Betting truly is appealing, and let’s not argue – it can have its positive effects on people. It may sound as a bit of a stretch but some find themselves to be thinking more analytically, performing better under pressure and being braver in their everyday lives. However, it’s time we discussed the negatives this favoured pastime bears.

Number one in our list is the financial strain this can pull on one’s budget. Betting on sports looks and is easy, but being good at it takes skill and knowledge. Those who occasionally try out their luck, or those daily bettors who never took the time to educate themselves on the different aspects of betting they should be aware of usually lose, rather than win money. While it’s never pleasant to waste cash and get nothing in return, it certainly is worse when not only you rely on this money.

Here comes our next point, which is the strain this can pull on your family and relationships. It’s no secret that gambling is looked down upon. More often than not it’s perceived as a vice and as something people need to let go of. No matter the reasoning, rarely people are supportive of such a habit. This is especially valid when it directly affects them in one way or another. If the family budget goes down the drain, it won’t end up well for sure. Bettors often feel like they should keep their sports betting activities secret, because they don’t want to step up into confrontation with their loved ones.

We want to finish on a positive note, though. Remember that it’s not wrong, nor it indicates weakness in character to bet. It can be relaxing, it may win you some extra cash and generally – there’s no harm in trying. The only thing you should look out for is to not let it take over your everyday life. If you notice, it’s having more of a damaging, than a beneficial effect on you, reconsider your actions and stop doing it. It’s never too late to take control over your life.

There’s different speculations about how this oh so favourite pastime for many appeared and when exactly. Traces can be followed as back as to Roman times, where it was forbidden to gamble, but knowing human nature it’s not too difficult to imagine that many closed their eyes to this rule. It’s actually known that Emperor Augustus himself was fond of the games of chance.

Perhaps we can only guess when all of this came to be. Was it brought with the start of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece? This sure sounds plausible, doesn’t it? We know that law appeared simultaneously with the foundation of the first countries, so it makes sense that these two would be connected, too.

However, the meaning and form of sports betting that we know today developed much later than that. Many point the event of pedestrianism that took place in 19 century England as the root of modern betting. This so-called sport quickly appealed to gamblers and the rest is history. This practice had its opponents, of course, just as it does today – an actual association (Amateur Athletic Association) was created to ward off its corruption.

This European event soon spread to the United States. Its decline was expected, and the fact that it was replaced came as a surprise to no one. Bettors turned to the new and exciting sport of baseball. It kept its high ground until the 1920s when other sports came to the attention of the public. This period is often referred to as the Golden age of sports.

It goes without saying that unlawful practices have been transforming the image of sports betting since forever. However, counteractions have been implemented, too. Those found guilty of corrupting betting are being punished for their deeds.

Today, sports betting takes a very substantial place in the world of gambling and it will surely do so for many years ahead!

In the last couple of years online betting has become the go-to option for bettors – it’s easily accessible and convenient. You can even follow all matches live on sites like However, we should not forget that placing bets at your local sportsbook has its upsides. Today we’ll remind you of the reasons why you should pay you favourite bookmaker a visit.

Personal contact, friendships, even acquaintances will always be a plus in your life. Networking is something you should always build on, and that goes for betting, too. Knowing your bookmaker for a while will result in him having favourable attitude towards you. You can take advantage of the totals for example – if the bookie needs more bets on the under for example, you can negotiate going around the 11-to-10 rule so that you can bet whatever amount you want.

Another benefit of your local bookmaker knowing you well enough is him giving you better odds. Sooner or later, he’ll remember your point spreads all too well. In this day and age of digitalization, bookmakers fight for every single customer they can get. Therefore, it will be of mutual interest that he presents you numbers that you’ll like better than those online.

Of course, the scale of the bookie’s generosity differs – on his general character, whether his business is successful or not, on the time you two have known each other. The longer you’ve used his services, the more benevolent he’ll be.

Naturally, some people are sceptical when it comes to relying on someone with their money – they fear they’ll be lied to or straight up mugged. That’s why you should make sure you’re dealing with a trusted bookie. If you have done so, but are still a little anxious simply ask them to repeat your bets after you’re done to feel more secure.

Hopefully you’ll consider all of this and try out going back to the roots of sports betting – even for a little while.