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The Truth About Winning In Sport Betting | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

26th December, 18:33

The number of Nigerian punters is growing by the day. The famous sportsbook Bet9ja is one of the country's most visited website, particularly because of its variety of mobile options. As such, it is only natural that Nigerians that indulge in sports betting do it in the attempt of making money.

While winning is indeed possible, it is not for everybody. Especially not for those who rely purely on luck in order to achieve this. On an important side note, there's a serious problem that stems from the popularity of sportsbooks like Bet9ja, and that is obviously the possibility of players developing a hazardous unhealthy betting habit.

Responsible gambling policies are enforced by the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers. The list of betting sites that have partnered with this association includes national sportsbooks like the aforementioned Bet9ja, Nairabet, Merrybet, Surebet247 but also some internationally recognized brands which also operate in Nigeria like 1xBet and Betway.

The full list of betting sites available in Nigeria is larger - and growing. However, not all of them adhere to policies that envision the safety of gamblers.

So if you are interested in participating or have already placed a bet what are some reasonable expectations when it comes to winning money on betting?

First things first, as we have already described, it can be hard - even more for beginners - to earn money from this activity. Betting sites are very good at establishing odds that guarantee that they can make a profit no matter what happens in a given game. This makes total sense otherwise they would be out of business in their first few months.

Beating the odds involves a lot more than simply going to a sportsbook on your mobile phone or desktop computer and simply choosing the team you think is stronger. If you find yourself betting often, the best thing you can do is bet conservatively. This means keeping a cool head and not gambling away all your bankroll in hopes of making a quick buck.

Emotional intelligence plays a key role here and like everything in life you must practice to get good at it. Don't expect to become a millionaire overnight with sports betting. The key is to try to win consistently over a long period of time.

Above all, if you find yourself returning to your favorite betting app or website too recurrently, and betting with money that should not be used for that purpose, consider closing your account and trying to get away from it all for a while.

Some of the best sportsbooks operating in Nigeria also have a self-exclusion option which makes it possible for you to bar yourself from ever creating an account again on that betting site.