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Best Sports Betting Books

Books!!? Yes, we’re going old school and compiling a list of all the best sports betting books.

And yes, I know you can find everything you want on sports betting in blogs or in betting forums. This is because as soon as anyone comes up with something original and puts it in a book, it’s only a matter of time before someone rips it off and writes about it online.

But sometimes it’s good to read an opinion from the source, along with their supporting information just for clarity. Often it isn’t easy to find information online unless you know what you’re looking for. Books lead you through a subject chapter by chapter, meaning you’re likely to read information you had no idea would be helpful, and would not have been looking for it online.

Generally, punters fall into one of several groups, and for this reason, we have broken our best sports betting books to read article into several groups. Of course, some of these betting books will come under a couple of the groups, such as being a beginners book for the first few chapters, before moving on to some strategy. To keep thing simple, we’ll add these books to the group where we think they fit best.

Entertaining betting books

This section has been called ‘Entertaining betting books’ because the authors make no claim to improving your skills or making you money. You’ll mainly learn about the characters involved in betting and general techniques used. Some of this information is just as important as that in the other sections of this best sports betting books guide, as it teaches you the thinking process and lifestyles of people making an impact in the realms of gambling.

The Perfect Bet: How Science and Maths are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling
I’d never have thought a book on probability and game theory would make the entertaining section on any ‘good book guide.’ But this book was so refreshing, and this was mainly down to the excellent writing skills of the author. He knows how to tell a complex story in such a way that it becomes amusing or even funny, all the while, teaching you complicated subjects surrounding the history of gambling. Buy Now

Game, Set, Cash!: Inside the Secret World of International Tennis Trading
Courtsiding, the bane of many ‘sit at home’ traders lives. But anyone involved in trading on betting exchanges has defiantly looked into giving this betting strategy a go at some point. Of course, most people come to the conclusion that it sounds like far too much effort. Well, now you can read some first-hand accounts of the life of an international trader and the many problems they have to overcome. Buy Now

Betting books for the Maths wiz

We were always told at school how maths plays a role in every aspect of life. And then given boring examples and raw formulas to memories. If only our teachers would’ve given us examples involving sports and how to possibly win money with this knowledge. I’m certain grades would have been much better and bookies much poorer. Here are some books that combine sports and maths excellently and should help with your betting.

Soccermatics
The excellent name of this book pretty much sums it up; Soccermatics is soccer and mathematics beautifully combined. This isn’t really a betting book, but one that shows you how maths interacts with football with many different mathematical models. You can then use these skills and knowledge to enhance your own betting system.
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How to Find a Black Cat in a Coal Cellar
Unlike the book above, I couldn’t think of a stranger named sports betting book. You’d have no idea of the subject of this book if it wasn’t for the line below the title saying “The truth about sports tipsters��?. But don’t let this abstract title put you off – This is a great book.

The best part is the analysing of betting results, have you been lucky or skilful. This section is more focused on whether a paid for tipping service is lucky or skilful, but the principle is the same for our own bets. If you’re thinking of taking the shortcut of paying for a tipster rather than doing the work yourself, this is a must read. Buy Now

Taking Chances: Winning with Probability
Probability theory is essential reading if you plan on winning long term with sports betting, and there is no better book on the subject than this one. Not only is the author an expert in the subject matter, he also has an uncanny writing style that makes boring and hard concepts very interesting and easy to understand.
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Sports trader betting books

Unfortunately, there aren’t many great books that will teach you the skills needed to be a successful sports betting exchanges trader. And to be honest, this is no surprise. Would you give away techniques that have consistently made you a profit? Here are a couple of good books, but if I were you, I’d also look at trading books from the world of stock exchanges. Most of the skills and technical knowledge are interchangeable.

Mastering Betfair: How to make serious money trading betting exchanges
Firstly, I’d say ignore the title of this book, it’s marketing talk to grab your attention. Just reading this book will not make you serious money trading exchanges. Why is this book in the recommended books list after such a negative introduction? Well, because it’s still one of the best books on the subject.

As already stated, there aren’t many great books on sports trading, but for beginners to intermediate level punters this book is a useful read. It covers many subjects surrounding the work put in before you actually get down to trading, such as, your betting bank, back-testing systems and dealing with loses. All very helpful subjects, but will not make you serious money on their own. Buy Now

Programming for Betfair: A Guide to Creating Sports Trading Applications with API-NG
If you’re serious about trading, having the skills presented in this book is invaluable. Many traders make money without this knowledge, either by spending many hours searching and making trades or by subscribing to 3rd party software that is made using the techniques described in this book.

