Betting Football | Back to the Basics


Back in August we said, “it’s that time of year again”, and here we are in December, and it’s that time of year again! What a season 2018-19 has been in both the NCAA and the NFL. If you played your hand right this year, then you have probably made some serious cash.

The NCAA has yet again, been predictable. For the most part, the big favorites have been winners and if you had the stomach to lay those big numbers, then you are ahead of the game.

The NFL is another story altogether, this season has been fun to this point and there are many twists and turns still ahead as we look to the playoff season, however, it would be a lie to say, “the NFL is predictable”. Some games seem easy and others, ha, well, they can be a crapshoot. That doesn’t change the fact that this sport is fun to bet on, it’s a challenge, it’s football and all gamblers have one collective goal in mind; winning money.

How to approach the bowl and NFL playoff season…

Have a money plan: Just as back in August, you came in excited and wanting to have fun and hopefully make some money. There is nothing that will kill your plans faster than not setting a football budget. If you are like most sports gamblers, football is not the only sport you bet on. Set a budget that’s exclusive to football, and that’s within your overall sports gambling budget.

You and only you, are the one that knows how much you can afford to lose. Remember, if you can’t afford to lose it, you can’t afford to play it. Stick by this rule and never stray. If you can afford $110 per game, perfect, if you can afford $550 per game, then great. The amounts are not what’s important in this conversation, what’s important is that you set a budget that is affordable, reasonable and one that you will always stick to.

Have a betting plan: Know how you want to bet. If you are a seasoned football better, then you probably have a routine, and all likeliness says that you are going to stick to that plan. That’s great, if this plan has been working for you. If you are not beating the bookies by at least 52-55%, then the plan has not worked and you might want to consider something different. You must beat the bookies by an average of 52% just to break even. Remember, there is “juice” involved and that juice costs you money. At the end of the day, you want to see some sort of positive ROI.

A betting plan does not mean that you spend your money on the moneyline, spread and totals only, no, a betting plan means that you look for other ways to win. There are a plethora of ways to bet on football and your online sportsbook most likely offers them. Find bets such as reverse action, “if win”, teasers, super teasers and moneyline parlays. Look for a bookmaker that offers great prop lines and odds on those prop lines. There is a small fortune to be made playing props. Find them, play them and win! Props, such as “team to score first”, “longest play from scrimmage” or “team totals” (not a prop, but a great play).

There are literally dozens of props, and exotic bets that are well worth you time and money if you are willing to do a little research and just a bit of handicapping. It’s up to you to find the games that appeal to you, then handicap it. If you find yourself short on handicapping time, by all means feel no shame in finding some great game adviser websites, find the ones that offer a free trial and ones that offer many of the nations best handicappers under one roof. This is usually free and without obligation, and a great alternative if you are simply lacking in time.

It’s playoff season in both the NFL and the NCAA. Now is the time to have fun and make a whole lot of money. If you are unsure of how to bet prop lines, teasers, super teasers, reverse action, or any other form of football betting, then be sure to check out the “how to bet” section of your favorite online bookmaker. Give them a call, find out what they offer and get it on! It’s time to make a fortune betting the “real” football season.