The World Series is fast approaching, and there’s electricity in the air as fans look forward to seeing the two best teams in Major League Baseball slug it out for a place in the sport’s history books. Which team will go all the way, blazing a trail of glory to the title and join that exclusive winners’ club?
Past winners of the title read like a who’s who of the sport,t but there have been many more legendary players who haven’t witnessed the highs of being crowned champion. MLB history is crammed with hard-luck stories and near misses which sharpens the players’ concentration at this late stage of play. Do they want to be just another of the nearly men, or do they want to be champions?
The World Series will be followed by thousands of supporters inside the stadium and millions more watching the live action on TV. It attracts millions of dollars in wagers, with armchair fans making their predictions and attempting to profit from the play. They check the best odds to win the World Series then get their cash down.
There are many ways to place bets on the event, including in Vegas, at land-based bookies around the country, using websites or on your smartphone device. Which is the best and which is the one you should use to improve your enjoyment and increase the chances of landing a profit?
This article places the two most popular betting methods on a collision course. We want to get the answer to the question that continues to split opinion in the industry. What’s better, desktop betting or smartphone betting? Let’s find out.
Bet from the comfort of your own home
Betting on your desktop computer was a major shift in the gambling industry and will go down in history. It changed the game forever. No longer were you required to travel to the nearest licensed land-based betting office, which could be miles away, you could now bet on sports like baseball from the comfort of your own home. If you have a desktop computer and ID there was nothing stopping you from creating an account. Bet when you want and on what you want.
The convenience of gambling on a PC meant millions more people were able to enjoy the thrill of betting on sports. It allowed experienced bettors to gamble more frequently and it also meant those who were uneasy about entering a betting office or casino could gamble online in private. This was a big deal for many women at the time as betting offices were very much a traditional male environment. That has all changed, of course, but online gambling helped usher through that change.
The main negatives of betting at home was the more you were at home, the more you could bet and that led to people placing a higher number of wagers than they would if they had to travel to a betting office. There was also no cash handling which made it more difficult to keep up with your spend. The magic of landing a winner and being paid in paper money was lost too. If you were at work, travelling or on the move an online bet was out of the question. You were tethered to your home computer.
Gamble on the go
A recent study into the habits of bettors showed more sports bets are placed using mobile apps than on desktop computers or in land-based betting offices combined. Mobile betting is the future, and it’s easy to see why. It has all the benefits of gambling at home, including the convenience, but with the added benefit of being able to move freely while betting. The tethers have been cut, and you can bet when you want, where you want and on what you want. Smartphone betting puts you in charge of all aspects of your betting.
The danger associated with mobile betting is the same as desktop gambling. You can enjoy the convenience of it all, but it’s crucial you stick to your staking plan and monitor how often and how much you gamble on sports. The aim here is not to get carried away and end up betting on every sporting event that catches your eye or betting just to fill time.
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