Gambling has been viewed as something negative or vice by many but several people have another opinion of it. Michael Jordan was one such personality who openly admitted to loving betting and thoroughly enjoyed it. In his documentary, “The Last Dance”, Jordan said, “I love to bet. That’s a part of everyone’s competitive attitude.” Basketball’s greatest ever player also went on to say that he was never addicted to gambling and enjoyed it because he was competitive so wanted to win even in the casino.

Betting has become a regular source of income for many people not only in Africa but also around the world. With the rise in popularity in betting with online platforms and legislations, the industry is growing, and people’s opinions are changing for the better. Here are some top quotes from famous personalities that gamblers/bettors can live and bet by.

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca

The two quotes mean almost the same. To succeed in betting, it is extremely important to put in the effort of researching before putting in bets. One can leave a much lesser chance to luck by thorough analysis, forecasting and taking facts into the matter.

A perfect example of this would be – a football match between Manchester United FC and AFC Bournemouth. Manchester United is one of the strongest teams in England and Bournemouth is a team in the 2nd division of English football so it would not be considered luck if United were to win this game and maybe a foolish move to bet on Bournemouth given the huge disparity in talent between the two clubs. Taking risks must be calculated and logical, often as miracles do not happen too many times in sports.

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.” – Bret Harte

You read that right! There can be times when results that should go one’s way, do not because the sports industry is so dynamic. Player fitness, team dynamics, conditions and locker-room chemistry are just some of the few factors that affect outcomes of games. It is, therefore, extremely important to be in control of emotions and understand how the dynamics affect the teams before placing bets. Luck can turn around if one is patient and in control of their betting habits.

“A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.” – Paul Newman in “The Color of Money”

Betting can be fun given its unpredictability. The thrill of not knowing the outcome is what makes it so interesting and intriguing. Therefore, it is said that there is much more joy for a person when they win money than earn it as it is an unexpected income. It is also extremely pleasing to win a bet as decisions are made by instinct after thinking through multiple outcomes to arrive at a particular result. Good research can also be a part of it but on the day, the bettor is dependent on a third party and this blind faith in this unknown third party is what makes it so much better.

“Gambling is the great leveller. All men are equal at cards.” – Nikolai Gogoi

Many may not agree with this quote, but it is motivating for newcomers in the betting space. Everyone starts at nought when it comes to placing bets. Some may be more experienced and have cultivated the habit of winning while some are hit and miss, but, everyone has to make the same decisions when placing bets – There are a favourite and an underdog. One makes more money by betting on the underdog as compared to the favourite but there is a reason the favourite’s odds are less profitable as they do not lose very often. However, since the results are uncontrollable by the bettors, everyone stands on equal footing. One does not need to be qualified or more educated to be able to bet.