Establish proper money management
First and foremost, before you start shopping for the best handicapper in town, you should check your finances first. Most failed sports bettors have ignored this important aspect before they began their career in sports betting. To ensure that you do not suffer the same fate, you must first allocate a specific amount you can honestly afford to lose. Separate your betting money from the rest of your bank saving and always stick to that budget. Remember, there is no shortcut to success in everything. In gambling you either win or lose. So if you bet your entire bankroll on a single game and unfortunately lose, you will tend to make up for your losses, spending more and more money. If you don’t have a preset budget, you might find yourself sleeping in the streets.
Find an expert sports handicapper
Once you have established your finances you are now ready to seek consultation from a professional handicapper. This can be very tricky though. Of course you want to pay for someone who will give you winning picks so you should be meticulous in your search. To guide you, here are effective tips that you can follow when looking for a reliable expert sports handicapper.
Choose someone who has an established good reputation in the industry. You may know a friend or colleague who is very successful in sports betting, find out who his consultant is and do conduct your own investigation about the service.
Check for the handicapping agency’s winning record and length of experience. A professional handicapper’s track record will give you good idea how much winning picks you can derive from them. Do not settle for someone who only offers less than 55%. In the sports betting world that is unacceptable. A long year of experience – preferably three years or more – is equally important. You can only be confident in a sports handicapping agency/ professional whose service has stood the test of time.
Consider the service fee. This is a significant factor because it goes back to your money management. The amount you need to pay should be justified by superb service and rewarded by winning picks. Avoid a sports handicapping agency who demands upfront payment even before you are presented with the selections. Beware of handicappers who make promises of big wins because for all you know, they may turn out to be frauds and scammers.
Keep a detailed record
Record everything, the money you spend, the winning picks you get, the losing picks you receive, the number of times you win, the number of times you lose. Again, record everything. This might sound tedious and boring but this practice proves to be beneficial in being a successful sports bettor. You will be able to keep track of your finances and determine if you are in fact winning more bets than you are losing. This will also help you in evaluating the services you receive from the sports handicapping professional you are consulting. Moreover by keeping a detailed record you will soon figure out your weaknesses and strong points as a sports bettor. From there you can start enhancing your strengths while eliminating the weaknesses.