Closing Line — This is simply where the point spread is when the game begins. Closing Line Value — This term is used by bettors to measure the value of the line they wagered before the line that was the last available before a game begins. Consensus — The general agreement about something. In sports betting consensus could be the most popular teams bet or line available for a game.
Contrarian — Betting against the trends of the mainstream popular opinions. Bettors usually place contrarian wagers when there is value on the opposite opinion. Dead Heat — Another way to say that there is a tie in a finishing position. Sportsbooks have different rules on how to pay in the event of a tie or dead heat in an event. Decimal Odds — This is a different way to present odds than Americans are used to.
The math is easier to figure out for most bettors than US moneyline odds. Decimal odds are derived from a simple calculation of the amount bet x odds. For example, Vegas Golden Knights vs. The difference of 10 dime line is the traditional profit margin for sportsbooks. Double Chance — This is a European sports betting term mostly used for soccer betting.
A double chance wager allows the bettor two opportunities to win a bet. For example, a result in soccer can be a win, loss, or tie. A double chance bettor may combine two of the three results instead of just one. This gives the bettor twice the chance to win the wager. Double Pop — A European way of saying that a bettor will bet twice the normal amount.
In the US this is known more often as doubling up. Early Cash Out — A way for bettors to settle a wager for a certain dollar amount before the event is over. This is a way to lock in a profit at a smaller value than the wager would ultimately pay. Even Money — A wager that pays the same as was risked. Exacta — Choosing horses to finish first and second in a race.
This is sometimes, but rarely, offered for other competitive sports. Exotic Wager — These are non-traditional sports bets. This kind of wager is often listed as a prop bet in a sportsbook. Expected Value — This is a calculation used by a bettor to determine whether a wager should win or lose over time. Positive expected value EV bets over time is a good way to become a winning sports bettor. Exposure — The amount of money a sportsbook potentially could lose for a specific event. For example, sportsbooks might have a lot of exposure money at risk on one team winning a championship versus another.
First Half — A derivative bet that can be placed on a sport that has two halves. Football and basketball are the most popular sports to place a first half wager. Fixed Odds — These are the odds that most sports bettors will experience. Horse bettors might experience a change in odds from parimutuel betting. Flat Betting — Simply put, this is a betting system where all wagers are the same. The wager is usually a percentage of bankroll but could also be a fixed dollar amount.
Fractional Odds — Another kind of odds used mainly in Britain and Ireland. Some sportsbooks may offer derivative versions for home, away, or periods of games during the day. Some sportsbooks may offer a similar bet for runs in Major League Baseball. Handicapper — A person who analyzes sports events to predict the winning team or player.
Handle — The amount of money a sportsbook or sportsbooks take from wagers. This could be broken down by sport, region, casinos, and more. Hedge — Hedging is a strategy used by sports bettors to either reduce the risk of or to guarantee a profit from a wager. Home Field — This the field court, rink, etc. Hook — Another way to say half of a point.
For example, a team may be a 3. Joint Favorite — When there are two favorites for an event. This is mostly used in England. Kelly Criterion — A popular bankroll management strategy for a bettor who seeks to limit losses while maximizing the amount won. Layoff — When a bookmaker reduces the risk of losing wagers by placing a bet with a different sportsbook s. This typically happens when there is lopsided wagering on one side of a game and the sportsbook or a bookie want to alleviate potential losses.
Listed Pitcher — This is a baseball bet that is active only if the pitcher listed as the starter throws the first pitch of a game. This is also known as In Play wagering. Lock — Another way of saying that a team or player will be an easy winner. Margin — This is a wager where a bettor selects a team to win or lose by a specific number of points regardless of the point spread. The Raiders must win by 11, 12, or 13 points for a win.
A victory by 10 or 14 points is a push. Martingale System — A gambling system where bettors doubles the amount of a wager after losses. This system can be used for sports and other forms of gambling i. This gives a bettor multiple chances to win wagers on the same game. Matched Bet — When a bettor uses free wagers from a sportsbook operator to increase potential profit.
