No matter which way you look at it, sports betting is gambling. Knowing that gambling can be a problem for certain people is why I wrote the post about gambling responsibly. Having said that sports betting can also be fun as long as you follow certain rules. Rules that I mentioned in that post.

One of the most important rules is betting only what you can afford. If you do that then sports betting can be an enjoyable pastime. Especially if you win. Failing to do that will make betting on any sport more stressful than anything else. If you’ve been reading this blog you would have noticed that I have lost more often than I have won. You would also have noticed that even when I lose I don’t seem at all worried. If anything, placing a bet on any given sport has increased my enjoyment of that particular game.

Bet Only What You Can Afford And Remove The Stress Of Losing

I enjoy the game more because a win means more than just watching my chosen team, horse or whatever, beat their opponent. It also means that I get something more from them winning. I also get a financial gain, no matter how small. For some reason it just makes the whole experience more exiting.

bet only what you can afford

If I lose, so what! the bet only cost me ten bucks. I blow way, way more than that when I take the family to the movies. Shit, the last time I went to see the flicks with my son. The popcorn and frozen coke cost me more than the movie itself. Now that is what I call a ripoff! All up I’m sure I spent close to a hundred dollars. I didn’t mind spending that though because I enjoyed the time with my son and I could well afford the expense.

The same with placing a bet. I can easily afford to lose the ten bucks so even if I do lose the bet it doesn’t ruin the whole betting experience.

If I couldn’t afford to lose a wager then rather than increase the enjoyment factor of any sport it would have the complete opposite effect. If that was the case then whats the point of betting on a sport at all?


Yep, it’s going to be another Showdown this Sunday and what better game to feature this weeks bet of the week. For those of you who don’t know, every time the Crows play Port Power it’s called a Showdown. I have to admit the Crows haven’t been playing well of late and the Power has. Also the Power have won the last few showdowns But even though it looks bad for the Crows, I’m still putting my money on them.

Showdown Sunday For The Crows

You’re probably wondering what I’m doing backing the Adelaide Crows to win this weeks Showdown. I could say I had a gut feeling, at least I could use indigestion as an excuse when or if they lose. :D Showdown Sunday

The fact that David Mackay will not be playing this week, being concussed from last weeks game against Essendon, will make winning that much harder But shit, miracles happen right.

Plus there is the fact that it’s an Adelaide Crows home game, giving us the home advantage. You have to admit, the guys are going to need all the help they can get. You’d hope that they would realise that a loss would almost kill any chance of getting into the top eight as well. Maybe that will be enough to fire them up so they actually win this Showdown.

I know they have it in them to win. They just have to believe in themselves enough to carry them over the line.

As you can see from the image on the right I’ve gone with bet365 for this weeks wager. Not as colourful as the Sportingbet app but every bit as functional.

Just to make things interesting I decided to split the way I spent my ten bucks this week.

Adelaide by 25+: I placed a buck for Adelaide to win by more than 25 points. Yeah, I know I’m dreaming. But, if it becomes a reality I’ll win $9.

Adelaide by 16+: Just hedging my bets, so in case they win my more than 16 points I’ll win $6. Of course if they get more than 25 points both bets will win.

Adelaide by 1-24: I’m thinking this means I win if they’re win falls into the 1-24 points range. Hopefully they’ll do that so I can see how this works. ;)

The second to last one is a $5 bet for a win. C’mon guys, you know you can do it!!!

The last one. Well, that has nothing to do with the Showdown. You see, I also happen to support Central Districts in the SANFL and I’m hoping they’ll kick the Redlegs ass. ;)

Did you notice the ‘Cash Out’ option that appears at the bottom of each of my bets. I wasn’t sure what the hell that was so I just had to find out. It seems to be special feature for bet365 members.

bet365 Cash Out Option

The Cash Out feature gives you more control over your bets and allows you to take a return before the event has started.

Traditionally, once your bet has been placed you would have to sit back and wait for it to be settled. With our new feature you now have the opportunity to monitor your selections and Cash Out at a point of your choice.

The amount offered will be dependent on how your bet is progressing and could be of a higher or lower value than your original stake. This allows you to take a profit if your bet is doing well, or minimise any potential loss should you think any upcoming selections are unlikely to result in a win.

Cash Out is available on selected pre-match markets on single and multiple bets, for a variety of sports including Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Tennis and Basketball.

How to Cash Out 

Bets that are eligible for Cash Out will display in the My Bets section of your Bet Slip – and using Cash Out could not be easier.

Simply place your single or multiple bet, then monitor the My Bets section of your Bet Slip to see the amount being offered to Cash Out early. Should you decide to take this option all you need to do is click on the Cash Out button located beneath your selections.

The amount at which you decide to Cash Out is then fixed, the bet is settled and the final result relating to your bet will have no impact on the amount returned to your account.

Now you now this weeks bet of the week and what the bet365 Cash Out option is all about. Who are you placing your bet on this week?

Oh, before you go, did you see my latest Hot Sport Babes post. It’s sort of AO and NSFW type of post but I kind of like it :)