For as long as sports betting has existed, debates have centered around what the most important quality is to being successful. We have discussed this many times and have mentioned several things such as knowing the sport, knowing the rules, the importance of probability, and other factors as well. However, one thing that matters quite a bit is something that can easily be overlooked. That would be your perspective when it comes to betting. As we’ve said many times before and will continue to repeat, there’s a significant amount of luck that goes into sports betting, or gambling of any kind. You can do all the analysis you want, and do all the research needed to make an informed decision, but at the end of the day, things like errors or the bounce of the dice will ultimately play a part in whether you win or lose.
This is why perspective matters. If you go into this believing you HAVE TO WIN, that will just increase the pressure on yourself to perform and will likely lead to poor decision making. One of things we stress is that there will be brutal losses and remarkable wins. Just last night, the Rays were down 2-0 going to the 9th inning. They were on the road and facing a team who’s been very good all year. The odds of us pulling that game out like we did was pretty unlikely to happen, but the Rays managed to score 3 times in the 9th and stole a win. Of course, as we’ve seen recently, we’ve had plenty of tough losses too. That’s all part of the game we play.
At the end of the day, keeping things in perspective won’t just lead to better success over time, but it’ll make gambling of all kinds more enjoyable. After all, if we’re not enjoying this, there’s no point in it. Of course, we all want to win. But having fun matters too. Success and fun go hand in hand in this case.