But these paid for subscriptions aren’t made to fit only your strategy. They are a one size fits all approach, meaning you lose out on the speed needed and maybe even having to do ‘workarounds’ to have them fit your system.

This book isn’t going to teach you how to trade; you’ll not get a betting system that works from reading this. What you will get is a way to save countless hours by automating many elements of your trading strategy and a book recommended by betfair themselves. Buy Now

Betting Systems and Strategy Books

People are lazy, and betting punters are no different. They want a ready-made system or strategy where all the hard work has been done for them, so all they need to do is place bets and watch the money roll in. Wake up call – this isn’t going to happen, but some books will talk you through systems that have been used successfully in the past, and methods for making your own system.

FIXED ODDS SPORTS BETTING : The Essential Guide: Statistical Forecasting and Risk Management
A very old book, but for its time this book was groundbreaking. So much so that nearly every section has now been rewritten all over the internet in hundreds of blogs and forums. For this reason, this book had to be included in the best sports betting books list. But if you are an avid reader of betting blogs you’ll most likely have come across most of the work in this book. A good book to read if you’re relatively new to sports betting. Buy Now

Sports Trading on Betfair: Profitable Betting Exchange Systems for Trading on Betfair and Betdaq
The author of this book has run a betting blog for several years with many great articles. He’s also had his tips verified as winning by an independent source. So it’s clear he knows what he’s doing. The book has many chapters on the main betting strategies punters use on the exchanges, such as arbitrage betting, dutching and scalping. Well worth a read. Buy Now

Miscellaneous betting books

For me, this is the most important section to becoming a successful sports punter. If you’re just starting your betting journey, you’ll likely not believe me that these types of books are vital. You want a book that will tell you exactly how to bet, with a foolproof betting system. But be realistic, no one will be selling this in a book. And if they are, it won’t be long before the market adapts.

What you need to be successful in this game is a wealth of knowledge. Attacking sports betting from every possible angle. So reading many different types of books, some with just a minor focus on betting is the only way forward. This way you can develop your own systems and strategy’s – you’ll also be able to adapt them when the time comes.

How to Predict the Unpredictable: The Art of Outsmarting Almost Everyone
What a deliciously intriguing title, ‘The art of outsmarting almost everyone’. And the book just gets better from there on in. This book concentrates on people’s ability (or lack of ability) at predicting random events, and how if you understand this lack of skill you’ll have a slight edge with your own predictions. Sports betting has a significant role in this book, which is our area of interest, but it also covers other subjects such the stock market. Which could be linked to betting exchanges. Buy Now

Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports and Investing
Was it luck or skill, this needs to be known before you scale up any betting system. Most people believe luck will even itself out over time, so no point putting any significance on it. This book will change your mind. Understanding luck gives you a degree of control over it, with the hope of making decisions that work slightly in your favour.
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Betting Beginners books

We have left ‘sports betting books for beginners’ to last. Now we understand that it’s normal to start your reading with beginner guides, but we also know most of our readers are already above this level in their betting knowledge. So the basics will be of little use to the vast majority of you. We also have a lot of ‘betting basics’ articles on the site that should cover enough for you not to need these beginner books.

The Definitive Guide to Betting on Horses
You might be surprised to see a book from the Racing Post in the beginners section, as they have some of the most knowledgeable betting journalists writing for them. But they are journalists and not professional gamblers. Don’t get me wrong, this is an excellent book on horse racing, and at the highest level of the ‘beginners’ bracket. If you’re just starting out with horse racing, this book will bring you right up to the level needed to then read the most advanced books. Buy Now

Gentleman’s Guide to Calculating Winning Bets
A great book if you want a handy guide to the maths behind calculating bets. Of course, being biased, you can find all of this and more on our site. But for the older punter that world prefer a paper copy, then this is a great book. The style of the writing makes it an enjoyable read, and I’d recommend this book to any old school punter that still enjoys going down to their local betting shop – maybe a nice present for your dad :) Buy Now

Intelligent Betting: A Fundamental Guide To Betting On Horse Racing
Intelligent betting touches on a few subject new punters typically gloss over or are oblivious to their existence. This information isn’t going to turn you into a winning bettor, but it will give you a better grounding for the future. Again, most of the important topics covered can be found within Jolly Odds, such as bankroll management and avoiding bookmaker account restrictions. However, if you want a paper copy covering such information you can’t go wrong with this book. Buy Now

Obviously, we can’t read every sports betting book or ebook, so if you have read a brilliant one, please tell us about it in the comments section. If the same book keeps popping up, we’ll give it a read and add it to our best sports betting books list.

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