For those of you interested in reading up on the subject of Sports Betting, there are a few titles available that provide a nice overview of successful betting strategies.
Sharper: A Guide to Modern Sports Betting
Written by “Poker Joe” this relatively quick read gives very technical insight into how to become a sharper sports bettor. Joe is one of the few Americans who has actually made a living “grinding” it out on the Vegas strip. He really stresses the importance of getting the right price, details how to think of betting as value instead of a prediction of who will win and teaches you how to take the emotion out of betting. He is very systematic in his approach and demystifies a lot of aspects of sports betting that separates the losers from the winners. It’s a great book if you want a seasoned veterans perspective about the industry and what he believes are sound approaches to sports betting. It is a great dose of reality to those sports bettors sick and tired of losing and wanting more.
The Complete Guide to Sports Betting: The Six Key Principals Sports Bettors Use to Profit at the Sports Book
This book is a great primer to the world of sports betting. It is a very quick read and introduces a lot of concepts sports bettors use in a very clear and straightforward way. The author, Kevin Dolan, goes over what EV is, explains common bets and betting terms and then dives into the six key principles which are: money management including how much of your bankroll you should bet, how to create power rankings and use them to cap games, using and understanding trends, situations and consensus data, and finally understanding line moves.
He also goes into how to bet specific sports such as NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college sports. I found this section very helpful because not all sports are bet the same and it is important to understand that betting different sports requires different strategies.
If you want a nice introduction that introduces important fundamental concepts, this is a great book to start with.
Smart Sports Betting: How to Shift From Diehard Fan to Winning Gambler
This book is probably the most relatable to the novice gambler. Matt Rudnitsky starts off his book talking about how he turned his grandmother’s $100 gift into almost $8,000 and then managed to lose it all. Matt has a great writing voice and his self-depreciating humor makes him seem trustworthy.
This was one of the most entertaining book I have read on gambling and, not only that, I learned a lot too. What I liked most about the book was how he kept it real. He does a great job of really helping the starting gambler NOT lose his money as he correctly points out that sports betting is hard and is not something that you can just stroll into a win on a consistent basis without learning and staying humble.
This might be the best book to start with because it is an easy read, funny and puts everything into perspective. It debunks a lot of myths and common misperceptions. If you are looking to develop the right frame of mind about sports betting, this book is a must read and I highly recommend it.