2017 is gone, and what a year my first full year was! I can only pray that 2018 will produce as great of a return as this one did. I learned a whole lot, I made a few changes, and my bankroll grew significantly.
In 2017, I used multiple handicapping services, as well as did a lot of live betting. Those both produced a very nice profit for me, but it took up quite a bit of time to do it.
In 2018, I will primarily be focusing on just my own bets. As long as I have a day job, then I just don't have the time to be betting picks from other handicappers. I'll still do live betting when I get the extra time, because it produces a very nice income for me.
I made a total of 3,279 bets. I went 1791-1427, giving me a 55.7% win rate. I put a total of $275,737.50 into action, and made a net profit of $8,728.74 producing a 3.2% yield.
Converting that to units (or points), I risked a total of 3,279 units, and won 103.8 units.
I did the best in the NFL, and I did the worst in college football. I did so well in the NFL because I faded Brandon Lang, but he happened to do pretty well in college football, so that pretty much broke even for me.
Towards the end of 2017, I started betting my soccer betting system, and it has started off quite nicely. I can't wait to see how it does in 2018!
I made the most money at 5Dimes, and I lost the most money at BetUS. I made most of my bets at BetOnline.
2017 was an absolutely amazing year! The last quarter has been peaks and valleys, ups and downs. Definitely frustrating, but I know it's going to be that way.
I see my trending line is still sloping upwards, so that's all I'm concerned with. It tells me how my overall long-term results are, and it takes into consideration my recent performance.
I'm definitely on a losing streak right now, but I know from my past results that it's about to rebound and give me a stellar winning streak.
I really want this plateau to be over with; I need to bust through it already! Looking at my monthly results over 2017:
January: $1,026.57 profit
February: -$232.53 loss
March: -$700.25 loss
April: $252.69 profit
May: $716.16 profit
June: $766.95 profit
July: $280.51 profit
August: $3,415.72 profit
September: $1,700.69 profit
October: -$1,427.99 loss
November: $1,182.24 profit
December: -$895.55 loss
At one point, I had 6 winning months in a row! August was an absolutely incredible month! Looking at it over the course of a year, I had 4 months that made up the bulk of my profit: January, August, September, and November.
It's certainly re-assuring to look at a month-by-month breakdown, and realize that the chunk of my profits have come from a bit more than just 30% of the entire year.
2018 won't see too many changes; at least, I don't plan on any. I'd really like to see a full year's worth of just own betting results. I would assume that the variance would be much more manageable, since I already know what to expect from my own systems.
Steve firmly believes that most meals can be improved with mac n cheese. When he's not helping people make money betting on sports, Steve loves mountain biking, playing video games with his son, & annoying his wife. Oh, and he's a big Dallas Cowboys fan. Don't hate.
November Update: $1,182.24 Profit