A Beginner’s Guide: How to Get Into Sports Betting

 

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Sports betting has been around for centuries. It’s long been a beloved activity of sports fans worldwide, offering another way sports fans can engage with their favorite sports and other fans. But if you’re new to sports betting, you might not know much about it, how to place a bet, or even where to start. Consider this your beginner’s guide to sports betting.

Recent History of Sports Betting

In the long history of sports betting, the most important time to pay attention to is recent history. Specifically, what’s been happening over the last few decades. From 1992 to 2018, sports betting was illegal in the United States. Sports fans of course still placed bets, but it was a lot harder to do so.

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that making sports betting illegal was unconstitutional and that states should have the right to choose whether or not sports betting should be legal. States like Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New Jersey, Nevada, and Rhode Island now have completely legalized sports betting. States like New York, Indiana, and Montana have legalized sports betting only in select areas, and many other states are working on bills right now to legalize some form of sports betting.

Although many professional sports leagues like the NFL were originally against the legalization of sports betting, they’ve now come around to the idea. Small taxes on bets can provide various leagues with additional income. Plus, it offers another way to keep fans engaged with their favorite sports and teams, which is the end goal of every team. The NFL, for example, recently signed a deal with Caesars Entertainment for exactly that purpose.

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Where Should You Place Bets?

This all depends on where you live. If sports betting is legal throughout your state, then you have nothing to worry about. The most convenient place for you is to place bets online through a reputable website or app. You might choose a site or app specifically known for placing sports bets, or one that offers a wide selection of gaming and betting options.

But if you live in one of the states with legal sports betting only in specific areas, then you’ll have to follow those rules. This might require you to place bets in a physical casino, whether in person or on a mobile phone. And if you think you can get around this, think again: Most sites or apps will verify your location before you can place a bet.

Additionally, it’s important to know that many betting sites will offer you a sign-up bonus or credit, or other perks like getting a refund if you lose your first bet. Do some research and find out which site best fits what you’re looking for. But before you place a bet, make sure to keep these three reasons new bettors often lose money in mind, and be sure to place your bets wisely!

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eSports Betting

There’s a lot of money in eSports, and eSports covers a wide variety of games, from first person shooters, to sports games, to fantasy games. The now billion-dollar industry is hugely competitive and popular, with prize pools for tournaments sometimes reaching into the millions. Just like with traditional sports, eSports fans will place bets on games and even travel long distances to watch their favorite gamers (who are often professional gamers) compete.

Similar to traditional sports betting, you can place bets on eSports tournaments on many general sports betting websites or else on eSports betting websites. The process of placing bets is exactly the same. The most popular eSports to bet on are usually League of Legends, Counter Strike GO, and Dota 2.

Between the legalization of sports betting in the U.S. and the arrival of eSports betting, this is certainly an exciting time in the world of sports betting — and an exciting time to get involved and place a bet.

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Football Memorabilia

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Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football is the country’s greatest passion. Nothing can match a Sunday of thrilling and explosive gridiron action — and the history of both the college and pro game runs deep across this football-crazed nation.

With the sport’s rich heritage, there is no shortage of iconic and valuable memorabilia on sale these days. Most fans have gotten an autograph or visited the Hall of Fame and understand how much emotional weight is wrapped up in all these items. And, even better to some, there are also great financial profits to be earned.

Fortunately, the barrier to entry of becoming a collector of football memorabilia isn’t high. Knowing where to start can seem daunting at first — and there can be some large, upfront costs for major items. But by following a few key tips, you can avoid the pitfalls some beginners make and turn this into an endeavor that’s fulfilling for both your heart and your wallet.

Know Where to Look

These days, there’s a wide range of places where you can find sports memorabilia and collectibles, including:

  • Reputable card dealers
  • Local card retailers
  • Specialty trade shows 
  • Auctions

Your best advice, though, is to conduct some research before buying anything from a card dealer or retail outlet that you can trust. As you get more familiar with the community, secondary sellers will become easier to validate over time, and you can use word of mouth or online networks to seek out less well-known marketplaces that may contain some gems.

Don’t Be Fooled

Many people on eBay, other online marketplaces or even at some less formal trade shows usually aren’t selling genuine memorabilia. Instead, they’re merely selling a bill of goods and looking to get rich quick. Don’t want to be the sucker who gets duped.

Viewers of the reality show Pawn Stars know even a seasoned collector needs to rely on a professional to spot a forgery. In the sports memorabilia world, authenticity verification is critical. Of course, if you want to be 100 percent certain you aren’t getting duped, make sure the item is valid before purchasing it.

Set a Budget

To some degree, every football collector is an investor. So, particularly as you start out, sticking to a set budget is critical. The goal is to buy memorabilia for cheap and sell it for a significant profit down the road as the item appreciates. 

Making a big come up is rewarding both financially and from a professional standpoint — and it can be addictive, creating a hunger for more. There are other factors involved in collecting, but don’t go overboard early on or take a big loss on an item for which you misjudged the market.

Collect with Your Heart

At the same time, most people who collect football memorabilia started because they were a fan first. Never forget that. If you find an item that’s emotionally significant to you, understand that nostalgia has a price. More than seeing this as a negative, try to remember this is why you got the bug in the first place. 

Now, don’t completely go over your budget due to a personal connection, but realize that some items in your collection will never sell, anyway. If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it might be worth paying a little extra to give you something of an emotional showpiece that encourages you to keep looking for more incredible items. Indeed, money is always recoupable, but regret is forever.

Becoming a Collector Requires Skill and Diligence

If you already know a lot about the game, you’re off to a great start. Being a real football fan means you’ll have a good understanding of the context and importance of the various items you come across as you begin your journey as a collector.

Be sure to know where to look, do your due diligence to not get duped by fakes, don’t spend beyond your means and remember your heart is what got you into this in the first place. If you start out following these four core principles, you’ll be well on your way to a Hall of Fame-caliber experience in the world of sports memorabilia.