July 12th, 2008
Over 35 years ago, in the early 70’s, handicapping services available to the general public were few and far between, with only a handful of companies offering the service. Fast forward to 2008 and there are thousands of services out there, some offering everything from “80-90(and more) percent chance of winning every time, or “can’t lose” or other such guarantees. How do you tell the good ones from the bad?
Here are some tips from one of the oldest and most well-known Sports Handicapping services in the business, Doc’s Sports Service, which has been family-owned and operated since 1971:
1. Be careful of services that have you call them for free picks and then immediately want your phone number to call you back. One of their high-pressure salesmen will call you back, tell you how their system really works, and believe me there is nothing ‘Free’ about it. These services typically charge you a percentage of your winnings. Since they have so many callers, they will give out different games to different callers, guaranteeing themselves a percentage of someone’s winnings. They don’t have just one set of picks. The winners are happy and ready to pay for next week’s picks, and you can bet your winnings the price of these picks will go up. The losers will get a call back from another service, most often the same service, using a different name, promising a great week, and the system starts all over again.
2. Watch out for services offering different levels of picks. For example, Diamond, Gold, and Silver packages, based on the idea that the more you pay, the better the picks will be. The question that always remains is “Why wouldn’t you give everyone your best picks?” Why give out the lower level of picks at all? The answer is obvious. To give out more expensive picks to those who can afford it and less expensive picks to those who can’t. In reality the outcome of the selections has nothing to do with the price that is charged and whichever group happens to be winning will be the one heavily promoted. Through it all the end result is obvious. These services do not have your best interest in mind.
3. Sports betting is a marathon not a sprint. The same principle that applies to any business, also applies to betting sports. There are no ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes. There are no ‘Locks.’ Any game can and will lose in almost unimaginable ways. And, you will unfortunately have your losing days. The bottom line is to win more than you lose.
4. Never bet beyond your means. Be patient and above all have some fun and enjoy it. If you can’t afford to ever lose – don’t gamble.
If you’re looking to use the handicapping info you can get from Doc’s or any other reputable service out there, make sure you make good decisions with regard to who you place your bets with. As with handicapping services, there are THOUSANDS of places will to take your money to place a bet. Again, be smart, and do you homework when looking for the right Baseball Sportsbook (any other sport for that matter).
Even if you are not a gambler, you can never have too much Red Sox info such as schedules (updated daily)
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And, as always, if you do choose to gamble, please do so responsibly.