Of course, the one downside is having to risk more money to return the same amount that a point spread bet would net you. When the point spread was invented in Chicago by Charles McNeil the money line took a backseat. In football the money line is often a popular choice for bettors who have been burned by last-second scoring that actually had no actual affect on the outcome of the game. Money line bets tend to be even more popular with underdogs.
A nice profit can be made if a touchdown or more underdog pulls off an outright win. When betting with a point spread you are wagering that a particular team will win or lose by a certain amount of points. This pays out even-money minus the vigorish, or bookmakers take, which we will later explain further. If the final score happens to end up exactly on the number it's a tie, or 'push,' and you get your money back.
These are examples of 'side' betting with a point spread. There are also 'total' wagers that refer to the total amount of points scored by both teams. The optimal situation for bookmakers is to set odds that will attract an equal amount of money on both sides, thus limiting their exposure to any one particular result.
To further explain, consider two people make a bet on each side of a game without a bookmaker. In a perfect world if all bookmaker action was balanced, they would be guaranteed a nice profit because of the vig. Identify the favorite : Lines with a - before the number i. That does not mean you have to bet that much, it's just easiest to understand!
The most important thing you can teach yourself early on is: "Just because the books assign one side to be the favorite even large, or , favorites , does not mean that they will win. Money line odds - These are by far the most common form of odds in North America for sports betting. They are expressed as numbers greater than , and they can be either a positive or negative number.
Each one is a little bit different. Just what is a moneyline? Essentially, a moneyline bet is a bet on which team is going to win the game. There is no point spread or other handicap for either team, so if you pick a team and it scores more points than the other team then you win.
Obviously there has to be a catch, though, or the bet would be way too simple. The sportsbooks balance their risk by setting different prices on each team. You win a smaller amount than you bet if you pick the favorite, and you generally win more than you bet if you pick the underdog. The stronger the favorite the less you will win, and vice versa. How do you read a moneyline? A moneyline is a number larger than , and it is either positive or negative. A line with a positive number means that the team is the underdog.
In most cases, the favorite will be the team with a negative moneyline in some cases both teams can have a negative moneyline if they are both closely matched. A team with a moneyline of wouldn't be favored nearly as strongly as a team with a moneyline of Why would I bet a favorite on the moneyline? The biggest advantage of the moneyline for the NBA is that your team doesn't have to overcome the point spread for you to win your game. If your handicapping leads you to believe that one team is likely to win but you can be less certain that they will win by as much as the point spread then the moneyline may be attractive.
You are sacrificing some potential return because the moneyline won't pay as much for the favorite as the point spread will, but it's obviously better to make a small profit than it is to lose a bet. This is particularly attractive in basketball because the favorites can often face large point spreads and teams can win comfortably and effectively without covering the spread. Why would I bet an underdog on the moneyline? Simply, bigger returns. You won't win as often, of course, because the underdog not only has to cover the spread, but it actually has to win the game outright.
Upsets happen, though, and good handicapping will often isolate situations where the likelihood of an upset exceeds the risk of the bet. This is especially relevant in the NBA because the number of games, and the possibility for even the best teams to have a bad night mean that major upsets are far from rare and can be very profitable.
There's another reason to bet the underdogs on the moneyline as well. If your handicapping has made you feel very strongly that a poor team is due for a big win then the moneyline allows you to profit much more handsomely from your conclusion than a point spread bet does.
The moneyline, then, is a powerful situational tool for people who closely follow the NBA. Understanding Sports Odds Identify the type of line you are looking at. All online sports books offer you the chance to have your lines in an "American" or "Money line" version. If I were you, I would use this as my standard. Two other less common variations exist: decimal odds and fractional odds. Briefly: --Fractional odds are most commonly found in racing. Identify the favorite.
Lines with a - before the number i. How the point spread works - When two teams meet on the playing field or on the basketball court, one team is typically better than the other or in a more favorable position because of factors like playing at home. If all you had to do were pick the winning team in a game, everybody would simply wager on the best team or the home team in a even matchup and bypass all the lines and collect their winnings at a high rate.
A point spread - Lets take, for a hypothetical situation on one of the types of football bets using the point spread , that the Kansas City Chiefs were visiting the Detroit Lions and Detroit was established as a six-point favorite at game time, which is commonly written as Detroit If you bet the favorite, Detroit has to win by more than six points to win your bet.
Remember, the Lions are favored by six points, so we subtract six points from their final score on a spread bet. If Detroit were to win , Lions bettors would win their wager. If the Chiefs were to win the game by any score and you picked the Chiefs you would win not including the extra six points. If the Lions were to win, , it would be exactly six and a push, so you would get your money back. Betting against the spread - In the sports betting industry the acronym ATS is used to label a team's record when betting against the spread.
