With the season already started there are certain to be plenty of novice punters exploring MLB betting for the first time. Here’s a quick introduction to the basics of baseball betting.
It’s probably safe to say that anyone reading this won’t take much convincing that baseball is the greatest spectator sport but for those of us who are partial to the odd wager it must also rank as one of the most engaging sports to bet on.
Today’s baseball games are not as wildly unpredictable as they used to be, which means betting on MLB is far safer. If you do your research properly and study the stats, serious and recreational punters alike can really turn a profit.
Always do your research
If you are new to the game there are sites out there offering tips, some you’ll have to pay for others give tips away for free. If you do go for a free service it’s a good idea to follow their picks for a while and get a feel for how accurate they are before you put any money down. If you want to go for a paid service you should look for reviews of the service on different sites.
While doing your research you can check out odds for all the MLB teams at Betfair.com and place a bet when you’re ready.
How to bet
One of the most popular ways to bet on MLB is handicapping or spread betting. This is where the favorite team (the team the bookmakers think is going to win) will be assigned a number of points they have to win by for you to win the bet.
However, in baseball handicapping is a little more involved than with other sports. The stats on offer from the official MLB site can seem daunting at first but if you want to succeed you need to get used to checking and most importantly understanding these.
For a beginner it can be hard to know which stats are worth looking at and which stats can be ignored. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands it’s a good idea to limit yourself to one team, although you should always be checking the opposition.
Stats to consider
Check out what type of pitchers are throwing and how your team does against each type, this can really affect the score.
When is the game being played, does your team typically play better at night or during the day, again, you’d be surprised how often teams favor one over the other.
The final thing to watch out for is your attachment to the team. Are they going to win or is that just wishful thinking on your part. Keep emotions out of your betting decision and you’ll be one step ahead