Insanity may be defined doing the same thing again and again and yet expecting a different result the next time. In sports betting, you can fit that definition of insanity if you keep on betting and having a so-so record of betting success because you used your own information and resources. You may need expert advice. It is called professional sports handicapping.
Getting help from a professional sports handicapper is simply just that – getting help from a pro. You too are a handicapper. But you are doing your research only part-time because you have a day job. At best, you can spare one hour a day to checking on the latest team line-ups, trades, new talent acquisitions, injuries and comebacks after injuries or serving a suspension. Professional handicappers do their research as a living.
So you’re now interested to try the services of a professional handicapper. The next step is to surf the Net to see who among the handicappers you can use. If the number of choices in the Internet seem daunting, no problem. With a few steps, you can easily cut down your list to a manageable few. Try the following steps:
- Look at the winning or success claims of the handicappers. If the handicapper claims a better than 70% success rate in calling games, strike him off your list. Legitimate handicappers have a success ratio of around 57 to 60%. In fact, claims of 65% are on the high side, though still believable.
- See if their site is being monitored or reviewed. If it is, then you are looking at a legit handicapper. You can also visit review or monitoring sites. These sites track the success performance of handicappers.
- Check to see if the handicapper is approachable and has good customer relations. You might wonder why this is important. Well, it’s only because “handicappers” who are hard to talk to or who try to use pressure tactics to sell you their subscription probably aren’t legitimate handicappers. If you can’t talk to the “handicapper” at all and are passed on to a sales person or an account executive, you must avoid that site. It is most likely a scam.
When you do the three steps above you would have pared your list to a number probably less than the fingers in your hand. You can probably take the time to read his articles, blogs and record of predicting winners. Finally, get a chance to chat with your handicapper candidates. When I say “chat,” I mean telephone call or webcam call – not an email or text conversation. Get to find out his techniques in coming out with his list of winners. See for yourself the science behind his seemingly irrational picks. Try to gauge if he enjoys his work as a handicapper. You will soon find out that the best way to see if the handicapper is good is to actually engage him in a conversation.
Only after you’ve surfed through the Internet and talked to your prospective handicapper can you arrive at selecting The One. When you’ve found the person, you are now ready to use his services. In the internet Age, that us as easy as clicking your mouse.
To be able to tap the services of your chosen handicapper, you first have to sign up as a member in his website. Then, you study the packages he or the site offers to you, Basically, these fall into daily, weekly monthly and seasonal packages. Each package has its own special advantage. If you get the daily or weekly package, you have the flexibility to jump or skip time periods. You may even jump to another handicapper on the same site if you see that he is currently hot with his forecasts. The monthly and the seasonal packages give you the most value for your money. It’s the whole idea of buying something wholesale. Daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal? The choice is really all up to you.
After buying your package, you then place your bets. Yes, you still have to place your bets. Subscribing to a handicapper’s package is not the same as placing your bets. It only means that you subscribed to the handicapper’s forecast or that time period. As far as you are concerned you can say “good-bye” to burning the midnight oil in gathering information about your favorite NBA or NFL teams. For the service fee you paid, you abide by what your handicapper forecasted.
You then look for a sportsbook or betting site where you place your bets. Then, just monitor the results. As mentioned earlier in this article, no handicapper has a 100% winning average. No one can even claim to 80 or 90%. If you have a 55% or higher winning clip, then you got a good deal from your handicapper.
Remember though that handicappers just like individual athlete ad teams also have their ups and downs. Some may even have a terribly bad season with a winning percentage in the 40s. Now, just like an astute coach or manager, you may have to use your intuition. Now that you are more familiar with the use of handicappers’ websites, you may want to change sites or handicapper. Remember: insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. With your new knowledge on handicapping you now have more tools to try to improve your betting success.