Shopping the Line
Being a consistent winner at sports betting is extremely difficult. The difference between winning and losing, sharps and squares, can come down to as little as a half a point. It is vital for every bettor to maximize their chance to win every time they bet. One way to do this is by having multiple outs.
Having multiple sportsbooks allows you to take advantage of sign up bonuses and odds boosts, but more importantly, it allows you to shop the pick. The difference 5 and 5.5 and may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but getting on or off the key numbers (3, 6, 7, 10) may mean everything. Avoiding the hook when laying the points or getting it when taking the points, increases the chance of winning enough to make a losing bettor a winner.
One way to ensure a bettor is getting the best number is by having multiple outs, or sportsbooks, to bet through. Every bettor should have at minimum three sportsbooks to shop the line.
One of the main difficulties of having multiple sportsbook is the arduous and timely task of filtering through each application or driving to each sportsbook. Unfortunately, people do not have the time or the energy to shop the line, which makes winning that much harder. At Avoid the Vig, we recognize this and are in the process of a creating a tool to shop all your NFL picks from one screen customized to only your sportsbooks, set notifications for line moves, receive our plays and track your own. This will save the bettor time and increase the chances of becoming a winning sports bettor.
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