Gambling has been going on since the beginning of sentient beings. There has always been something to bet on, whether it be the weather, the trail your prey is going to take, or how it is going to take until Billy passes out drunk.
The modern age has streamlined the gambling industry to make it easy to gamble on things happening on the other side of the planet.
One of the biggest gambling industries is horse racing. Horse racing isn’t as easy as Two Up, as there are a lot more variables. The age of the horse, the season, the racing grounds, and even just how the horse is feeling on that day.
This is why it is so important to research before you bet. Get to know the horses and what tracks they run the best on. Get to know the jockeys and the trainers, as they might race harder in their home towns.
A helpful book to get you started on your betting career is Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies. Yes, one of those books. This book will give you some great advice on what to pay attention, the different types of bets, how to place a bet, and your odds of winning.
But it tells what to do, not what you need to know. For that you will need the few items below.
Racetrack program: This will give you all the information you need on what horse is racing, the jockeys, and the trainer. Once you get to know the horses and jockeys, this information sheet will be your main tool.
The Daily Racing From: This will give you info on how the horses performed in their last race. You can use this to work out the statistical odds of your horse. Collect this information and you will soon learn who a winner is.
Remember, gambling is about weighing the odds. Yes it is often down to luck, but gambling is still a science, and if you know the variables and how to read them, you can give yourself better odds of winning. One of the best gamblers is the one who knows when to gamble, and when to stop.
“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done”
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers