Masters 2013: Betting Tips for Heading into First Day at Augusta

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie Caroline Wozniacki during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It's a tradition unlike any other—betting on the Masters. Well, maybe that's not totally true—the Kentucky Derby, NCAA tournament, Super Bowl and pretty much every boxing match have long traditions in the betting realm, but betting on the Masters is pretty great too.

But you shouldn't go into the event blind, which is why I've compiled a few tips before the tournament gets underway on Thursday. No, I'm not going to tell you which player will win (boy, I wish I knew) or who you should bet on—I'm sure you have your research compiled.

Instead, I've provided a few tips—and one suggestion when it comes to prop bets—to aid you and perhaps change your perspective a bit. Good luck!

Know Who is Hot

And no, I'm not talking about the Golf Boys.

Tiger Woods has won three tournaments this season. Brandt Snedeker has won a tournament and has three other top-four finishes, though he's struggled a bit of late. Matt Kuchar has three top-10 finishes, six top-25 finishes and a win on the season. 

It's always good to know which players come into the tournament playing at their best, perhaps even more important than focusing on players that traditionally play the course well. You never know when a new champion might emerge, but recent play is a good way to hone in on the contenders.

Don't Settle for the Obvious Choices

Oh, you really like Tiger Woods at the Masters? Guess what?

So does everyone else in America. Seriously, everyone. That's why he's coming in at 7-2 odds to win an event that is notoriously difficult to predict and has a huge field of players capable of winning. 

Same with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. They're 12-1 because the average fan has actually heard of them, not because they are that much more likely to win than someone like Charl Schwartzel or Snedeker (or one of these other plays I really like).

Okay, maybe they're slightly more likely to win, but the point is this—think outside the box. If you are 100 percent sure Tiger will win the tournament, then go that direction. But if you have doubts, there are better plays out there.

Don't Forget About the Prop Bets

Let's be honest—we all like prop bets. They're fun. Sure, they're wildly unpredictable and probably not the best way to invest your money, but if you're just looking for some casual betting, it's really the way to go.

Here are a few of my favorite prop bets you can place on Bovada:

  • Whether or not a there will be a hole in one. I say go with yes, there will be a hole in one. Live a little, folks.
  • You can also bet on which players will finish as the top American, British, Irish, Asian and Australian finisher. Be culturally diverse—pick one of each!
  • Go ahead, place a bet on the top left-handed player. You know you want to.
  • Will the winner be older or younger than 35? 
  • What color shirt will the winner be wearing? Seriously, you can bet on that. Yes, I think it's ridiculous too.
  • Will the winner be wearing a hat or a visor? Who will the winner hug first? 

God bless America.

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