How to Set and Manage Betting Budgets

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Sol Fayerman-Hansen
Sol Fayerman-Hansen
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Paruyr Shahbazyan
Last Updated: May 27, 2024, 2:54 PM

A Guide to Financial Well-being in Sports Betting

In the world of sports betting, the thrill of placing bets on your favorite teams or events can quickly lead to financial strain if not managed responsibly. Setting and adhering to a betting budget is crucial for maintaining financial health and ensuring that gambling remains a fun and enjoyable activity. This guide provides practical advice on creating a safe betting budget, tracking your gambling expenses, and adjusting your budget as needed.

Understanding the Importance of a Betting Budget

A betting budget is more than just a financial tool; it's a commitment to responsible gambling. It helps to:

  • Prevent overspending and financial difficulties.
  • Enhance the enjoyment of sports betting by reducing financial stress.
  • Ensure that betting activities do not negatively impact your daily life or long-term financial goals.

Determining Your Betting Budget

Assess Your Financial Situation: Take a comprehensive look at your income, savings, and essential expenses (such as rent, utilities, groceries, and debt payments). Your betting budget should come from the disposable income that remains after these priorities are taken care of.

Set Realistic Goals: Determine what you aim to achieve with sports betting. Whether it's for fun, profit, or a mix of both, your goals should guide how much you're willing to risk.

Decide on a Fixed Amount: Based on your disposable income, decide on a fixed amount that you can afford to lose. This amount should not compromise your ability to meet essential expenses or savings goals.

Tracking Gambling Expenses

Maintain a Dedicated Record: Use a spreadsheet, a dedicated app, or a notebook to record all your deposits, bets, wins, and losses. This record-keeping will provide clear insights into your betting habits and financial impact.

Review Regularly: Set a routine, whether weekly or monthly, to review your betting expenses. This helps in identifying patterns, understanding your betting behavior, and making informed decisions about future bets.

Set Alerts: Many online sportsbooks offer tools to set deposit limits and alert you when you're approaching your budget limit. Utilize these tools to help stay within your predetermined budget.

Tips for Sticking to Your Budget

Avoid Chasing Losses: One of the golden rules in sports betting is to never chase losses. Trying to recover losses by placing more bets can lead to a dangerous cycle of overspending.

Understand the Odds: Knowledge is power. Understanding the odds and how betting works can help you make more informed decisions, reducing the likelihood of impulsive bets that exceed your budget.

Take Breaks: If you find yourself getting too caught up in betting or if it's causing stress, it's important to take a break. Time away can provide perspective and help you reassess your betting strategies and financial commitments.

Adjusting Your Budget Responsibly

Reflect on Changes in Financial Situation: If your income increases or your essential expenses decrease, you may consider adjusting your betting budget. However, the opposite is also true; if your financial situation worsens, it's critical to decrease your betting budget accordingly.

Learn from Experience: Use your betting record to identify what's working and what's not. If you find that you're consistently overspending or not enjoying betting as much, it might be time to adjust your budget or betting strategy.

Set Limits for Wins and Losses: Besides setting a budget for how much you're willing to spend, consider setting limits on how much you're willing to lose in a session and walking away when you hit a win limit. This can help protect your winnings and prevent losses from spiraling.


Setting and managing a betting budget is essential for anyone engaging in sports betting. It ensures that this activity remains a source of entertainment without leading to financial strain. By assessing your financial situation, tracking your betting expenses, and sticking to a realistic budget, you can enjoy the thrill of sports betting responsibly. Remember, responsible gambling is about making informed and controlled choices, always prioritizing your financial well-being and mental health.

Meet Our Authors

Paruyr Shahbazyan began his business career in 2000 as a private entrepreneur. Over thirteen years, he developed a deep understanding for business and leadership, laying a solid foundation for his professional journey.

In 2013, Paruyr stepped into the sports and betting industry as the founder and president of Bookmaker Rating. This online mass media platform, which he led until 2020, focused on providing in-depth analysis and insights in sports betting, earning a reputation for its quality content. 

Continuing his innovative approach in 2022, Paruyr co-founded Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol. This venture showcases his dedication to integrating advanced technology in the evolving landscape of sports betting. Through these diverse experiences, Paruyr has continuously influenced and shaped the betting industry, driving new trends and setting high standards.

Engaged in private entrepreneurship2000-2013
Founder and President at Bookmaker Rating, an online platform focused on sports and betting2013-2020
Co-founder at Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol2022

"Innovation in sportsbetting comes from a deep understanding of both technology and the human element of sports." 

