Sports Betting As an Investment

It sounds nuts, right? I mean, betting on sports as an investment? There’s no way! Sounds like taking hard earned money and throwing it right down the toilet!

I can just hear the reactions and understandably because it does sound a bit off on the face of it. But, there’s another side to consider. In this article I will offer some insight as it relates to sports investing, or sports trading as it’s known, so that you can you can make a well formed decision as to whether it’s right for you.

“The Sport junkie”

Take a look at the recent meltdown in the stock and futures markets lately. We have incredible instability on a daily basis the likes of which have not been seen before in quite some time. You know something’s not right when 200 to 500 point daily swings are the norm. The volatility recently is off the chart and probably not a good place to be unless you really know what you’re doing.

So, with that said, let’s look at the sports market. And before I get too far into this, I’ll say that the only way I’d recommend someone pursue something like this is with a sports investment firm specializing in this sort of thing. Especially if you’ve never bet on a sporting event before. Firms like this make the picks for you so there’s no guesswork.

OK, so the sports market has huge liquidity without the extreme volatility of stock and futures markets, relatively speaking. The sports investment firm can mitigate the risk because of the information network they’ve established with traditional handicappers, keeping tabs on casino moves, syndicate plays, steam plays, as well as the application of computer algorithmic models. Most of the best firms are seriously plugged in to the sports betting world and they have information that the average person will never have. I hate to use the term “inside information” because it sound so cliche, but they have it and it’s this kind of information that many times makes all the difference.

Let me draw a comparison between a stock investment firm and what these guys do. A stock investment firm looks at thousands of companies to determine value against current price. A sports investment firm does the same but typically with only Division 1A college teams and pro teams. Some even specialize further into individual sports as this reduces exposure in keeping up with too many teams. So, their collection of teams is their “sports exchange” and they know these teams better than the teams know themselves. They know what will make a team decrease in value (lose) and can determine when they will rise in value (win).

Interestingly enough, these firms are seeing many more stock day traders and forex traders join their service than ever before. Many have jumped in due to radical nature of the equities markets as mentioned above. The difference for them in day trading sports is they don’t have to make any decision to sell. They simply have to open the trade and wait for the outcome of the game. In the financial markets knowing when to sell is an art in and of itself. Sell too soon and you rob yourself of profit. Sell too late and give all your profit back. In the sports markets all of this stress is alleviated.

When dealing with some of these firms, be prepared for them to interview you as much you interview them. Most are not interested in dealing with “action junkies”, or those who simply bet sports for betting’s sake. These firms are in it long term and expect you to be as well. They want to see you succeed and because most have a monthly, re-occurring billing model, it’s in their best interest to see you do well. For the most part they wish to work with people who enjoy making reasonable profits and are not so concerned in trying to brake Vegas.

I hope this article has opened your eyes a bit and given you some things to think about. In the end, all investing is like betting in a way. Sports investing is a bit unconventional, but can serve as a viable hedge against the stock and futures markets. For some it actually becomes an alternative. For my money it’s best done with a sports investment specialist without question! The link to my website below reviews a few of these services and I encourage you to check them out! Click the ‘Sports Investment/Tip Services’ link from my home page.

Online Sports Betting

Sports betting has always been a popular diversion and today it’s become a way of life for millions of people throughout the world. A contributing factor in today’s explosion of sports betting is attributed to the advent of the Internet. Online sports betting has reshaped the betting landscape in a big way. It’s now more accessible than ever and in a way has brought about transparency to an industry that used to be shrouded in secrecy. Because of this we now have many choices of how and where we place our bets. A huge influx of resources are available to make us more proficient. From sports betting systems, to large repositories of data in the form of sports betting services and online sportsbooks. There are even sports investment firms that can act as a hedge against the stock and futures markets! Some of the aforementioned betting systems and services are reviewed on my site. Click the link below to check them out.

