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Meet the Jersey Girl Who Now Bets Like A Girl in Vegas

It's a new year, and some resolutions usually come with the beginning of a new year. I read somewhere that losing weight is among the most common resolutions, but I have something different planned. I want to write more and would also like to learn more about placing strategic sports bets. Why not write about sports betting? So, this is the beginning of my journey into sports betting. 

I want to share a bit about myself. I grew up in New Jersey and now live in Southern Nevada, just a few miles from The Strip. I moved here in 2017 after my son went off college, and Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to our town. Before the hurricane, I had planned to earn my doctorate in public policy administration and law. However, after moving here, I became entrenched in the phenomenon of sports betting when I started listening to my brother's sports talk radio show. His show aired on a local AM station in Vegas, and he had (and still has) a very loyal following. My fascination started when I started helping my brother with social media for his show, Twitter, now known as X. I would listen to my brother's show, which was all about the odds. I would tweet out to anyone listening or watching the Twitter feed. Sports betting was legal in Nevada but not in Jersey. A lot has changed since then, and I believe NJ has since surpassed Nevada and has grown to be one of the largest sports betting states. 

Are people making money with all of the bets? How does one place a bet, and what should a novice bettor do? Is it better to follow trends, invest in sports betting magazines like Marc Lawrence's Playbook, and learn how to keep your heart out of placing an emotional bet? Should you buy picks? And what does it mean when I say I tend to bet like a girl? 

The first person I went to when I wanted answers was my brother, Ken Thomson. As I shared, he has hosted a sports betting show for years. It may come as a surprise to learn the number one tip he gave me is to have a bankroll. Set up a bankroll and never miss more than you can afford to lose. He also said college football teasers are less profitable than NFL teasers. You're not alone if you don't know what a "teaser" is. Many people need to learn all the ins and outs of sports betting, and educating yourself before you go all in is a good idea. Something important to remember is that many people will boast about their wins but don't necessarily share about the losses. So again, be careful and get smart. If you're going to bet on sports, get educated. I will do that this year and share as I learn.

I invite you to share your tips, as well. 

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