There is a lot of odd vocabulary and strange lingo in the world of sports betting. The wagers have funny names like teasers, pleasers, and parlays. The process has business-like terms like sharp money, hedges, and units won.
There’s covering, laying points, pushing, what’s the over/under, and on and on. However, the two terms most important to your standing in the sports gambling world are “sharp” and “square,” and we’re here to tell you the difference between the two.
Square Equals Amateur
A square bettor is a novice bettor. It can also mean much more than just new and inexperienced, though. Basically, square means bad. A square sports gambler is a bad sports gambler.
It may be tough to hear, but some gamblers start bad, stay bad, and continue to be bad for years and years. They just keep going with all the same bad ideas and bad habits, costing themselves a lot of money along the way.
They’ll pick up a few wins here and a few dollars there, but, at the end of the day, they’ll just give it all back and then some.
There is a skill set one must have to move on from being a square bettor to being a sharp, and it is a tough one to master.
Sharp Equals Professional
A sharp wager, the sharp money, following the sharps. These are phrases you’ll hear constantly in the sports gambling world, and they are the ones you want to pay attention to.
Where a square gambler is a bad one, a sharp gambler is a good one. These are the professionals, and they are the ones making money wagering on sports. This, obviously, is where we all want to be, but it takes a lot more than just picking winners to become a sharp.
Mistakes Squares Make and Sharps Don’t
The difference between a square and a sharp all comes down to their habits. Sharp bettors research every wager they make. Squares do not.
Sharp bettors manage their bankroll properly, never chase, and stay consistent with their wager amounts. Squares would never do any of this and couldn’t tell you if they were.
A sharp bettor knows how to read odds to find good value. Squares will bet on anything. At the end of the day, it’s really about discipline. Sharps have it, and squares do not.
You Have To Start Somewhere
As with any endeavor, you have to start somewhere, and, unfortunately, the vast majority of us start our sports gambling career as squares. We bet too much when we shouldn’t and too little when we should.
We don’t do our research, and then we chase our losses. All the rookie mistakes bad gamblers make, you are probably going to make at some point or another.
However, this doesn’t have to be a totally bad experience if we are able to learn from these mistakes, because everyone has to start somewhere, and no sharp started that way. They were squares once too.