Online sports betting is favored by sports-minded people as well as by people who don’t ordinarily watch sports for entertainment. Many are interested in it simply to make extra money and could care less about who’s playing who. For many it’s the convenience online sports betting offers that makes it hard to stay away from. The local bookies and Las Vegas aren’t the only game in town now, they have a bit of competition in the form of online sportsbooks. Anytime increased competition occurs in a market, good things can happen for consumers in the form of competitive prices for products and services offered. The flip side is also true, where increased competition can bring out the hucksters, but for the most part a free market will police itself. As with anything, you must due diligence when selecting any kind of product or service whether it be online or brick and mortar.

Online sports betting affords you the chance to experience a variety of big time gambling action in the comfort of your own home, 24/7. Gone are the days where the bookie dictated to you the kind of action available! I mean, who would have ever thought that action would be taken on American Idol! It’s a nutty world out there people, but man is it fun!

Now, fun aside for a moment, if you want to be successful at online sports betting you’ll need a plan of attack. This game takes a fair amount of skill and it’s not a get rich quick proposition. If there is no plan you will not win consistently, simple as that. There is a ton of information on the net about how to begin, so much so that it can be overwhelming! If you have the time to sift through it all and devise a betting strategy make sure you test it extensively before you lay any real money down. Now for those who don’t have the time to come up with their own method, there are plenty of sports betting systems available as well. Some good, some not so good, so make sure you find out all you can before you spend the cash. But again, test, test, test before using real dough!

Whatever method you use, you need to have a solid money management plan in place for your online sports betting endeavors to last. This is as important as the system you have for choosing the plays to bet. I have a good article called Sports Betting Basics – Money Management on my site that will get you going in the right direction, but if you end up buying a sports betting system the good ones usually cover this as it relates to the specific system. Discipline is something else you’ll need to be successful. If you spend the time and effort it takes to make the selections as your plan dictates, don’t undermine it with second guessing yourself! Just because you may have seen where an Internet “sports pick guru” chose the team you didn’t, stay true to yourself and your system! Put in the time, be methodical and online sports betting can work for you.

Some parting shots in your online sports betting adventures as it relates to making picks, keep an eye out for personnel adjustments, coaching changes, suspensions, injuries, weather conditions, line moves, and even returning starters that may occur. Don’t be an “action junkie” and bet for betting’s sake. Play the picks your system tells you to play and don’t fall for sucker bets like parlays or teasers. Don’t back away from betting the underdog. These plays can be of great value. Spreads that look too good to be true probably are, so go against the tide and cash in. Most important, start slow and have fun!

Key Things You Need to Know About Extreme Sports

MOST TRAVEL INSURANCE PLANS DO NOT COVER EXTREME SPORTS LEAVING YOU UNPROTECTED!

Many of us enjoy doing sports and the best time to try out something new and exciting or spend time enjoying a favourite sport is during vacation! Travel providers attract with exciting promises: Bungee jumping, rock climbing, scuba diving, sky diving, perfect alpine ski slopes – that all is tons of fun! And potentially a source of future problems. In many of those cases you are not protected through your insurance at all! Let’s dig deeper today into extreme sport insurance!

  1. UNDERSTAND HOW RISKY YOUR FAVOURITE SPORT IS

The variety of sports people engage in today is vast: everything from chess to base jumping is considered “sports”. For many insurers, sports fall into four general risk levels (s. list below). Already, sports from Level 2 are often considered as extreme sports. So if you are a passionate skier in Colorado, British Columbia or the Swiss Alps, an amateur rock climber, or adrenalin junkie enjoying skydiving at least once a month – you should consider looking deeper into extreme sport protection.

Insurance classification of sport risks:

  • Level 1 – Low risk sports: Aerobics, skating, volleyball, water polo, football, cricket, golf, baseball, basketball, tennis, badminton, archery

  • Level 2 – Sports involving more mobility and therefore more risks: Adventure racing, paintball, alpine skiing, canoeing, swimming, rugby, scuba diving, gymnastics, kayaking

  • Level 3 – Sports with elements of violence and action: Wrestling, boxing, hockey, martial arts, motor sports, bungee jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, water rafting, water skiing

  • Level 4 – Most risky sports: Hang gliding, parachuting, paramotoring, skydiving
  1. READ THE FINE PRINT 8 TIMES IF YOU RELY ON STANDARD TRAVEL INSURANCE

Sports-related injuries during vacations can be sometimes covered under Travel Medical insurance policy but more often they are not. So if you want to rely solely on your existing policy, be sure that you read carefully all the conditions or consult the insurance hotline. Often insurance companies offer additional protection for accidents associated with extreme sports. Remember consequences of sport injuries can add up to dozens of thousands dollars while you are treated abroad.

