Many casual sports bettors often dream of winning so consistently they can turn their hobby into profession. Some have taken the steps to achieve this dream. Most will fail. The professional sports bettors who continuously win have success have common practices. These practices are outlined in Bet Sports and Grow Rich. Learn how Sports Betting becomes a profession. Get an understanding of how betting lines are created and how the pros take advantage of variances in the market. Learn how certain behaviors affect betting styles. Get information on bankroll management and how to invest your bets wisely. Brennan Matthews will take you through the basics of betting to the more advanced strategies of professional sports bettors and handicappers. Although this book is fairly well written -a few typos here and there- the book kept pretty much to the basics. Beginners will learn a thing or two but seasoned players are left looking for the promised formula to successful Sports Betting. Sports Betting will show you the systems and methods that sharp sports bettors use everyday in determining which games offer the highest value and the most chance to profit. Inside you will learn how to create your own set of accurate power rankings, how to analyze betting patterns and trends, and how to evaluate early and late line movements on games among many other professional techniques. If you are serious about improving your betting IQ and gaining the necessary edge over the sportsbook this book will be an indispensable guide in showing you how to achieve that. Whether you are new to the world or handicapping or you would consider yourself a seasoned veteran in the field, this book is a must read. For those new to handicapping, this book will lay out everything you need to know and consider in layman's terms. If you consider yourself a sharp, this book will add a new dimension to your repertoire of strategies.
This book has benefited me greatly and I have seen my overall success in handicapping and sports betting improve greatly after reading the book. Guaranteed that this book will help in adding to your bottom line. If it doesn't, perhaps handicapping is just not for you.
I learned a lot from this book. I learned how not to bet stupidly. I also learned that sports betting takes work and time and effort, and you have to bet a lot... not a lot of money on each game, but on a lot of games, and so you have to identify a positive expected value on lots of games, so it’s not easy. The takeaways did make me a better sports better though, and I steadily make money over time. Knowing I will lose nearly half the games I bet on and betting the correct amount on each game has made the process easier. Very good read if you are serious about betting and not looking to get rich quick. As the title suggests, the focus of this book is betting. While many books focus on handicapping (using statistics and information to assign probabilities of different outcomes), a majority of this book is about trading. A lot of new information is covered here that I have never seen in other published books. When is a line movement sharp? When can you jump in front of a line movement and expect it to be +EV? There is a lot of analysis on types of movement, what it means, and how to exploit it. There is also good discussion on fundamentals -- push rates for events, EV, why winning percentage in a vacuum is meaningless.
One other interesting bit near the end is making objective adjustments based on injuries.This is a core skill that can offer value even if you did not handicap the game. The examples he used started with Madden Football player ratings as a baseline, and is a very reasonable approach.
My only criticism is that the book is disorganized. While the book is divided into roughly 30 chapters, many parts of it read like a stream of consciousness.
I gave the book 5 stars because no other book I have read addresses the nuts and bolts of trading, this book did a thorough job on this topic, and this was a 0.99 title. With more editing and organization, this could be a 5-star full priced title. This the single best volume for the beginner to intermediate sports bettor (with an emphasis on football). The book teaches the basics of sportsbetting, terminology, understanding odds, and methods to make bets that should win in the long-term. This is an excellent primer on someone who is serious about making money from sports.
The material is slightly dated - internet betting has made the sports markets more efficient. Notwithstanding this, most of the material is still useful (notable exceptions are trends of super bowl teams, and some underdog analysis).
There is a recurring emphasis on mathematics, which any solid gambling book should have. Additionally, the book has several charts that are invaluable to sports bettors. It has frequences of pushes for NFL against different spreads, as well as different totals (these have not changed significantly since the book was published). Additionally, it has odds charts for Poisson distributions for 1 and 2 variables. While an advanced gambler could generate all these charts themselves, this book still saves the newer gamblers many hours - and the book is worth it for these alone.