- Paruyr Shahbazyan, Founder, RG


Principles and Ethics

Paruyr Shahbazyan's core beliefs lie in the power of informed decision-making and integrity in the betting industry. He understands that the foundation of successful betting is not just about odds and predictions, but also about the trust and reliability of the information provided. Paruyr advocates for a betting environment where transparency and knowledge are paramount, ensuring that bettors are well-equipped with accurate data and insights.

Strategic Vision

Paruyr's vision is to revolutionize the sports betting industry through the integration of technology. He sees the future of betting as a blend of traditional sports knowledge with innovative tech solutions, like decentralized protocols, to enhance user experience and fairness. His aim is to create platforms that are not only user-friendly but also uphold the highest standards of ethical betting, contributing to a more responsible and enjoyable betting culture.

Future Perspectives

Looking towards the future, Paruyr envisions a betting landscape that is more inclusive, technologically advanced, and globally connected. He anticipates a significant shift towards more decentralized and transparent betting systems, driven by blockchain technology. Paruyr is committed to being at the forefront of this change, continuously exploring new possibilities and innovations that can redefine what it means to engage in sports betting in a digital world. His focus is on building systems that prioritize user empowerment, fairness, and the global growth of the sports betting community.


Sol Fayerman-Hansen
Sol Fayerman-Hansen

Sol's interest in sports was sparked at a young age, inspired by athletes such as Barry Sanders, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretzky. This early fascination evolved into a deep-seated passion, guiding him toward a career in sports journalism in 2007. Over the years, Sol has contributed thousands of articles and reviews to dozens of online platforms, sharing his research, knowledge, and perspectives.

“In the world of sports betting, truth is more valuable than any bonus offer.”

Content Manager, OnlineCasinoReports2012-2021
Sports Journalist, Dottraffic2009-2011
Content Writer, HouseTech2007-2009
Cristina Varela Galan
Cristina Varela Galan
Problem Gambling Expert

Cristina used to work as a Psychology Assistant in the Bizkaia Pathological and Risky Gamblers Association. She was also part of a research team in Deusto University, specializing in pathological gambling area. While working there, she managed to develop her own project 

 “Exploring the association between emotional regulation, alexithymia, stressful life events and gambling in adolescent and young adult women”.

Nick Ashbourne
Nick Ashbourne
Senior Writer

Nick has been fascinated with sports since he was first taken to a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in 1998, and he's written about them professionally since 2014.

Nick has covered baseball and hockey for outlets like The Athletic, Sportsnet, and Yahoo Sports, and his sports betting expertise has grown since its legalization in Ontario in 2022. 

Between 2022 and 2023 he worked for a betting startup called NorthStar Bets, and in 2024 he contributed to Oddspedia before joining the Responsible Gambling team.

Anna Kravtcova
Anna Kravtcova
Problem Gambling Expert

Ph.D. in organizational psychology, an internationally certified psychologist (EuroPsy 2022, Cognitive behavioural therapy of mindfulness 2020, International Society for Emotional Intelligence 2017, Russian Psychological society 2014, American Psychological Association(Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologist) 2011), speaker of many international conferences (USA, Brazil, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, etc.). TEDx speaker.

Mike made the decision to dive headfirst into the booming world of sports betting fresh out of college. Back in the day, when 1-800 pick lines and sports pagers were all the rage, he couldn't resist the allure, having grown up idolizing sports legends like Sweetness, MJ, and Slammin Sammy. Mike dedicated his early years to the industry, tirelessly analyzing games, writing articles with free picks, and selling his expertise on reputable handicapping sites. Unlike many others, Mike was known for his integrity and only released one Game of the Year per sport, per season. His hard work and unwavering commitment paid off, earning him a devoted following and propelling his career to new heights. Then came the explosion of Daily Fantasy Sports. Believe it or not, companies like DraftKings and FanDuel used to pay Mike's company to increase their brand exposure. Now, those same industry giants don't even bother responding to his emails. While Mike appreciates the convenience of being able to place legal bets in his own backyard, he can't help but feel disheartened by what has become of the industry. People are being led astray, falsely believing that a mere $5 wager on a 20-team same-game-parlay will be their ticket to financial security. If there’s one thing Mike learned from making book back in the day, it’s that parlays are a bookie’s best friend. A bankroll is the only leg you have to stand on in the battle with the books, and Mike’s here to offer up advice on how to protect it.