If you want to be a successful gambler, then isn’t it time you started acting like one?
Betting Gods give advice for happy punting
I’ve been around gamblers all my life in one capacity or another and, in my experiences as a punter, working for a bookmaker, as a writer, and as a tipster – I’ve come to realise that all the successful punters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting have had 4 traits in common.
1 POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
You can usually spot a successful punter a mile off by his positive mental attitude. He’s the one that, moments after hearing the announcement that his horse has just lost in a photo finish, has already put the result out of his mind rather than bemoaning his luck. That’s because he’s sure his betting methods are sound, and that he would have placed the same bet every day of the week regardless of the result. He’s the one that knows that losses are part and parcel of the life of a successful gambler – and he accepts triumph and disaster as the flip side of the coin called luck that sometimes falls in your favour, and sometimes doesn’t.
You’ll also never hear the successful punter moan about horseracing being fixed, but you will hear him wax lyrical about how he thinks horses have been plotted-up for certain races. That’s because he accepts that few horses can win every race they run in; therefore trainers have to plot horses at certain races – and he enjoys the challenge of spotting those plots.
2 BE MORE LIKE STEPHEN KIPROTICH THAN USAIN BOLT
Ask most men if they’d rather be the men’s 100 metre Olympic champion or the men’s Marathon Olympic champion, and most will say they’d rather be Usain Bolt than Stephen Kiprotich. However, you need to have the stamina and mindset of a marathon runner rather than a sprinter if you’re going to be a successful punter.
Sprinters aren’t thinkers, they just react to the starting gun and run as fast as they can for no time at all. Sure, if 8 people lumped their life savings on a different horse in an 8-runner race, someone would be a winner – but there would also be 7 very miserable people at the end of it.
Marathon runners understand the need to condition their bodies and minds to make sure they can keep going even when the going gets tough, and a long run of losers can be very much like hitting the wall in a marathon. However, successful punters, just like marathon runners, know they have the ability to hit the wall and come out of the other side smiling.
3 THEY’RE ORGANISED
Successful punters don’t leave much to chance, and most of them are scanning declarations as soon as they become available, pouring over the formbook, making their selections, and checking the markets for value at the earliest possible opportunity. They’ll even check the weather to make sure that the ground should be in their favour – and still manage to keep that positive mental attitude when those overpaid weathermen get it wrong!
4 THEY’RE DISCIPLINED
If you think the life of a successful punter revolves around lying in bed all morning and then just watching the racing in the afternoon – think again. Many professional punters are late to bed and early to rise, narrowing down their list of potential bets to must-bets. Then, even if they’ve lost, they’re disciplined enough to walk away without having another bet that day. That’s because they know their race is far from run – and there will be better opportunities to win further down the road.
Usain Bolt wins Rio 100m