Do you have a strategy when you make your bets? Do you just glance over the daily betting line without doing your homework and just go on a gut feeling or do you research your picks? How do you follow up a winning day? Do you double up and just give the Sportsbooks back their money? In fact, your betting style will determine what kind of sports bettor you are, either you’re a weekend warrior, a novice bettor looking to improve, or you’re a season vet who gambles for a living.
There’s many ways to lay a bet, you can bet on 2,3,4 or 10 games a day, you can parlay bet, bet teasers etc…However, one of the best types of betting is what I like to call “streak betting”. In fact, this is where you find streaking teams who’ve been hot on the side or a total and you ride them until one of the wheels falls off! The reason this is one of the best forms of wagering is because half of the work is done for you, as you are basically riding out a team’s sides or totals success. However, the only downfall about hot teams, you’re not the only one who knows about it, as the bookmakers are hot on their trail as well and will adjust the betting line accordingly. Therefore, what I normally like to do, wait until the line comes out and if the line is over -150 or so, I will normally lay -1.5, as you might get some dog money or lower spread money line. However, the best form of “streak betting” is wagering on the totals, as it seems teams can have more success in the totals than the sides, as it’s not unusual to see a team ride out 9 overs or 8 unders on one streak. In fact, at the time of this write up on August 21st 2007, the Texas Rangers are on a 10 game “under streak” and the Cleveland Indians just rang up number 7 vs. Jim Leyland’s Tigers!
But, when do you jump on the streak? Normally, I like to jump on a team after their third win, but I recommend you examine the situation when teams face their 4th games, as they could be a coming off a 3 game home stretch and then they are on the road, which is a tough situation for any team. Ideally, if you can get a baseball team between series in a home and home series vs. other teams, than that’s a nice situation to be streak betting.
Another thing you should be doing when streak betting, follow the betting line. I recommend you go to ATSDatabase.com and go to the “Line Moves” section and monitor the line movements, this is just another tool to help ease your mind when streak betting, knowing the money is on the same side as your bet. Let’s say for example, the line opens Tigers vs. Indians and the total is 9.0 and it’s -120 for the OVER and +100 for the UNDER and all of a sudden you see the line moving to -110 for the O/U, then -120 to the UNDER, there’s a good indication the money is starting to pour in on the UNDER.
Now, the most important thing to know about “streak betting” is money management. What I normally do when streak betting is lay 1 unit on the 4th game, and then double up until I hit the 3 game cycle. For example; I will lay 1 unit on game number 4, if the play wins, I will then lay 2 units on game number 5, and 4 units on game number 6 and then if you keep winning, go back to one unit and start the cycle over again. This way, you are up 7 units before you go back to 1 unit and if that unit should lose, you only lose 1 unit instead of starting back to zero.
Another way of finding a hot streaking system, follow the “Streakcatcher” leader at Phoenixsports.com. We have a nice little feature where people make 1 pick a day, if they win their pick, they receive credit for 1 win and so on and so forth, once they hit 17 wins in a row, they will win $10,000. Plus, if a streakcatcher player wins 3 games in a row, Belmont Sportsbook will give them a $100 betting account and 7 wins in a row, Bookmaker.com will give them a $250 free play. Plus, it’s 100% free to play streakcatcher. But if you’re looking for winning picks, the Streakcatcher is just another way of finding a hot hand!
Hope this was helpful and that it brings you a small fortune.
Being informed is being sharp!