Picking a Sports Handicapper

Written by superuser | January 4, 2022

Picking a Sports Handicapper


We’re here for anyone that is picking a sports handicapper.

Key Points

  • Finding a sports handicapper can help a bettor increase his winning percentage and his bankroll.
  • There are a number of things to look for – experience, reputation, and more – when searching for a sports handicapper.


There are a number of reasons why a sports bettor will choose a sports handicapper, but the bottom line is that bettors want to win more.

To win more bets, they often enlist the help of those who spend their days poring over research to make betting decisions. Yes, the sports handicapper saves the bettor a lot of time by doing the work to arrive at a sound betting decision.

Ultimately, if it’s worth the investment, the right handicapper is a great addition. The issue, of course, is picking the right sports handicapper.

Look for Experience

When you’re building a house, you probably don’t want the apprentice electrician wiring your home. You want the guy that has been in business for 20 or 30 years, a guy with plenty of experience.

It’s no different in the world of sports betting. When looking for a handicapper, choose someone with verified experience in the business. In a competitive industry, there are enough good ones out. Do your research and find one that’s been doing it for a while.

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Reputation & Success

As in other businesses, you will find those who have less than stellar reputations for any number of reasons. There are too many sports handicappers that hang out their shingle and don’t provide much in the form of service. Word gets around.

Search for sports handicappers that have solid reputations. Look for those who are transparent and will show you records of their success. If a record looks too good to be true, something probably isn’t right.

Betting point spreads at standard odds (-110), you need to win just over 52 percent of the time to break even. If a handicapper is hitting 55 to 60 percent over the course of his career, that’s outstanding.

This is a results-driven industry. If a handicapper doesn’t like to share his records for any reason, that should be a red flag. Ultimately, you will be investing in a capper’s service. If you don’t know what he can do, how can you hire him?

Meet Your Needs

As a bettor, you may prefer to focus on only NFL betting. Or maybe you have a niche and bet on NHL hockey or some other sport. It would be in your best interest to find a handicapper that does the same.

If you’re an NFL bettor, find a capper who focuses on the NFL. Handicapping is like any other industry. There will be specialists. Many cappers will offer services on several sports, but many will focus on one particular sport.

If you want to bet on multiple sports, it’s okay to have more than one handicapper or handicapping service. One focuses on football and the other on basketball. The bottom line is simply hire handicappers that meet your needs.


It is absolutely imperative that hiring a handicapper fits into the budget and makes sense. If you bet $5 or $10 here and there on games, you aren’t going to spend $100 or more on a handicapper. It just wouldn’t make financial sense.

Make sure you understand how a handicapper’s prices work. Is there a subscription fee, for example? In the end, your rate of return needs to account for the services of a handicapper. If you can’t make a profit using a handicapper, it doesn’t make sense to invest in one.

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