How To Read Odds
Point spreads are most commonly used and referred to in football betting. Using an example, let’s say the Buffalo Bills are facing off against the New England Patriots and that the game is in New England. When reviewing the oddsboard with the list of games, you see a number of -8 next to the Patriots team name and a number of +8 next to the Bills team name. This means that New England is favored by 8 points and that Buffalo is the underdog by 8 points.
Bookmakers may also take bets on non-sporting events, such as political elections. So for -175 you pay $175 to get $100 (in addition of your initial bet $275 in total) and for +225 you get $225 when you bet $100 ($325 in total). If the score is exactly what the bookies set, then the bet is a push and everyone gets their money back. Odds of 3-1 indicate that if you bet $100, you will win $400, the original amount of your bet plus the profit. More information regarding the hook can be found below, in the section about key numbers.
Here is an example of a standard parlay payout table for up to five teams using -110 odds for each bet (bet $110 to win $100). Remember, in a two-team parlay, both teams have to win for the parlay to win. Be advised that most bettors will have difficulty turning a profit with parlays. For parlays to be profitable, all or nearly all of the bets in the parlay must have a positive expected value (+EV), and most bettors can’t clear that bar.
Then there are also times in point spread betting when a wager has even odds, listed as Even or +100, so whatever you bet you’ll get back. It’s most common in point spread betting to have odds of -110 on both sides. If sportsbooks were able to attract perfectly even betting action on both sides, they’d be keeping $10 of every $110 wager placed. Recall that with spread betting, the (-) indicates which team is the favorite to win, and the (+) indicates which team is the underdog. The (-) effectively removes 10 points from that team, leveling the playing fields to make it a more equitable bet. At the same time, odds makers have given the Miami Dolphins (+) 10 points because they are the weaker team a.k.a. the underdog.
No matter which team the bettor took the bettor would always risk $110 to win $100. The extra $10 needed to win $100 is called the juice or the vig, it is basically the house’s or the bookie’s take. It’s 10-percent of the bet so it would take $33 to return $30 and $440 to return $400 etc. . If you like favorites, you’re going to be betting a lot to win a little. The money line will always be listed to the right of the point spread on the odds board in a sports book. In the above example, the money line would probably be Chicago -250 and Detroit +200.
Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021. To make it easier for you WSN has provided a State by State Guide to clearly show you the info you need to know to start legally betting. The casinos sometimes roll it the other way and move lines to -120 or -130 so pay close attention. Our goal is to make odds crystal clear so you feel comfortable knowing your first bets will be well-informed and well-placed. Reading odds lines and understanding the concept of -110 is nowhere near as complicated as it seems. We’re going to take you through it all step by step right here.
It is still very popular in the United Kingdom, especially among the horse racing fraternity. 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.
Say the Bears are a six-point favorite over the Lions and the total is 42. To bet the Bears, you must “lay the points,” meaning they must win by seven or more to cover and give you the win. Betting the underdog Lions, you are “taking” six points, and they can lose by five or fewer, or win the game outright, and you have a winning bet. If the Bears win by exactly six, both sides “push” and all bets are returned.
The two teams are judged to the be 3 points apart, with the Chiefs “giving” 3 – hence the minus – as the favorite and the Bucs “getting” 3 as the underdog. It is in the best interest of everyone involved – fans, leagues, teams, players, everyone – if sports are competitive. But, sometimes very strong teams or athletes match-up against very weak teams or athletes. Enter the point spread, known in some places and in some sports as the handicap. Most legal sportsbooks around the country won’t allow you to make bets with Venmo.
If the line, for example, was +160 then you would make a profit of $160 if you were to bet $100. Obviously, then, the team is a bigger underdog the bigger the number is – a +260 team is perceived to be less likely to win than a +160 team. 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 100, and they can be either a positive or negative number. There are also ‘total’ wagers that refer to the total amount of points scored by both teams. In the above example, the total, or “over/under,” in the Bills-Jets game is 49.