  1. BE CLEAR ON HOW “PROFESSIONAL” IS YOUR SPORT ENGAGEMENT

There are also different ways you can engage in sports. And though your insurance might be still covering leisure skiing in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, it will very likely not pay for any medical expenses associated with injuries from Thai boxing fights in Thailand or professional rock climbing competitions in the Rockies. Here the basic rule should be: if you do anything, not for leisure only, but it has any hint of professional activity / competition, get a separate extreme sport protection.

  1. ARE YOU AN “EXCLUSION” CASE? BE CAREFUL!

Even if you think you will be fine after getting an extreme sport insurance, have a more detailed look at conditions – typical exclusions in extreme sports insurance policies are: Those above a certain age are NOT covered (age limit varies) Pre-existing medical conditions Injury resulting from drug abuse during sporting activity Performing sports in unauthorized areas for particular activity Think about that while enjoying your extreme sport – ski race competition outside of the authorized slope might result in unpaid bills rejected by your insurer…

  1. DEDICATED EXTREME SPORT INSURANCE EXISTS!

There is proper protection for all extreme sport enthusiasts out there! Often you can get an additional piece of protection, so-called rider on your policy that covers your “dangerous” hobby sports. Such insurance can cost you less than $100 for a month but save a lot of headaches in future. Anyway, the objective of this article is not to force you to stay at home but make clear to you what protection you might need to enjoy your favourite sports while covering all your bases!

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Throttle Junkies Anonymous

The triumph speed four is one of the most unique motorcycles on the road today. Its exposed motor and stripped down plastic just adds to its distinctive look. The color choices are amazing, from the simple black and silver to the exciting orange or exotic green. The extras for this bike are limitless. It simply has it all and then some! With a top speed of over a hundred and fifty thrilling miles per hour, and the braking power to basically stop on a dime. The speed four’s amazing stopping distance of 18 ft at an average speed of seventy miles per hour is mind blowing, and well Deserved to say the least with all that low end torque. Add a power commander and an acoprovic exhaust system your talking an extra 26 horse power, then this bike becomes golden. A real thrill rider! This bike is not for the timid. It s capably of high speeds and fuel economy to last you over 200 miles per tank are just some of the benefits of owning this motorcycle. The speed fours handling is effortless one of the best bikes I’ve ever had the pleasure of riding, just a moderate lean and your shifting lanes. The feel of this bike is amazing in every way, something you just won’t find in any in any other sport bike. You can hardly explain it. It screams freedom, power and the ability to own the road. The triumph speed four is the true riding experience. If you would like additional information about the triumph speed four, or other triumphs please the below link.

Here I will cover the protection of the hands, Alpinestars is known for the leader of innovative ideas that are both fashionable as well as the safest product line in motorcycle racing gear. As much of all of Alpinestars’ differentiated products there are many different levels of protection for every application (racing to the everyday rider). There is no difference when it comes to protecting the hands, full race gloves tend to extend further up the forearm to overlap the coat or suit of the rider to protect the wrists from road rash, while the scaled down models are lower cut and more comfortable for everyday use. The gloves that Alpinestars have to offer include hard A.B.S. plastic or carbon fiber knuckle guards as well as a very thick layer of leather on the palms of the hands to protect from abrasion of pavement in the instance of a fall. Alpinestars gloves come in many different models that have a wide rang of applications as well as a wide range of prices. Alpinestars race ready gloves are the most expensive but provide the most protection in the event of a fall that vary between $90.00 to $200.00+ but you get what you pay for when purchasing riding protection. Above I have posted a picture of a pair of full race gloves as well as a picture of a model that is more comfortable for the everyday rider.

