Before diving into the interview, I want to share a brief backstory about my recent conversation with Eric, a remarkable member of our betting masterclass. Two years after joining the masterclass, not only has Eric moved beyond the conventional 9-to-5 job, but he’s also achieved significant success with his transformed betting strategy.

What struck me most during our last chat was his commitment to continuous improvement. Despite his accomplishments, he was revisiting the “mindset video” from our course, even after two years, diligently taking notes to further refine his approach.

This level of dedication sets Eric apart from the average sports gambler, who might not spare even five minutes for research or learning. From our first interactions, I could tell Eric was different. Each time we spoke, he was fully engaged, always asking insightful questions and taking meticulous notes. He absorbed everything available—every video I posted, every piece of advice—unlike some who engage in sports betting purely for entertainment or as casual viewers.

This is how you become long-term winner in sports betting

If you’re aiming to be a long-term winner in sports betting, Eric’s insights are invaluable. He’s about to share his perspective on betting, showcasing the mindset and strategies that have guided him to success. So, if you’re serious about elevating your betting game, keep reading. This is not just an interview; it’s a roadmap to becoming a proficient sports bettor through dedication and continuous learning.

You can follow Eric on X (ex-twitter) @eclavet18

Thanks so much for doing this interview, can you let us know a little about yourself?

I am from Quebec, Canada, living in a small town surrounded by nature. As a Canadian, hockey is a religion for us, but I also enjoy other sports. I am passionate about MMA (UFC) and baseball (MLB). My background is in car sales, where I worked for 19 years as a salesperson and director. Now, I work as a freelance in the sports betting world, and I still have some contracts related to the automotive industry.

When did you get into sports betting and how?

It goes back a long way. My brother and I used to make 8-game hockey parlays or 8-fight UFC parlays. It was just for fun; we never won, but it added some excitement to our evenings. The same was true for watching the Super Bowl or the NBA playoffs. It was very recreational; we didn’t do any analysis, and we didn’t shop around for odds either.

What was the critical point when you started benefiting from sports betting?

Somewhere around 2018, I started wondering why, as a ‘supposed expert,’ I kept losing all the time. I began researching on Google and read a few articles about probability and how odds represented a probability. Then, I watched every possible YouTube video on the topic. I discovered that you could build statistical models to help identify good bets. My first attempt was a Google Sheet comparing Pinnacle to other bookmakers, and I bet if the comparison was positive. It worked for a while, but I saw more complex models on YouTube, so I devoured all the videos, pausing to transcribe the formulas and trying to duplicate what I saw.

What is your favorite league and sport to bet on?

NHL hockey isn’t just my favorite because I’m Canadian. I’ve tried countless models and approaches. When I finally had a winning year, I kept that model. Then, I joined your masterclass, which gave my slightly profitable model a serious boost. Now, it’s my most profitable one.

Do you have any favorite teams/players/sports or do you strictly stick to your analysis?

99% of my bets are based on analysis. The remaining 1% comes from the fact that I just can’t bet on the Montreal Canadiens. I’ve always hated them.

Why did you decide to research UFC Betting and what are the advantages?

MMA, alongside hockey, is one of my top sports to follow. It’s still considered a smaller market, and the odds are pretty beatable. Initially, I kept losing, which became an obsession. I want to beat the bookmakers on MMA, and I will. It’s the sport I’ve invested the most hours in. I’ve tried it all: linear regression, logistic regression, situational handicapping, mixing situational analysis, and even a scoring system that failed miserably. Throughout this process, I kept notes and didn’t erase any of my attempts, which led to a great dataset. The only thing I hadn’t tried was an Elo rating model. I read everything about it, studied your Elo rating soccer model, reverse-engineered it, and built one for UFC. I created five copies, each with a different K value, and backtested them as if my life depended on it. Now, I have a solid model that consistently beats the closing line. Sometimes, being obsessed can pay off.

What does your typical working day look like?

I am in my office around 8 am after dropping my daughter off at school. I update my bet tracker with the previous day’s bets, noting wins, losses, and the closing line. I analyze all the day’s games, which involves checking for injuries, lineups, etc. MLB is based on the lineup, NHL on the lineup and starting goalie, and NBA similarly. I place my bets. Between 11 am and noon, I check the games I couldn’t evaluate earlier due to missing information. I may add more bets, monitor line movements, and take notes as needed. I do the same between 1 pm and 1:30 pm if necessary and again around 4:30 pm if needed, sometimes even in the evening if required. In the midst of all this, I also handle my freelance contracts for the automotive and sports betting industries.

What have you found most challenging about sports betting?

Staying positive is crucial. In a losing streak, confidence takes a hit, and you start doubting your models, strategies, and even yourself. It’s often challenging to remain unemotional during these losing streaks. I’m no different from anyone else; I’m not immune. Even though I know it’s all about the long term, sometimes emotions lock up logic and disturb confidence.

What tools do you use to help you make betting analyses?

I use my models for 100% of my analysis, and I shop for odds using different odds screens. Naturally, I also use Twitter (X) for fresh news on injuries or players returning to the lineup.

What would be your biggest advice to new sports bettors who want to become successful handicappers like you?

Start with the right mindset; it’s the most neglected aspect. Without the right mindset, everything becomes heavier and more challenging to persevere through. Having a good mindset means being in a learning mode instead of a “fixed” mode. The fixed mindset is about thinking we’re born with talents, and that’s it. No, everything can be learned, corrected, and improved. Leave your ego outside, adopt a learning mindset, and find the right tools

And finally, thank you for being part of our community and a member of the betting masterclass for some time now. Can you tell us a little bit, if and how the betting course helped you to become a winning sports bettor?

The masterclass was a real eye-opener for me. The first module on mindset hit me hard. That’s when it clicked for me. I understand why it’s the first module because once you get past the initial shock, you gradually change your mindset. Learning the analysis techniques becomes much easier after that. It opens your eyes, and besides understanding the analysis techniques, you also grasp the reasons behind them. It benefited my existing models and the new ones I’ve acquired, modified etc… I realized that I wasn’t just unlucky.

The right mindset, followed by the right tools, is crucial, and the betting masterclass is an indispensable tool.

Thanks so much for doing this, is there anything else you would like to add?

The world of sports betting is full of scammers who promise to make you rich quickly. However, it’s also filled with honest people and exceptional communities like Underdog Chance. Stay vigilant and do your research, and you’ll make better decisions.

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