Many people literally bust their asses looking for angles on sports picks. They waste time looking at tons of meaningless stats (shots on goal for, shots on goal against). They crawl through useless trends (the Miami Heat are 6-0 on Sunday afternoons). They invent weird systems (fade any team coming off a loss if their opponent is coming off a win in which they had 4 or less hits or in which their opponent’s opponent hit 3 or less home runs sometime last week).
But few if any ever focus their attention on the actual sportsbooks at which they wager. Some betting angles can be picked up simply by browsing your sportsbook’s website with a sharp eye and a clear head. For example, we found an article on the website of one of the most prominent online books in the world that gave a kind of overview of soccer betting. It was a simple enough article, a sort of “Soccer Betting For Dummies” kind of thing. Harmless.
But one sentence did catch our eye: “Generally it is wiser to pass on the draw bet in soccer unless you have a very strong angle.” At first glance it seems like an innocuous enough statement. After all, Precision Plays believes it is generally wiser to pass ANY bet unless you have a very strong angle (and that angle is always and only value).
What stood out about this sentence was that it was advice. All the other sentences in the article were devoted to simply explaining the many different ways one could bet a soccer game. But with this sentence, the book was actually giving advice on betting. sureman01.com
As true gambler advocates, we can only pray that no poor sap actually takes betting advice from the guy who stands to make money if he loses. Translating this sentence from Crap-ese, it reads in English: “We don’t really want you to bet the draw in soccer.”
Of course, Precision Plays doesn’t recommend you go nuts tomorrow and bet all the draws in soccer, but the simple fact that a sportsbook took enough time in a soccer betting how-to article to discourage a certain kind of bet should give one food for thought.
Another clue to explore is a sportsbook’s wager limits. Few ever think about the reasoning behind them. For example, at a book we love and use daily, the limit on an NBA spread bet is $10,000, but on a college basketball spread it’s $25,000. Why do you suppose that is? At the same book, the limit on an NFL spread is just $5,000. Perhaps these differences can be explained by the owners of the book being huge college basketball fans, but we doubt it.
If you look around at a lot of different sportsbooks, you’ll find that wager limits vary. In the above example, we used the wager limits of a sportsbook we use personally. This book can be considered a “sharp” book, one that caters to more sophisticated players with larger bankrolls. A “square” book is one geared more toward the recreational bettor. You can spot a square book easily enough by the large sign-up bonuses and numerous ads with skimpily dressed women in them.