Sports betting is simply placing a wager on
a sporting event. You are betting that your team, horse, dog, or driver will
win. If they do win, so do you! If they lose, you lose your bet amount. Sports
betting takes place all over the world, though in the United States this type
of betting is not as highly accepted as it is in Europe.
Online sports betting is probably the best
option for those who are interesting in trying it for the first time. If you
have never tried online sports betting, you are missing so much fun and
excitement, and it can all happen in the comfortable surroundings of your home!
The art of sports betting can seem confusing at first, but once you are
familiar with some of the jargon that is used to explain the concepts and logic
behind each type of bet, it is all much easier to understand.
One of the best ways for you to experience
this engaging way to bet on your favourite racing and sporting events is to get
acquainted with online sports betting. However, in order to best take advantage
of all that sports betting has to offer, you need to know a little more about
Sports Betting – The Odds
How does online sports betting work? You
should start by studying the odds for the sporting event you are most
interested in placing a wager upon. When using online sports betting, you can
find these odds in the various online sports books used by Internet gamers
everywhere. You must open an account with an online sports book before you can
place your bet, but this is simple to do.
Once you have chosen where you are going to
do your sports betting, you need to decide how you are going to place your bet.
There are many different ways for you to wager your chosen amount of money, but
first, let’s talk about the spread and how it can affect the amount you bet.
Sports Betting – The Spread
The spread is a point advantage in sports
betting, which is usually given to the team that is generally expected to lose
a particular sporting event. If you decide that you will bet on the team that
is expected to win, they will have to win by more than the spread number and
cover the spread before you are considered to have chosen correctly. If you
choose the team that is expected to lose, that team will have to lose by less
than the spread number in order for your pick to be considered correct. If by
chance the team wins by the number of points that were chosen as the spread,
the game is called a push.
No one who engages in sports betting wins a
thing if a game is called as a push, but you do get the amount of your original
bet back. The point spread is done in order to make the all of the bets come
out even for the sports book, and is usually done for sports such as basketball
Sports Betting – The Bet
If you were to bet against the spread, most
likely you would place a type of bet called an 11-10, or spread bet. By betting
$11, you win $10 if your team’s score covers the spread. This is another way
that the online sports book makes its money.
An over-under bet is also an 11-10 bet.
With this type of bet, the total score of the two teams that played will be
either over or under the total score that was listed before the game was
played. Betting on the score being over is called ‘betting on the ball’.
Betting on the score being under is called ‘betting on the clock’.
A proposition bet is a type of bet where
the online sports book chooses what the odds and the conditions of the bet are
going to be. This type of bet can be most interesting, even a little fun at
times, for the conditions can be as unusual as which of two football teams will
make the most touchdowns, which of two basketball teams will score the most
three pointers, or even which individual player will make a certain move for
the team. The odds for this kind of bet are sometimes 11-10, but can be better
or worse depending on the circumstances.
A parlay bet happens when you are betting
on more than one event, usually three. This type of bet gives you a much higher
payout if you should win, but the catch is that all the events you bet on will
have to win. If even one of them loses, they all lose, and you lose the amount
that you bet.
A money line bet seems rather formidable,
especially to someone who is just getting into online sports betting, but it is
really one of the simplest bets of all. It is also called a Straight Up bet,
and there is no point spread to consider. You will just choose your sport, and
then the team you think will be either the underdog or the favourite. In a
money line bet, the sports book will have numbers listed that are in the
hundreds, with either a plus or a minus sign beside them. These numbers are
considered the ‘money line’, and are the multipliers for the bets.
If the money line for your team is listed
as 100, you will make an even bet. This means you will wager the same amount
that you will get back. If the money line reads -110, then you must come up
with the amount of money you have decided to bet, plus 10%. This extra 10% is
known by the name of ‘juice’. If the money line for your team is listed as
+110, then you simply place your bet with the amount you choose to bet. If you
win a money line bet, you get the amount of your bet plus 10% back. For
example, if you bet $10.00 and $1.00 in juice on a -110 money line and it wins,
you get $21. 00.
A teaser bet in sports betting is actually
a proposition bet that allows you to change the odds for the bet in either
direction so that the wager is in your favour. You can go up or down in points,
and must choose at least two teams, as is done in a parlay bet. You can have as
many as 6 separate teams included on a teaser bet, but all of the teams chosen
have to win in order for your bet to be declared a winning one. Once the games
are over, the points from the teaser bet are added or subtracted from the final
scores. The odds for teaser bets can be different each time, so it is a good
plan to always check the sports book before placing your bet.
A tip to remember is that generally, when placing a wager on any sport that can finish with a high score, such as football, you will have a spread. Sports where the ending score is low, such as in baseball will have a money line. Remember also that favourable odds on a game can sometimes work in your favour. Online sports betting allows you to easily go from sports book to sports book to find the best odds.