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Frequently Asked football Betting Questions
How to bet on football - Football betting is done with a point spread. If your gambling on the favorite you will be "laying points." If your betting on the underdog you'll be "taking points." Laying points means you start out the game minus the spread you've taken. Taking points means you start out the game ahead by the amount of points you've gotten on your underdog play.
What is a point spread bet?
This is the most common type of wager and is typically referred to as a straight bet. That means you win what you bet minus the standard 10% vig. Unless a bookmaker states otherwise, this type of bet carries odds of 11:10, i.e., you bet $11 in order to win $10. Pointspread bets are wagers in which you either give or take points on the team you want to wager on. These points are then added to or subtracted from your team's final score. That modified score is then compared to the other team's true score to see who wins.
Example: New England Patriots +3.5 @ New York Giants -3.5
If you take the New England Patriots you are starting the game with a 3.5 point lead. This means that the Patriots can win the game straight up or lose by as many as 3 points in order to cover the spread making your ticket a winning bet.
If you take the New York Giants (the favorite) and lay the -3.5 points, you start out the game down by 3.5 points which means the New York Giants have to win by four points in order to cover the spread and win your bet for you.
What are over/under bets?
Like the point spread bet, these types of wagers will more than likely carry 11:10 odds. Unlike the pointspread bet, this is a wager on what the combined scores of both teams will be. The oddsmaker will set a number based on a number of factors (weather, field conditions, injuries, participants, etx. You then wager whether you think the total score will be over or under the oddsmaker's number. For example, a basketball game carries an over/under line of 177. You can then wager if the score between the two teams will go over that number, sometimes called betting on the ball, or if it will be below that number, often referred to as betting on the clock.
What is a Prop Bet?
First off, this is short for proposition bet. This is a bet offered by a sportsbook with odds and conditions attached to it by the oddsmaker. Most Prop Bets are for non-traditional things such as which player will score first, which team will have the most fumbles, who will have more penalties, etc. The majority of prop bets are offered at the standard 11:10 odds, though some of the more exotic ones will carry different spreads depending on a variety of circumstances.
What is a teaser?
A teaser bet allows you to move a pointspread by a pre-determined amount. The one condition is you must pay for it. The standard condition is you must bet on at least two teams, as if you were betting a parlay, and win both.
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