People do not understand the fact that there are many differences between sports and that one betting scheme that works in one might not be effective when betting on something else. Sometimes the best possible bet is on a spread while in other cases you should simply bet on the winning side. The key is learning as much as possible about the game that you are betting on. This is the difference between an amateur and a professional gambler. When you ask the pro why he made a certain bet, he will tell you a lot of things and will bring in numerous arguments. The amateur will simply tell you that this is what he thought would be a good bet.
Team sports are going to be extremely difficult when you place bets because the outcome of a game is going to be impacted by the form of all the players involved. There are some key players that will have a major impact but this does not mean that team stats should not be taken into account. You cannot bet on the team of Kobe Bryant just because he is going to play. Even star players have bad days.
There are many different sports and the outcome can be based on numerous factors. For instance, in boxing there are not many possible bets and everything is based on a fight. When we compare this with American Football, the number of bets that are possible when betting on an NFL game is a lot higher.
It is highly important that you first start with one sport as a novice bettor and that you learn as much as possible about how to properly place a bet. Learn different strategies that are successful and only move to another sport when you are going to bring in a successful betting season. This is highly important because of two reasons. It will offer you a higher chance of winning money and it will offer control of various temptations that can appear. It is hard to analyze all the stats that you have to take into account with numerous sports. The second reason is that you will be able to control your emotions better and not be tempted by “sure” bets that appear from time to time in other sports. As soon as you properly control betting on the sport that you enjoy, you can move towards others and learn the strategies that are required there.