We will start with the full leather race suits and break into the different means of body protection. The full leather race suits that are offered from Aplinestars are offered in a couple different forms. One form is the full one piece suit that incorporates thick protective leather as well as heavy plastic or Kevlar inserts within the suit. The heavy plastic/ Kevlar is used in places where in the instance of a crash is more valuable of injury. Some of these places include the lower arms (wrist to the elbow), the back (to prevent hyper-extension), the shoulders (to prevent dislocation), and the knees. The inserts are also used in these particular places due to the abrasion resistance as well as impact protection. The second form of the race suit includes a two piece suit that can be detached. The heavy leather pants (sold separately) have the ability to connect to a coat (sold separately). the pants as well as the coat are just as good as the whole suit when combined, but this is usually only used when going to the track. Usually just the coat is worn by street riders. People that do street riding as well as track riding have the ability to ware the coat for everyday riding and when getting to the track being able to create a full suit. Below I have posted a picture of a one piece full race suit as well as the 2 piece that can be broken down for street riding.

The GSX-R 1000 is one of fastest production bikes on the road. Being street legal, it is only three seconds slower than a modified race bike made for professional racing on the track. Being only 81.5 inches long and 28.1 inches wide, it is also one of the most nimble bikes on the streets. The bike only weighs about three hundred and seventy pounds which makes it easy for even the inexperienced rider to operate. The motorcycle is equipped with a six speed transmission when in actuality you only need maybe a four speed because the power that this bike has is phenomenal. It seems like there is no end to the power and speed that it has. With one twist of the throttle, the front tire leaves from the ground sending you for a ride of your life. By the time you shift into second gear, you are already traveling over one hundred miles per hour. It is better than riding a roller coaster any day of the week and the best thing is, you are in total control. From my own experience, I wouldn’t recommend learning how to ride on this bike because you can get hurt. If you hit the gas too hard, the bike will flip and you will end up on your back. The only downside to the bike is that after riding for a couple of hours, the riders wrists will begin to hurt due to the racing position that you are in while riding. If you are not lying on the gas tank, you have to support your upper body with your arms which get tiring and sore after awhile. Overall the GSX-R 1000 is a magnificent bike and I would recommend everyone to at least ride one if possible.

One of the best aftermarket accessories to purchase for a motorcycle is a Power Commander made by DynaJet. This small device which can be mounted anywhere on a bike will enhance any bikes performance by ten percent. All the device does is regulates how much fuel and air to mix and different rpm’s. By doing so, you can maximize the output of the motorcycle. To properly adjust or tune a motorcycle with a Power Commander, you need to put the bike on a dyno to see exactly where your bike needs adjustment because every bike is different. There are preset settings that you can download off of a disk that is provided to make it easier for beginners to use. Also, you can program your bike anywhere by using only a laptop. The quick connect USB port on the device makes it a whole lot easier to change settings while at the track or on the go. They are usually only sold for sport bikes but in the last few years, some people have been installing them on Harley Davidson’s to maximize their power. The difference is so noticeable that you would wonder why this device was not installed at the factory. In future years to come, some people believe that the Power Commander will come stock on every production bike and I personally think they will too. When I put mine on my bike and went around the block, I almost felt like I was riding another bike because it makes that big of a difference.

One name comes to mind when speaking of top of the line exhaust systems; Akaprovic. Although Akaprovic is one of the most expensive exhaust systems on the market for superbike applications, it is well worth the price when experiencing the superb sound as well as experience the increase of horsepower from a blot on part. Bolt on parts are some of the easiest parts to modify a bike for better performance, these modifications can be done at home by anyone with some mechanical know how. Akaprovic has many different variations of each different model they have to offer to insure that there will be an aftermarket exhaust system to fit your make and model of motorcycle. Akaprovic not only has a full exhaust system to offer but also offers slip on exhaust systems that are much easier to install, but to not offer the same amount of horsepower. A slip on exhaust system uses the stock exhaust headers and bolts on half way to the end of the bike. Due to the fact that the whole exhaust system not being replaces there is more restriction in the stock parts which will not add to the horsepower. This is why stock headers are usually replaced when placing an aftermarket exhaust system. Replacing the whole exhaust system can increase the horsepower of a stock superbike by 10 horsepower alone. A full exhaust system added in combination with a power commander and air intake system (all things that can be done at home) can add up to 20 horsepower.