If you’re a sports fan, the only thing better than kicking back, grabbing a beer, putting your feet up, and enjoying a weekend of sporting action on the TV, is enjoying sports whilst having a few cheeky bets put on. If you’re a sports betting veteran, you will no doubt know your way around the odd accumulator or two.

A lot of experience, however, will not guarantee you success when placing your sports bets in 2020. There are a lot of things to know when it comes to betting, which is why we’ve compiled this list for you today. Below you’ll find a series of important things to know when it comes to sports betting as a veteran in 2020.

Different rules apply in the states

In the USA, one of the most important things to remember is that because of US legislation, different gambling laws and rules apply from state to state. Sports betting in the States was illegal until not too long ago, but now, thanks to new rules and laws set out by the Supreme Court, states can, and have, legalise sports betting if they wish to.

Based on the success of similar companies like the UK betting sites at Findbettingsites.co.uk, 2019 saw six new States legalise gambling, and that trend looks set to continue into 2020.

Travel is a factor

When it comes to sports betting, more often than not, if you’re betting on a team sport, you’ll find that the home team usually has the advantage. Many people think that this is because of the home fans and familiar surroundings. This is true to a certain extent, but the biggest factor to consider is travel time.

If a team is travelling a long distance, this can potentially impact their performance. This is where tactical betting can come in very handy. Just remember that bookmakers will also factor this into the equation when setting the odds. If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the underdogs, who also happen to be travelling a long way, will pull off an upset, you’ll get very good odds on them.

Weather is also a factor

As well as travel times, weather and climates can also be huge factors. If for example, a team like Brazil, happened to be playing the ROI away at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, in the middle of winter, the Brazilians would not be used to such harsh conditions.

Obviously, the ROI would be the outsiders, but the weather could be a factor and would help tip the odds in the ROI’s favour. Again, this could help you to earn a nice little profit if the underdogs pulled off an upset.

Always start small

Whether you consider yourself a sports betting veteran or not, one of the most important things to remember is that you must always start small. Start with small, relatively safe bets, build up your bankroll, and then consider going with an accumulator or an even more complex bet such as a goliath bet perhaps? Start small, build a bankroll, and work your way up.


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  1. In horse racing; bet to win, learn a few angles, such as third start after a layoff, trainer/jockey combinations. Start off with small wagers. Do study the sport.

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