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POOLS Strategies

Sports lottery products may seem like a smart choice when it comes to gambling. With fewer potential outcomes than lottery tickets, your odds of selecting winning outcomes are increased. But, as every true fan knows, anything can happen in sports, so it’s always best to play smart!

Know the game rules

It’s a good idea to know the rules of the sport on which you are wagering, but even more important is to know the rules for playing OLG sports lottery products.

If you choose to play POOLS, you will be bound by the rules of this product, not those of the sport you are wagering. View the POOLS game rules in the Game Conditions at PRO•

Should I bet on the underdog?

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It may seem like a good strategy to bet against the favourite to increase your potential winnings, but there’s no guarantee an underdog will come out on top. Upsets can happen in sports, but with no way to predict when, your best strategy is to do your research on the teams and understand the specific POOLS game rules.

Should I bet on a winning streak?

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Winning streaks are nothing more than a series of back-to-back wins that could end at any time. A team on a winning streak might lose the next game. Each game is a new opportunity for the challenger to win. Since you can’t guarantee a win or a loss either way, the best strategy is to forget the hype and do your research. And of course, just have fun playing!

Is my team due for a win?

If I bet more, will I win more?

Is my team due for a win?

Just like lottery or casino games, there are no certain ways to predict a win in sports. A team on a losing streak is never “due” for a win and there’s no way to tell if or when they might win again. Since anything can happen, it’s important to focus on playing for fun and accept that sometimes you may lose. When that happens, don’t chase your losses. Trying to win back lost money is a sure way to go over your budget.

If I bet more, will I win more?

While in theory, if you bet more you can win more, you also stand to lose more. And over time, you are likely to lose more often than you win. The best strategy is to never bet more than you can afford and to never chase your losses.

Never play to make money

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Playing sports lottery games can be a lot of fun and are a great form of entertainment. However, they should not be played with the intention of making money. Sometimes the house pays out more than it takes in, but over the long term, the house always wins. That’s why it’s important to play smart by setting a play budget and sticking to it.