ATS records are a valuable tool in sports handicapping. A team may be playing great straight-up, winning a lot of games but at the same time they could have a dreadful ATS record because they are overvalued by the general public and the oddsmakers. And, conversely, a team could be losing a lot of games but playing in a lot of close games as underdogs and have a good ATS record going. Bookmaker's interest - In order to guarantee a profit for the house, a bookie needs to create even action on both sides of a particular game.
In a perfect world the bookie would have 50 percent of the handle come in on the underdog and 50 percent on the favorite. This ensures that the sports books are guaranteed a profit because of the 10 percent commission or "vigorish" charged on most sports wagers. This is why there is "movement" on the point spread. If one side on a game is being bet more heavily, the bookie must move the number in order to attract interest on the other side in order to balance action.
ATS: Abbreviation for Above the Spread Back-door Cover: This term refers to meaningless points scored late in the game by the underdog team to cover the spread. Edge: This is the advantage in any wager. Favorite: This is the team that is expected to win.
Likewise, the Jets could win Yeah! This is the most simple wager to place when betting on football but not the easiest to understand. The favorite pays less than the underdog. Big underdog moneyline wagers can pay quite nicely and is a favorite for college football bettors.
The point spreads and moneyline for college football games can be much larger than those of NFL games. Parlaying a few big wagers can pay very nicely. A traditional parlay is a single wager that links together two or more individual bets. In order to win a parlay, you must win all bets included in the wager.
The payouts for a parlay grow with every team you add. If any of the picks the parlay end as a push, the parlay reverts to a lower number of teams. If any of the teams lose, the parlay is a loss. If both bets are correct you would win approximately 2. The odds for parlays are different at different sports books. If you make a parlay with 10 teams you might get paid around 70 to 1 or better depending on the sports book. Winning one game is difficult enough and parlays are very difficult to win.
Not coinsidentally, sports book operators make win a larger percentage of parlays than single wagers. Parlays have become almost as popular as just picking winners. The potential for large payouts is popular with Joe Q. A teaser is a parlay with extra points added. A 10 team, 6 point teaser might pay 25 to 1. You can learn more here. These have become more popular in the past couple of years. Their popularity has made them available for nearly every game.
Prop bets are made for specific games, seasons, and even awards. The odds here favor that Darnold will throw more than 1 interception in the game. Season-long prop bets can be available for individual players, teams, and awards. Here are a few samples:. Prop bets continue to grow. The best way to find the available options at a Las Vegas sports book is to use the mobile app.
The layout is often easier than watching the screens rotate in the casino. Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. He learned about gambling at a young age working down the street from a bookie who took action on anything from the mainstream sports to the last three digits of the purse for certain horse races.
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A: Simply return to the sportsbook window and hand the ticket to a representative. Some sportsbooks will also let you cash sports betting tickets at the cashier cage, but that varies from casino to casino. A: Comps are awarded to big players and can range from one free drink, buffet pass or even free rooms. A: Different sportsbooks require different amounts wagered to qualify for a free drink, however, these are not always set in stone.
When placing your wager at the window, simply ask your writer for drink tickets and always be sure to tip your ticket writer and your bartender! A: After a game begins all full-game wagers are locked, however, there are still other betting options, including 2nd half or live, in-game wagers.
A: Always check your ticket for accuracy before leaving the window! A: No, many sportsbooks now offer mobile apps that can be used anywhere in Nevada. Have questions about sports betting in Las Vegas not covered above? Sports Betting. Best Books. PJ Walsh. Download App.
Baseball parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game, and so-forth. If a game is postponed for any reason, the parlay reduces by one team. The bet is treated as if the postponed game were never included in the parlay.
Simply ask the betting attendant at your favorite sports book what your payout would be before placing the bet. When making a baseball bet, you are betting team vs. You have the option to specify that either or both listed pitchers must start the game.
Since baseball odds are determined on starting pitchers, any late pitching changes often force an adjustment in the odds. This will increase or decrease the payout on a winning ticket. However, if you list starting pitchers, and your pitcher doesn't start, then the bet is refunded.
To bet on basketball, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet, with the point spread, and the amount you wish to wager. The Point Spread: When betting on basketball, the team you bet on must "cover the spread. The point spread is always placed to the immediate right of the team that is favored.
In this example, if you bet the Bulls, the Bulls must win by 4 points for you to win your bet. If you bet the Lakers, any of the following will declare you a winner. If the Bulls win by exactly 3 points then the wager is declared a push and all money is refunded.
Point spreads change constantly. The listed point spread the time you make your bet may be different from the point spread when the game starts. The point spread that is listed on your ticket is your official spread. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. Simply add the final score of each team. You may combine several teams into one wager. Odds and the number of teams vary from casino to casino.
The following are approximate odds:. Any game that results in a push reduces the parlay one team. A two-team parlay would become a straight bet. This increases the probability of winning your bet but decreases the odds of the parlay.
