Select Page

Would love to echo the thoughts of previous responses which state that the ideal game to wager on is the one in which you have the most personal understanding.

However, I would also like to give a caveat. Tennis. I would never bet on tennis again. Many years back, when I was younger and much more stupid than I am now, I used to wager on (men’s) tennis. After a while, it occurred to me that my success rate was not anywhere near where it ought to be. I was only mildly unrealistic concerning what my success rate needs to be but my success rate was, objectively, very dreadful. I researched my stakes as best I could (in the time, Official Site of Men’s Professional Tennis | ATP World Tour | Tennis proved to be a treasure trove of statistics which could help you choose your own bets) but even allowing for”the house always wins” nature of gambling, I was dreadful. So, I decided to do some research of my own. As all tennis lovers know as Jerry Seinfeld expressed well, the scoring system in tennis is very weird. Four points to win a game, six games to win a pair (having an advantage of two) etc.. Fortunately, the ATP tour website provided statistics on total points won for every single game. I did a little study of my own. Across many of tournaments (it was a long time ago, I can not remember the number) I found that, on the ATP tour, something like 70-80% of games were decided by 5-7 points or not. Woah. Too close. Additionally, there’s no question of corruption. A number of pros (both good to quite good and journeymen) have been investigated for match fixing. This is a problem for each game where widespread betting is permitted but obviously more widespread in sports than larger team sports.

Read more: