Sports Picks Action

September 21, 2009 by Zen  
Filed under Featured Articles

Many sports picks action gamblers appreciate the thrill of putting down large stakes of money on a single bet, and the rush that accompanies the feeling of a big win. Unfortunately, if this describes the way you bet there are going to be disastrous consequences. I’ll even give you 100 to 1 odds that you’ll face long term problems. What’s worse is that many people pay large amounts of money for sports picks and then end up action betting on them. In the betting world we call players like this; sports picks action players. This brief article will attempt to steer you away from being a sports picks action player and instead guide you in the way of the sharps.

Sports picks action players — Don’t Take Advice

At Zen Money we don’t want sports picks action players as customers. We have several reasons for this. For one reason, they tend to follow their instincts more than they follow our advice. This is fine, if their instincts were right most of the time… but usually they aren’t. We encourage all players to learn to trust their instincts, but only after they’ve properly fined tuned them. When you start off trying to trust your instincts you’re probably just trusting your mental chatter. It is only once you’ve learned how to turn down the volume knob on your mental chatter that you can begin to really trust your instincts. Meditation is a big part of this.

No Patience or Responsibility

These sorts of  players also tend to jump from one handicapper to another without really giving it a shot. They aren’t looking for small consistent winners. Instead, they’re looking for the one lucky sports pick that makes them big money (only to lose more in another single bet). If they lose a lot of money on a sports pick they’ll usually stop subscribing to the service (which is expected in some circumstances). But you can’t place a huge wager on a single sports pick and then be upset if it loses (unless the handicapper tells you to bet a huge amount).

They Bet for the Thrill of Gambling

Another thing we’ve noticed from sports picks action players is that they bet for the adrenaline rush of betting, not for the money that can actually be made from it. One way to find out if this applies to you is to do the following test; save up and make a large wager on a game (choose your own pick). After you win the bet do you feel extremely happy? Does this feeling of happiness dissipate after a while and make you want to bet again? If you lost the bet do you feel extremely upset? Has losing completely affected your mood? You don’t have to actually do this with real money, just imagine the feelings you’d feel after a big bet.

We’re going to let you in on a little secret. When we win a bet guess what we feel?… Nothing. It feels the same as saying the weather outside is nice, or the color of the sky is blue. This might be hard to believe, but we’ve developed an indifference to winning and losing. If we lose we feel exactly the same as if we win. The only difference is that we find more money in our account with which we can buy more things. If you’re a sports picks action player this sort of indifference could take you a long time to develop but you’ll get there. Don’t get us wrong, when we started betting, we were definitely sports picks action players. We made bets for the thrill of it. But now we bet to see the numbers increase in our bank accounts. If you’re planning on making a steady income from sports betting for years to come, you’ll have to learn the art of indifference.

How did we develop indifference to winning and losing? We came to a deep realization that all the money we win or lose from sports betting is borrowed money anyway. When we die, we don’t get to take our money with us, and we’re definitely not going to let outside circumstances like winning or losing a bet dictate our entire mood for days.

They Follow the Herd

It also seems these sorts of players like following crowds. Constantly judging whether or not to place a bet based on line movement isn’t what we do. That is to say, we don’t try to figure out whether or not a line is good based on betting against the public (or with the public for that matter). Instead, we judge beforehand whether or not we expect a sports pick to win. This is what the sharps do. They don’t analyze what the majority of people are betting on. Instead they make solid picks based on research, and watch as the majority of people attempt to decipher whether or not sharps are betting on the line.

If you’ve now determined that you’re a sports picks action player don’t worry. Like we said, we too were once in your position. For now, it’s best to stick with a handicapper that has proven results and try to develop indifference and an instinct for picking winners. Stay with us and we’ll help transform you from a sports picks action player to a sharp (not to mention you’ll make some decent money along the way). If you haven’t already, sign up here for our zen money picks.

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