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.
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?