Best bet advice: Don’t rely on guessing

July 09, 2002 5:12 AM
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Who is your best bet? It’s a question heard every day. You know I bet horses and sports all the time. That is the reason I moved to Vegas in 1976 from Steubenville, Ohio, not that you couldn’t bet every day in Steubenville.

However, it was so much more fun doing it in a place where it wasn’t illegal.

Anyway, I wish I knew what my best bet was. You see you can start off with something that you really like but then the price may not be right, the weather might change, just so many things can happen that you just don’t know. When betting on horses I might not even like a rave but at post time I could see a 10-1 horse that I believe should be 2-1. This will make a best bet for me.

I personally don’t make many flat bets. It’s very hard to find horses that have a very good chance at winning that are in my price range. I will wager on horses that are 8-1 and higher. Usually I play only pick 3’s.

For me to have a best bet on the ponies, I usually must be at the book to check the prices. Then, you don’t know what’s in store because of the late money coming in from the off track facilities.

In sports, having a best bet is a lot easier in basketball and football. It’s much harder in baseball with the pitching since the relievers play such a major part in the outcome. Football and baskets are very simple.

Say you make a game —3 and the point spread comes out pick. That to me is a very good bet. The bottom line is that in a best bet, you need to know exactly what you’re getting. Guessing games can only cost money.

As hard as it is to win a bet, you must have a lot of willpower. Don’t bet for the sake of wagering, unless you have more money than brains. Then, it really doesn’t matter. The two best things about gambling is the money you get when you win and the personal satisfaction of the accomplishment.

There was much response from last week’s article about cell phones in the books and baseball rule changes. As for cell phones the tally was 100 percent for phones being allowed. This reaction came from patrons, race and sports supervisors and managers.

As for rule changes on baseball, it was pretty well split. One manager, Sid Diamond from the Regent, was totally against. Since I have the utmost respect for Sid, I must be full of beans to think this rule needs a change for fairness sake.

If there are any supervisors or managers who would like to voice an opinion on this, pleased contact me at Rsaber@gamingtoday.com. I can’t believe I’m this off base.