Thursday, July 12, 2012

NFL betting resourcesLast offseason I wrote a post about various NFL handicapping factors and links to consider for the 2011 season.  It was a bit of a scotched-taped collection of resources without much organization.

This year I decided to develop the site a bit to give those tools easier access and some categorization.  Below is a description of all the items in the front-page menu.



Stats/Info: here are a list of useful links that are tailored for your week-to-week analysis. Standard things such as team news, injuries, weather, statistical matchups, schedule, and ATS standings are provided.  If you are looking for more in-depth stats/info feel free to send me a question and I'll get you in the right direction.  Also, this season I'll be posting links on Twitter to useful articles on a weekly basis that I feel provide some insight. 

NFL Picks Community ResourcesConnect: this menu is the social hub of the gambling community.  I tried to provide a bit of everything that will give you a general overview to stay connected.  SBR publishes news updates on what's going on with the Vegas/offshore market, while BeyondTheBets is a great betting news blog that stays on top of all the latest in the major sports.  SBR/Covers are the two most popular betting forums out there and if you're looking for audio, Beyond the Bets with Chad Millmen and Pregame Podcasts with Gill Alexander are great listens.  If you're not sure who to follow on Twitter in the betting community, BTB has published an extensive list to get you started.

Live Odds: one window that is usually pinned open on my laptop is a live odds menu to stay on top of all the latest line movement.  There are various options out there, but I prefer the one from SportsInsights.  I've linked to the free version which comes with a 20 minute delay, but for those looking for a serious leg up on the market I'd recommend to try their free trial or explore XML feeds.

NFL Picks Money Management Resources$$$ Management: this is a critical aspect that I wanted to highlight going into the 2012 season.  I've had great success picking winners over the last several years, but a nice percentage of my profits has come from using fundamental betting skills.  Managing your money, investment, and psychology wisely is essential to maximizing your bottom line.

Best Sportsbooks: as outlined in my money management articles, having multiple accounts is so important for line shopping.  At the bare minimum you should have at least one account with a top book as well.  5Dimes and Pinnacle Sports are clear favorites in the industry and both have rock solid reputations and most importantly are safe to use.  Adding an additional book such as Bodog/Bovada is a great advantage for those looking for underdog lines and prop options.  I've highlighted all of their top features and provided links to their SBR reviews for those looking for more in-depth information.

NFL Picks Reading ResourcesReading: most recreational bettors are not going to sit down and read a book on the subject, but if you are looking to develop a solid foundation of betting knowledge I highly recommend all three books I have listed in this section.  There are a handful more that you'll likely come across in this industry, but most of them are either outdated, severely flawed, or downright useless.

Resources: there are a handful of fantastic resources that all bettors should be incorporating into their handicapping.  SBR tools provides a nice array of options that covers most of the betting tools you'll ever need--and all of them are free.  They also provide the most respected reviews of all sportsbooks in the industry and do a great job of monitoring the latest developments.  The risk IQ test is free to take and it's something I included for those looking for more insight into their personal prediction abilities.  Your ability to make picks could come down to something as simple as your understanding of risk and probabilities.  If you think you have all the bases covered, check out the Las Vegas Hilton Contest and put your money against the best!

I hope you find these resources helpful and if you have any other feedback/suggestions then let me know.  Best of luck this year!