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Sports Betting: Consistency and Recognizing Patterns

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

  • Betting consistently allows you to recognize patterns

  • You can use these patterns to determine how to improve

  • Betting consistent wager sizes and leagues



Would you go to the local gym to shoot hoops a couple of times, and when you weren't happy with your results, quit and find a different sport to play? Probably not - you'd keep going back to the gym to practice and improve your game.


Betting on sports works the same way. Consistency is the name of the game when you are looking to improve as a sports bettor over the long term.


Consistency is the name of the game when you are looking to improve as a sports bettor over the long term.

Why is staying consistent as a sports bettor important, and how you can use it to your advantage? Let's find out!




Tip #1 - Why consistent sports betting is key 🔑


Every sharp and pro sports bettor has gotten to where they are today by betting consistent wager sizes, leagues, and strategies. By staying consistent, they begin to recognize patterns in their results. They begin recognizing small mistakes that they made in their analysis, where they should have held off on placing a bet, or where they should have doubled down.


Let's use the analogy of shooting hoops again.


Say you shoot 10 free throws in a row and make 3/10. To the untrained eye, this is pretty terrible! But the skilled player will start to recognize patterns. Maybe they notice that each time they missed, they hit the front-left edge of the rim. Or maybe they notice they had their back foot in the wrong spot or weren't tucking their elbow properly.


Now, when they shoot the next 10 free throws, they'll be able to fix those minor details, and likely hit more shots!




Tip #2 - Consistent wager size 💰


This is one of the more challenging tips that many bettors struggle with. Having a consistent wager size, or unit, is vital for being able to recognize patterns and improve as a bettor.


Rotowire states that "A unit in sports betting is a measurement of the size of a given bet. It's mainly used because everyone's bankroll is different and a unit refers to the percentage of a bankroll."


Depending on your bankroll size and how much you are willing to wager each bet, a unit is generally between 1%-2.5% of your bankroll. Occasionally you'll see bettors wager up to 5% (we don't recommend any higher than this), but the important piece here is to stay consistent.


Depending on your bankroll size and how much you are willing to wager each bet, a unit is generally between 1%-2.5% of your bankroll.

Going back to the basketball analogy (because who doesn't love analogies)!


Imagine that each time you line up for your free throw, you shoot with a little more force or a little less force than the last throw. You'll find yourself hitting the back or front of the rim at times and missing. Sure, this isn't a perfect analogy because betting more or less doesn't necessarily mean you'll win or lose your bet, but it goes to show that betting consistent amounts allows you to recognize patterns and improve.


You can view each of your sportsbook bankrolls, and even all your bankrolls combined on the Vault sports bet tracking app! This is a great way to determine how much to wager!

The iOS app Vault sports bet tracking app


Tip #3 - Consistent leagues 🏀


You probably notice that most pro sports bettors have found their niche whether is betting on horses, NFL, or MLB props. Rarely will you find a bettor or handicapper who can seamlessly bet on a multitude of sports and be great at it. Finding a strategy is hard enough for one sport, now try doing it for four or five. Now factor in how many variables change each season and how often your strategy needs to be tweaked!


The simple solution is to stick with the leagues you are most profitable in, and where you have the best closing line value (CLV). Drop leagues that you find are your weakness, and focus your time on improving your strengths even further!




Consistent sports betting is a win


By now you realize the importance of finding a consistent strategy. This can be done by betting consistent wager sizes and leagues and recognizing patterns.


However, if you use more than one sportsbook, tracking your bets to recognize these patterns can be a nightmare. Usually, it involves manually tracking your bets on a sports betting spreadsheet or separate app. That's why we created Vault - it's an app that syncs with all your sportsbooks and automatically tracks your action in one place!


Download Vault now!


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