win some money) without getting yourself into a sticky situation. Enjoy the games, enjoy the bets, may you always be able to ascertain the right outcomes before they actually occur.


  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more