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Definition of Insanity

I am sure most of you have heard the phrase the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

 So how does this relate to sports betting? Well as I have mentioned often it is very important to evaluate as objectively as possible your bets after the fact.

Skills to be a successful sports bettor

There was a recent survey on the above question. Below are the most common responses. I have added my opinion as well. They are in no particular order. If you are unsure about any of these points or have additional ones you would like me to add by all means contact me.

Discipline relating to selection of games, money management, not chasing lines or losses.

Ability to make decisions with incomplete information.

Timing the market knowing when to bet almost as important as which team to bet.

Effectively shopping for the best line possible.

Follow on social media @ricksteel99

In order for you to remain mobile following me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and or the app allows you to be notified of a new pick(s) have been posted rather than you having to constantly check. Following me on social media will ensure you do not miss any plays and help you get the best line possible. If you wait too long after I release a pick(s) to bet the line likely will have moved against you losing potential value.

The essential need for Patience

Regardless if you participate in this business full or part time if you take this endeavor seriously PATIENCE must be incorporated into your personality.

When I got involved in sports betting 25+ years ago I had zero patience in my life period. I was always looking for the big score for instant gratification. This issue was my greatest challenge in order for me to be successful at sports betting. I wanted to do this full time right away but looking back I had no clue.

Avoid these common mistakes

1) Being Under Capitalized. Do not be disillusioned to think you can make a full time living on a minimal bankroll.

 2) Not having enough sports book accounts funded whereby you are not getting the best number available. Betting -1.20 when -1.14 is available is just burning money.

 3) Not following proper money management procedures. There is no such thing as a lock in this business. However risking more than 2% of your bankroll on a game will guarantee you will not be around long term.

MLB Betting Tips 2019

With the MLB season just getting underway now is a good time to mention a few items to look out for.

There is a sweet spot in MLB lines from -1.40-1.80 where the public is hesitant to lay the juice. Making picks in this range where appropriate is a common place to find value. In this area you find undervalued favorites which sometimes should be priced -2.00-2.50.

A pitcher who does not get strikeouts and/or ground balls is subject to big innings.

Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies 03-20-19

Houston Rockets over Memphis Grizzlies: We get a favorable number because Houst will play a 4th game in 6 nights. Prior 2 games were at home last night was in Atl. No one is playing heavy minutes fatigue should not be an issue. Houst is 7-3 ATS on zero days rest. Houst still has a shot catching Den for the 2nd seed. Houst is 13-1 s/u in their last 14. Mem is playing out the string and has been for awhile. They made many changes at the deadline and are still in a rebuild mode. Mem is ranked 30th dead last on offense at home.