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For the Love of the Game

For those who love to go to the game or make a routine of watching the game at home, the obvious extension of this all-out love of live sport is to bet on your favorite team. This has become part of the live sports viewing process, and placing a bet on your favorite hockey team, simply heightens the excitement during the game. Here are some clear dos and don’ts of this popular pastime.

Do

Know your teams. If you’re going to be betting on a sports team, then you need to know the team. It’s more scientific than simply laying the bet and hoping. Knowing the team in question means that you will have particular insights as to the players and the manner in which they have performed historically against their current and future opponents.

Know your limits; whether it’s cents or dollars, you need to know what the amount is that you can afford to lose. This is the accepted means of selecting an amount to play when sports betting. It’s about creating a bankroll, an amount of money to bet on your team that will not affect your normal day-to-day budget.

Know the platform. You must know and be familiar with the platform or sports betting site that you choose.  As with other forms of online gaming and gambling, there are a number of great platforms. Some are more versatile than others, such as rubyfortune.com so, make sure that you have done your research and know what it is you like to play and have access to these games from the platform you have chosen. Various offerings out there will allow live, in-game betting, and this really heightens the excitement as every play can be a winner.

Having all of this information is as important as knowing the terminology and the odds that are involved. It’s a bit tricky to understand from the outset, but as you do more reading and research the system and the language used, it is as easy as just watching the game.

Don’t

Make bets from the heart; they must be based on the actual knowledge of the game at hand. Many punters only want to bet on their specific team and consider it somewhat sacrilegious to even consider placing a bet on another team. If it’s only your specific team you want to bet on, then do this with a touch of pragmatism and honesty. There is no point betting on your team to win against the conference or league leaders when all the stats and the odds say otherwise. Bet with your brain and the knowledge that the plethora of online sports magazines provides.

Chase your losses. Just like the sport itself, if you’re going to play, then as aforementioned, losing is one of the expected results. When engaging in any form of betting, especially live sports betting, you should set off with the premise that you will lose what you bet and, as such, never chase your losses.

Betting on your favorite hockey team can be a great way to spend your downtime and can be great fun, but make sure that you know the game and the team. Sports betting is a growing pastime and has proven to heighten the excitement of the game. Keep abreast with recent changes, injuries, and updates to team news. Above all else, it can be a fun way to increase the excitement of the game and involve your friends in some friendly in-game competition.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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