Thinking about throwing a couple hundred in since I have learned you can bet with as little as $1.25. Just trying to get some info
Depends how disciplined you are, but I might suggest starting off with a little less, like $50-$100. I consider myself a pretty rational person but I was a total idiot and complete degen when I first started betting: betting on teams I knew nothing about just because someone said they were good, wagering very different units, chasing losses by betting more and doing stupid parlays.
I highly recommend starting with small bets and finding a system that suits you. For me, it's been tailing RAS in CBB, picking my spots in the NBA (usually home favs against bad teams who played the night before), and dogs in CFB. Seven is my limit to plays in a day and all bets in the same unit.
It took me losing hundreds and seeing my account shrink to about $8 for me to get my shite together. I took a few weeks off and have stuck to a system ever since. After two and a half solid weeks, gotten it to over $140 now (thanks in large part to RAS and a couple perfect Saturdays). By necessity, my unit was $2, but it's $5 now and will probably move up to $10 pretty soon.
Hopefully you can be smart and avoid the losing your arse part of my story