Bad runs in sports betting are almost inevitable. Even the most skilled bettors will experience a period where nothing seems to be going right for them. Everything they bet on seems to lose, whether it’s because of a last minute equaliser, or the jockey putting in a poor performance, you just cannot win a thing. How you handle these bad runs is what sets the best apart from everyone else.

If you haven’t had a bad run yet, say you’re reasonably new to the betting world. My best bit of advice is to read this and be prepared. Unfortunately it is inevitable that one will be coming your way. Since running this page I’ve seen it destroy tipsters and their credibility. Mainly because they went about combatting it completely wrong. Hopefully this should prevent it happening to you.

First things first, make sure you are only betting with money that you can afford to lose. This is one of the golden rules of betting and makes it much easier to take a bad run. As long as you aren’t dipping into the savings or using the electricity bill money, you won’t feel the pain quite as much and it will make it much easier to keep your head straight.

Keep Your Discipline

A crucial step you need to take is to not lose discipline. By this I mean not increasing your stakes to chase your losses. This will only end badly. There may be a couple of times where chasing digs you out of a hole and brings you back into profit, but in the long run it will be disastrous for your bankroll. Most people who have been in the game long enough will think this is a bit obvious, but when you have lost 10 bets in a row it can be very tempting to triple your stake on the 11th. Whatever you do, never let this happen.

Take a Step Back

Make sure you are looking at the bigger picture. Yes you might have had a bad week or two, but in the grand scheme of things, this is quite insignificant. Betting is one big session, although you can split it up into days and weeks, the main thing is that you are making sound decisions and are remaining disciplined. This is exactly why keeping a spreadsheet of results is crucial. It allows you firstly to take a step back and see how you are doing overall and secondly you can also use it to analyse your bets and see where you are going wrong. Sometimes you might not be going wrong at all, it might just be the case that luck is not on your side.

Keep on Working Hard

Try not to let a bad run destroy your work ethic. It can be completely demoralising to spend a load of hours doing hard research to still end the day a few hundred quid down, but unfortunately, this is part of betting that has to be accepted. Things will only get worse if you reduce the hours behind the computer number crunching. Any experienced bettor will have experienced this and the frustration that comes with it. It’s not the greatest feeling in the world, but that’s betting for you.

Final Thoughts

Lastly, it’s important not to forget that you can always take a break. Don’t let betting take over your life, if it is seriously stressing you out and affecting your social life, have a couple of weeks off. It could do you a world of good. If you don’t think you can resist the temptation, maybe consider using the bookmaker’s cooling off options. These suspend your betting account for a certain period of time, meaning you have no access and cannot place a bet with them. If you decide to do this make sure you do it with every account you have, otherwise the temptation might be too much. If you feel like it is becoming a problem, there is plenty of help out there. We’re always available for a chat and so are many different organisations dedicated to this cause.

One way or another I hope this has helped you understand how to deal with losing runs in sports betting. As always, if you have any questions feel free to drop us a message.

All the best,

Chris