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Best Sports Betting Books to Read During a Pandemic (and post-COVID)

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During the beginning of COVID-19, there was a great chance that you were stuck at home during the quarantine, and bored without live sports on TV. Even worse, sportsbooks weren’t offering any betting because there aren’t any sports taking place.

It was the perfect time to catch up on some reading and become a better sports bettor. Several books talk about sports betting, but these four books below will help you become a winner – even now that sports are back and we no longer need to isolate at home in our PJs.

Pick up a copy of these books, find some time to read them, and you’ll be ready to bet on sports in no time.

Sharp Sports Betting

Sharp sports betting

Sharp Sports Betting was originally written by Stanford Wong in 2001, but there have been minor updates released in 2009 and 2011. Even though this book is close to 20 years old, it is still extremely relevant in the sports betting world today.

Wong got his start playing blackjack and has a background in probability and statistics. He was able to take these characteristics and become an extremely successful sports bettor.

This book goes over all of the different sports betting options that are available today and gives a breakdown of how to make the right picks. Wong also talks about “betting trends,” and his belief that they don’t exist.

If you were to pick just one sports betting book to read, then this would be that book.

The Signal and the Noise

Author Nate Silver is also the man behind the popular website blog, FiveThirtyEight. Silver explores probability and risk in great detail in this book, and many principles can be tied to what takes place in sports betting.

Some of the text in this book can get overwhelming and confusing at certain points, but Silver does a great job of using real-world examples to get the point across. This book deals with many other issues outside of sports betting, but the concepts remain the same.

Fixed-Odds Sports Betting

Written by Joseph Buchdahl, this book is great for serious sports bettors. Buchdahl does not waste any time going over the ins and outs of sports betting but gets right down to the science behind fixed-odds sports betting.

Buchdahl breaks down each sport individually and discusses the best proper betting strategies to use. This book also points out that to be successful, a bettor has to be able to get through the bad days.
If you are looking for a detailed approach to a specific sport, then this book is for you.

The Logic of Sports Betting

The Logic of Sports Betting was written by Matthew Davidow and Ed Miller, and it takes a more humorous approach to explain sports betting. Davido and Miller give readers an inside look into sportsbooks and how they operate as well.

The Logic of Sports Betting tackles some of the most frequently asked questions posed by bettors and provides readers with an answer and some comedic relief. You won’t get a ton of statistical data with this book, but it’s an easy read.

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