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How to bet and win
, by Brian Swaleh

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Gambling or betting, as Kenyans like to call it, is a risk ridden way to make money. But when done with discretion and sense, it should be an exciting venture, especially for sport lovers.

Here are a few simple key pointers for rookie gamblers.

1. Know your sport inside out

It's not just about which football team has won their last six games but how well they have really played offensively and defensively. Were they good at keeping possession or were they lucky?

2. The favourite doesn't always win

So, Barcelona is playing PSG? And they are down 4-0? It is not obvious that PSG will walk away with this one. Tables can turn and Barcelona might leave the game 6-1 up. See what I mean? The favourite does not always win. This seems obvious to point out but it is difficult to ignore what the bookies are saying.

3. Don't just stick to one bookmaker – shop around

There is a big emphasis on brand loyalty in the betting business. Don't let them make you think you shouldn't shop around. Check the offers available for specific bets.

4.  If you're betting to make money think small, not big

The fewer selections you include in your bet, the more chance you stand of winning. If you're betting to make money think small, not big. One team or selection is enough. Three or four maximum. If you  find yourself with 20 selections at a go, you are not alaright.

5. Don't bet with your heart

You might really want your team to win. You want it so badly you even start to convince yourself it's possible. Before you know it, you believe it so much that you've put your money on it. You do this and you will lose multiple times.

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