Sports gambling is a worldwide phenomenon that has sunk its teeth into wealth seekers, handicappers and just plain old sports junkies. Not only is gambling fun, it is financially lucrative and has made a few sharp players very wealthy.
What is a sharp player?
A sharp player in Vegas is known as a “wise guy” these are the players that dedicate every waking hour to the sport or variety of sports, in which they prefer to gamble. They are known as handicappers and it used to be that this type of player was mainly prevalent in horse racing. This is no longer true and now that gamblers have a wealth of scores, stats and odds just a mouse click away; it’s game on.
What is a square?
A square is the type of player that gambles occasionally, possibly on big events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA College Football and Basketball Championships, maybe a big tennis tournament or golf championship, maybe some baseball here and there. A square possibly travels to Vegas once or twice a year with friends or family and while there, decided to bet on the in-season sport. Squares usually show up in Vegas for the college football season and 9 out of 10 times they lose their shirt!
Squares are the bettors that think the Alabama Crimson Tide couldn’t possibly beat Delaware by 41 points and sure enough the score at halftime is 55-3 and the final score is 69-10 because the 3 rd stringers were on the field and they gave one up with seconds to go. The Square occasionally wins one here and there and likes to play a lot of parlays. Squares look at what could be, not reality.
It’s ok to be a square, they are good people, salt of the earth people that work hard for a living and have fun betting on their favorite teams, however, this is no way to live. Money comes too hard, work is something that most do out of necessity not pleasure. Don’t be a square, learn how to beat the odds makers, learn how to beat the offshore betting parlors. There are tricks of the trade and knowing them will do wonders for the pocket book.
Underdogs can be winners and this is especially true in baseball. It’s true in every sport to an extent but definitely more so in baseball. The season is long and the best teams take a lot of loses on the season. The trick is to know pitchers and bet them. Bet them consistently and bet baseball “first five innings”.
Betting first fives can be the real moneymaker in baseball.
Underdog Winners by the Percentage:
NFL- 32.6 %
All of these numbers are surprising, as good as we think Las Vegas really is, they may not be what we have always thought. These kinds of numbers are very telling and they say one thing; know your sport, do your share of research and do your homework. Sharp players have become sharp through endless hours of handicapping. It’s up to you whether or not you become a sharp player or remain a square.