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How to keep your sports betting techniques sharp while on lockdown

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At some point, this halt in the sports world will end, and we will be back to betting on games. Now is a good time to explore some new theories, tools and web sites.

Today we will focus on the Rockets via SBD Sharp, a trend-based site that takes a different approach. Basically, it acts as a data tool that looks at teams and leagues performances over time, and tracks how much money could have been made based on different plays, including ATS, money line and over/unders.

Whither the Rockets?

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For instance, this breakdown shows how the Rockets fared in money line wagers. As underdogs, they were 6-5, which would have brought a positive ROI of 100.18 percent. So by simply playing the Rockets only as underdogs, you would have a nice profit.

Keeping track

Analyzing results is a must for anyone who is trying to make a longterm profit. Finding trends is the key to successful betting, because in the end you are trying to make your best possible guess. Taking as much of the guesswork out is critical to success. While we are on lockdown, finding new tools is essential, and this is a very good one.

Winning over time is not easy, so arming yourself with as much intel as possible is a good thing. It is even more important now, because with nothing to bet on, plugging the leaks in your wagering can really pay off in the long run when the action does return. The NBA had developed some definitive trends during the 2019-20 season, and it will be interesting to see how those play out when basketball returns.

Every bit of knowledge helps, and this is a good site to play around for when the games return.

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5 tips for beginning poker players

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Since we are all on lockdown, many people have rediscovered online poker, specifically Texas Hold 'Em. While pay money sites are not legal, there are a lot of free card rooms and player-money exchange rooms where you can hone your game. We started a free poker club on Pokerstars.net with tournaments every night at 8 p.m. for no real money. We also do noon tournaments.

On Saturday, we will be doing an online charity tournament.

Maybe you are stuck with your family and want to get a game going to stay busy. This will work for you as well. This is just a basic introduction to get you started. There are a lot of good resources out there once you master the basics.

So if you are looking for something to do and have only a passing knowledge of the game, here are five tips that will get you on your way.

1) Learn the basic rules

It sounds silly, but knowing which hand beats what is important. This will give you a detailed look at the basics. If nothing else, learn the ranking of each hand. You can also observe tables once you join our poker club. Pay attention to what is happening with the other players and familiarize yourself with the software and how the game is played. Pay particular attention to the players who are winning the most chips.

2) Start with the free games

This is an excellent chance to get involved, learn and see what the game is like with no risk. Most of the people in the poker club are pretty good players, so you will get a chance to test your skills without losing any money. The game will change when you play for dollars, but when you are learning, this is a good way to start.

3) Limit your hands at the beginning

When first getting started, playing tight is the best way to learn. Unless you are in the blinds, stick to top starting 10 hands:

1. AA

2. KK

3. QQ

4. AK (same suit)

5. JJ

6. 10-10

7. AK (different suits)

8. AQ (suited)

9. 9-9

10. AJ (suited)

Or you can use this table, which ranks all the hands, although slightly different.

As you become more familiar with the game, you can begin to expand which hands you play.

4) Understand the importance of position

If you have the button, you will be last to act after the flop. This is a big advantage; the later position you are in, the more advantage you will have. Think of it as being the dealer in blackjack. You don't have to act until everyone else does. Again, knowing how to take advantage of this will come with more practice.

5) Find your personality

Eventually, your game will match your life. If you are a wild risk-taker, you will likely develop an aggressive game. If you are a passive person, you will likely be a tight player. But there are many ways to win. Early on, avoid too much bluffing. You will figure out the right times to do it as you learn more and become more accustomed to the game. But let your personality dictate how you play as your skills develop.

The bottom line

This is just a starting point if you have been interested and want to mess around a little and see if you can learn. Use losses as learning experiences; go back and evaluate what you did right and wrong. Sometimes you will just make a bad play. Sometimes you will get outplayed. Sometimes you are just unlucky. As Matt Dean used to say, "decisions, not outcomes." The more right decisions you make, the better off you will be in the long run.

Questions? Hit me up at faour975@gmail.com

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