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.
Forget emotional wins.
There's always a letdown for teams coming off big wins – especially college teams that consistent entirely of young, excitable players. Even consummately professional teams are affected by the post-victory blues. This year the New England Patriots beat the Saints before falling to the erratic New York Jets. Tom Brady looks about as unhappy as a man with a perfect life can look. Also remember to watch out for teams that are looking too far forward. Underdogs frequently have their way with teams about to go head-to-head with a rival. The best idea: Find the most boring stretch of a team's schedule and bet on that.
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