Odds and the number of points available to "tease" vary from casino to casino. To bet on boxing, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the boxer you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager. Boxing odds are shown using a "Money Line. A "minus" - preceding the number indicates a favorite. Tyson is favored to win the bout. Boxing matches often feature money line proposition wagers on knockouts, draws, rounds and the duration of the fight. Odds vary on each fight.
To bet on football, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet, with the point spread and the amount you wish to wager. The point spread: When betting on football, the team you bet on must "cover the spread. If you bet the Dolphins, the Dolphins must win by 7 points for you to win your bet.
If you bet the Jets, any of the following will declare you a winner. The listed point spread at the time you make your bet may be different from the point spread when the game starts. In some cases, bettors have the option to discard the point spread and bet on which team will win. This is called betting on the "Money Line". Sports books offer a number of different cards, each one having different rules. Rules for parlay cards are placed on the back of each card.
Read them carefully before wagering. The cards are simple to fill out. Simply darken the boxes, or circles, that apply to the teams you wish to parlay. Then darken the amount you want to bet. Sportsbooks offer bettors the opportunity to wager on the outcome of a season -- for example, which team will win the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup or the American League East pennant.
This is known as "futures book" or "future book" betting. As an illustration, let's look at Super Bowl futures. For example, the Ravens may be , the Redskins , the Cardinals , etc. It does not matter whether your team covers the point spread in the Super Bowl. For the purposes of future book betting, the team has to win only the Super Bowl. When you make a futures bet, your odds are "locked in. Futures betting also is offered on the major events in horse racing, such as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup.
In horse racing futures, if your horse does not start the race due to injury or any other reason, you lose the bet -- there are no refunds. On the other hand, the odds on your horse racing futures bet also are "locked in," regardless of the horse's odds on race day. Some sportsbooks offer futures betting on unusual propositions, such as which major league baseball player will hit the most home runs in the regular season.
Note that in this type of wager, all bets are action regardless of injuries or other unforeseen events. This type of wager is typically found on pro football and major league baseball, and sometimes on pro basketball. If the Yankees go on to win 94 or more games, the "over" is a winner. If they win 92 or fewer games, the "under" is a winner.
If they win exactly 93, the bet is a push and tickets are refunded. Among Las Vegas gamblers, golf is considered one of the two fastest-growing sports to bet on auto racing is the other. The most basic form of golf betting involves picking the winner of a tournament. Typically a sports book will list 30 or more individual golfers along with a field all others option, at various odds.
Another popular form of golf betting involves matchup propositions, in which two golfers are paired against each other in a head-to-head wager, with a betting line on each golfer set by the oddsmaker. The golfer with the better lower score wins the matchup. If one golfer continues play in the tournament after his opponent misses the cut, the golfer who continues play wins the matchup.
For example, a matchup may pit Lehman minus against Jim Furyk plus Some matchups pit one usually very good golfer against two or more others. To determine the winner, take Woods' score and compare with to the best lowest score recorded by the three others. If he finishes first, second or third in the tournament, the "under" wins; if he finishes fourth or worse, the "over" tickets cash.
Rules vary by casino, but usually your golfer must tee off in the tournament for "action" meaning once he tees off, you will either win or lose your bet. If for some reason he does not tee off, this is usually considered "no action" and tickets are refunded. To bet on hockey, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager.
If your team covers the goal spread, you win. The payout is based on a "Money Line". When betting on hockey, the team you bet on must "cover the spread. The Red Wings must win the game by at least two goals to be a winner. If you bet on the Sharks, you win your bet if: a The Sharks win the game.
Note: The money line is used in conjunction with the point spread. All teams must win to win the bet. Hockey parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game and so forth. Thanks to satellite feeds from racetracks around the nation, Las Vegas is a sort of nirvana for horse racing bettors or "horseplayers," as they are sometimes called.
Because there are so many tracks to choose from, in Las Vegas race books it is usually necessary to identify which track you want when you place your bet. For example, tell the ticket writer, "Churchill Downs, eighth race, five dollars to win on No. Otherwise, betting procedure in the race book is the same as at the track: For you to collect on a "win" bet your horse must win the race, to collect on a "place" bet he must finish first or second, and to collect on a "show" bet he must finish first, second or third.
Betting a horse "across the board" is really three separate bets: one to win, one to place and one to show. Hitting an "exacta" entails picking the first two finishers in a race in the correct order; a "quinella" is the first two finishers in either order. A "trifecta" is the first three finishers in exact order; a "trifecta box" is the first three in any order.
A "superfecta" is the first four finishers in exacta order. A "daily double" is a wager that calls for picking the winners of two consecutive races. A "daily triple" entails picking the winners of three consecutive races. And a "Pick Six" calls for picking the winners of six consecutive races, an extremely difficult feat that is usually rewarded with an enormous payout.
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