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United States of America[ edit ] Betting on the Favorite, an engraving published in Harper's Weekly Moneyline bets do not have a spread or handicap, and require the chosen team to win the game outright. The favoured team pays lower odds than does the underdog, thus, it acts mainly as an enticement to take the underdog for a better payout.
Sometimes a bettor may couple this type of bet on the favored team to increase the payout of a parlay. Spread betting are wagers that are made against the spread. The spread, or line, is a number assigned by the bookmakers which handicaps one team and favors another when two teams play each other and one is perceived as being more likely to win.
The favorite "takes" points from the final score and the underdog "gives" points. This number can also be in increments of half-a-point. To determine who wins against the spread, the line is either added or subtracted from a team's final score.
In the above example, if the bettor chose Miami, he would subtract 3 points from Miami's final score and compare that to Oklahoma City's final score. If taking Oklahoma City, he will add 3 points to Oklahoma City's final score. For him to win his bet, Miami would have to win the game by 4 points or more.
And if a bettor took Oklahoma City, they would have to win outright or lose by less than 3 points. If the final adjusted score is a tie, the bet is considered a push.
This is the most common type of bet in American sports betting. Example, if an MLB game has a total of If the combined total is the same as the proposed total, the bet is a push. Proposition bets are wagers made on a very specific outcome of a match not related to the final score, usually of a statistical nature.
Examples include predicting the number of goals a star player scores in an association football match, betting whether a player will run for a certain number of yards in an American football game, or wagering that a baseball player on one team will accumulate more hits than another player on the opposing team.
A parlay involves multiple bets that rewards successful bettors with a greater payout only if all bets in the parlay win. A parlay is at least two bets, but can be as many as the bookmaker will allow.
The possible payout of the parlay is determined by the combined likelihood of all bets placed. A parlay of riskier bets more underdogs will pay greater than a parlay of more likely bets more favorites. In a parlay, all bets need to win in order for the parlay to win.
If one of the bets on a parlay loses, the whole parlay loses. In the evidence of a push, the pushed bet would be taken out of the parlay and the parlay would bump down to a set of odds without that bet. Parlays are very appealing to bettors because they are less-risky than straight bets.
It is hard to predict a single match up of a game so it is in the bettors favor to select multiple bets in the form of a parlay. A teaser is a parlay that gives the bettor an advantage at a lower, but still positive, payout if successful.
The bettor selects the sport s , number of games, and number of points given. Although the rules to win his bet are the same as a parlay, he is paid less than a regular parlay due to the increased odds of winning.
If bets. An if bet consists of at least two straight bets joined together by an if clause which determines the wager process. Run line, puck line, or goal line bets. These are wagers offered as alternatives to moneyline wagers in baseball , hockey , or soccer , respectively.
These bets feature a fixed point spread that adjusts payouts based on the handicap between both teams. The greater the underdog, the more a winning bet on the underdog will pay.
Future wagers. While all sports wagers are by definition on future events, bets listed as "futures" generally have a long-term horizon measured in weeks or months; for example, a bet that a certain NFL team will win the Super Bowl for the upcoming season.
Such a bet must be made before the season starts in September, and winning bets will not pay off until the conclusion of the Super Bowl in January or February although many of the losing bets will be clear well before then and can be closed out by the book.
Odds for such a bet generally are expressed in a ratio of units paid to unit wagered. The team wagered upon might be 50—1 to win the Super Bowl , which means that the bet will pay 50 times the amount wagered if the team does so.
In general, most sports books will prefer this type of wager due to the low win-probability, and also the longer period of time in which the house holds the player's money while the bet is pending.
A sports book may choose to buy in-play futures wagers at a price below the actual payout before a championship is decided if the potential payout is very high and thus, damaging to the sports book due to the money that may be lost.
In these bets, bettor predicts competitors results against each other and not on the overall result of the event. One example are Formula One races, where you bet on two or three drivers and their placement among the others. In totalizators sometimes called flexible-rate bets the odds are changing in real-time according to the share of total exchange each of the possible outcomes have received taking into account the return rate of the bookmaker offering the bet.
Naturally the more money bet on a certain result, the smaller the odds on that outcome become.
This is similar to parimutuel wagering in horse racing and dog racing. Half bets. A half halftime bet applies only to the score of the first or second half. This can also be applied to a specific quarter in American football or basketball, a fewer number of innings in baseball, or a specific period in hockey.
In-play betting. In-play betting is a fairly new feature offered by some online sports books that enables bettors to place new bets while a sporting event is in progress.
In-play betting first appeared towards the end of the s when some bookmakers would take bets over the telephone whilst a sports event was in progress, and has now evolved into a popular online service in many countries.
For example, in football matches, it is possible to bet in on in-play markets including the match result, half-time score, number of goals scored in the first or second half of the game, the number of yellow cards during the match, and the name of the goal scorers.
In-play sports betting has structural characteristics that have changed the mechanics of gambling for sports bettors, as they are now able to place a larger number of bets during a single sports game as opposed to a single bet on who is going to win. One of the most important differences between being able to place an in-running sports bet opposed to a pre-match bet is that the nature of the market has been turned what was previously a discontinuous form of gambling into a continuous one.
The gambling study literature has suggested that in-play sports betting may offer more of a risk to problem gamblers because it allows the option for high-speed continuous betting and requires rapid and impulsive decisions in the absence of time for reflection. Cash Out. Cash Out offers are made in real time on your current bets, based on live market prices.
Whenever you are ready to Cash Out, simply hit the yellow button. Cash out is available on singles and multiples, on a wide range of sports, including American football , tennis , horse racing , basketball , and many more! You can Cash Out of bets pre-play, in-play, and between legs.
This feature allows gamblers to remove selections from their accumulator after the bet has been placed and in some instances after the selected event has started. The betting slip is then revised to feature the amended selections and a new potential return amount. This can be done online or via a mobile device.
The bookmaker accepts both wagers, and maintains a spread the vigorish which will ensure a profit regardless of the outcome of the wager.