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Sport Betting Contrary Advice


Suppose you are sitting there having the time of your life, busily engaged in your favorite online poker tournament. Then, it happens, suddenly and without warning. First you were up, then you were down. Now you start to panic and throw all the responsible and trusted gameplay advice out the window and put it all on the line for one big win. Ooops, that one turned out to be one big loss.

What’s going on here? What happened to cause you to behave like this and ignore all of that hard earned gameplay wisdom you have built up over the years. Is this a form of self-sabotage or something else entirely.

Consider another possibility if you will. What if you had too much information in your hands and like a drug addict you suddenly found yourself unable to control your next actions. Where might this excess information be coming from that caused you so much angst?

Would you believe something so innocent as your bank balance could have tripped you up? Really, think about. If you are using smart gameplay strategies you remember to start with a defined bankroll. Then as you continue to play, you only ever put a certain percentage of that bankroll at risk at any one time.

Well, until you don’t, that is. The problem shows up with the ready availability for you to keep track of your real time balance at any point in time. With a single button click you can see how much you are up and you can see how much you are down.

Although the availability of an instant balance sounds like a good thing on the surface, it could be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Here’s why; its just a little basic psychology at work. If you check your balance and you’re up, you automatically feel “up”. However, if you check your balance and see you are down, you may feel “down”.

The challenge arises when you feel down and you decide you must do something about it. In other words, you start betting without any discipline or even forethought. Another term for this is “chasing your losses”. Not surprisingly, chasing your losses turns out to be the fastest way to go broke in a hurry.

What’s the answer then? What is a smart bettor to do? Simple, ignore the easy button to check your bank balance during your game play. If you are limiting yourself to your bankroll and the limits you set for yourself, you are more likely to come out ahead at the end of the year.