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How to keep your sports betting bankroll in shape

How to keep your sports betting bankroll in shape


When it comes to betting, one of the goals is to maximize your winnings and minimize your losses. It's broad when you think about it, so if you want a more specific goal, you can start by managing your bankroll properly by not letting the whole thing go down the drain. A bankroll is important if you're serious about sports betting or any kind of betting in general.

You can think of it as your capital, and if you don't have any capital left, you won't have anything to bet with. That said, keeping your bankroll alive and hefty is one of your priorities as a bettor. If you're new to betting and don't know the concept of a bankroll yet, you're in luck as we will be talking about what bankroll is and how to manage it properly in this article.

What is a bankroll?

Essentially, a bankroll is a money you're willing to put in betting. As mentioned earlier, it acts like a capital that you start with for your bets. So what is its purpose? It is there to prevent you from dipping your hands in your bank account. When they start betting, many people tend to use their bank accounts.

While it's fine as long as you only do it once or twice, if you're planning to bet as a casual hobby, betting with cash directly from your bank account is not a sustainable habit, especially in the long run. And thus the existence of bankroll. It is recommended that you put money that you're okay with losing in your bankroll.

In short, the money in your bankroll should only be extra money that you're not spending on any important thing. Typically, veteran bettors have an alternative account for their bankroll. This is a good thing to have when you want to make your bankroll secured. Now that you know what a bankroll is, how do you manage it properly? Here are a few tips.

Manage your time in betting

Too often, there are players who bet more than expected either because they are on a hot streak or they're chasing their losses. Neither of these reasons is good. You should always know how much you'll bet in a single session. Not only is it a good way to limit yourself to keep your bankroll safe, but it's also a good habit to form. In short, you need to have discipline if you want to keep your bankroll alive.

Select a unit size

One way to manage your bankroll is to divide it into units. The size of your units is based on your decision, but the most common size that bettors typically use is $5 per unit. If you're a beginner, keeping it consistent is in your best interest as it makes your bets more uniform, making it easier to manage. Or, if you want to make your units percentage-based, you can opt between 1%-5% if you're confident.

However, since you're still a beginner, let's make it 1%-2%. This is only for a start, of course, and the more you become more experienced in sports betting, the more you can make it bigger, especially if your bankroll is increasing in size.

Raise your stakes accordingly

All players start small. Beginners tend to be more conservative with their bets since they're still new after all. But as you grow in bankroll, and the more you understand NFL, MLB, or NBA betting odds, the higher your bets will be. It's a natural progression and what makes sports betting exciting. The more you put in your bets, the more money you will win.

Also, it's more thrilling and a good experience when you go to the higher leagues. However, if you see that your bankroll is decreasing, there's no shame in going back to smaller bets. After all, your bankroll is the lifeblood of your betting journey, and one of your goals is to keep it alive as long as possible.

Avoid betting with emotion

One of the worst things to do in sports betting is to bet according to your emotions. While it's easier said than done, betting with emotions is not a sustainable strategy. It's only normal to get excited when on a winning streak and feel bad and want to chase losses when you're losing, but we assure you that it's one of the most common reasons bankrolls go bankrupt.

That said, keeping your mind fresh and your heart calm is one way to think more thoroughly and weigh your bets accordingly; sure, it's hard to get rid of the urges to bet more to either keep up that streak or chase losses, but they are ultimately bad habits to have in sports betting or betting in general.

Final words

Your bankroll is the lifeblood of your sports betting journey. Without your bankroll, you'll be dipping your hands in your personal bank account, and that's a fast track for bankruptcy. Thus, keeping your bankroll separate and keeping it alive as long as possible should be your number one priority when you're just starting in sports betting.
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