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Are you a serious or casual bettor?

There are countless people all across the globe who participate in sports betting. Many of these people do so for fun – it can add an element of entertainment to the process of following your favourite team, and it can also be an enjoyable activity to share among a group of friends. Others participate in sports betting because they want to earn a living from the endeavour; these people dedicate a large chunk of their time to research as they search for exploitable edges and keep up to date with important factors such as form and injuries.

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The relationship between sports betting and economic bubbles

Irrationality in the market tends to benefit a small pool of investors, as seen in subprime mortgage bubbles. Believe it or not, there are similarities between this and the world of sports betting, where the prevention of information signalling can also cause market inefficiency.

When an asset is overvalued – that is, a higher value is attached to it than it is actually worth – the result is a bubble. In sports betting, a value bet is defined as one in which the probability of an outcome occurring is more likely than what the odds on it happening infer.

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Does the hot-hand phenomenon exist in sports betting!

“Hot hand” is a word which comes from basketball. It refers to a player who is in good form, who is said to have hot hands. According to perceived wisdom, this player is more likely to be successful with a shot if his previous attempts were successful.

What does this have to do with sports betting, we hear you cry? Well, quite a lot, actually: there is a belief among some that a bettor who has been successful previously has a better chance of replicating that success in the future.

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