If you're looking to improve your financial over-under by throwing money at weekend games, you'll need more than just a hunch. "Most casual football bettors place wagers with their heart, not their mind," says Johnny Avello, executive director of the sports book at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. "But there's less 'luck' in football than in most other kinds of gambling. You've gotta do your research."
Avello's wisdom in setting the lines has made the Wynn the country's go-to sports-betting parlor. He gave a us some tips so that we could create a set of guidelines for gamblers looking to mitigate risk and make a bit of coin.
Focus on home games.
If a home team is at least a three-point favorite, check the team's home record over the past decade. If it's at least .500, consider putting down some money. Team results deviate less at home and the vast majority of teams in the NFL have won more games at home than they have on the road over the last decade.
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