This is a popular technique employed in new legal US sports betting markets as promotional offers are available. Novelty Bet — Placing a wager on a non-sports event with a sportsbook. For example, placing a wager on the Oscars in New Jersey. These kinds of wagers are more popular overseas. Odds-on Favorite — When a team or person is heavily favored to win a game or event. They often have very low odds paying much less than the amount wagered. Off the Board — When a sportsbook stops taking wagers on an event or participant they remove the game odds from the betting board.
This often happens when a player is uncertain to participate because of an injury. Public Betting Percentage — This is the percentage of wagers placed by the general betting public. Puck Line — This is a point spread of sorts based on goals scored during a hockey game. For example, a bettor might decide he wants to have his team as a 3-point underdog instead of the set line of 2.
He has then "bought" half a point, and the odds of his bet will be changed. Chalk: The favorite in the game. People said to be "chalk" bettors typically bet the favorite. Consensus pick: Derived from data accumulated from a variety of sportsbooks in PickCenter. The pick, and its percentage, provides insight as to what side the public is taking in a game. Cover: The betting result on a point-spread wager. For a favorite to cover, it has to win by more than the spread; an underdog covers by winning outright or losing by less than the spread.
Edge: An advantage. Sports bettors might feel they have an edge on a book if they think its lines aren't accurate. Exotic: Any wager other than a straight bet or parlay; can also be called a "prop" or "proposition wager. Favorite : The expected straight-up winner in a game or event.
Depending on the sport, the favorite will lay either odds or points. For example, in a football game, if a team is a 2. Fixed : A participant in a particular game who alters the result of that game or match to a completely or partially predetermined result. The participant did not play honestly or fairly because of an undue outside influence. Futures bet : A long-term wager that typically relates to a team's season-long success.
Common futures bets include betting a team to win a championship at the outset of a season, or betting whether the team will win or lose more games than a set line at the start of the season. Halftime bet : A bet made after the first half ended and before the second half begins football and basketball primarily. Handle : The amount of money taken by a book on an event or the total amount of money wagered.
Hedging : Betting the opposing side of your original bet, to either ensure some profit or minimize potential loss. This is typically done with futures bets, but can also be done on individual games with halftime bets or in-game wagering. Hook : A half-point. In-game wagering : A service offered by books in which bettors can place multiple bets in real time, as the game is occurring.
Juice : The commission the bookie or bookmaker takes. Standard is 10 percent. Layoff: Money bet by a sportsbook with another sportsbook or bookmaker to reduce that book's liability. Limit : The maximum bet taken by a book. Middle : When a line moves, a bettor can try to "middle" a wager and win both sides with minimal risk. Suppose a bettor bets one team as a 2.
She can then bet the opposite team at 3. She would then win both sides of the bet. Money line noun , money-line modifier : A bet in which your team only needs to win. The point spread is replaced by odds. Oddsmaker also linemaker : The person who sets the odds.
Some people use it synonymous with "bookmaker" and often the same person will perform the role at a given book, but it can be separate if the oddsmaker is just setting the lines for the people who will eventually book the bets. Off the board : When a book or bookie has taken a bet down and is no longer accepting action or wagers on the game. This can happen if there is a late injury or some uncertainty regarding who will be participating.
Also used in prop bets. Parlay : A wager in which multiple teams are bet, either against the spread or on the money line. The more teams you bet, the greater the odds. Pick 'em : A game with no favorite or underdog. The point spread is zero, and the winner of the game is also the spread winner. Point spread or just "spread" : The number of points by which the supposed better team is favored over the underdog.
Proposition or prop bet : A special or exotic wager that's not normally on the betting board, such as which team will score first or how many yards a player will gain. Sometimes called a "game within a game. Push : When a result lands on the betting number and all wagers are refunded. For example, a 3-point favorite wins by exactly three points.
Square : A casual gambler. Someone who typically isn't using sophisticated reasoning to make a wager. Steam : When a line is moving unusually fast. It can be a result of a group or syndicate of bettors all getting their bets in at the same time.
The more teams you bet, the greater the odds. Pick 'em : A game with no favorite or underdog. The point spread is zero, and the winner of the game is also the spread winner. Point spread or just "spread" : The number of points by which the supposed better team is favored over the underdog. Proposition or prop bet : A special or exotic wager that's not normally on the betting board, such as which team will score first or how many yards a player will gain.
Sometimes called a "game within a game. Push : When a result lands on the betting number and all wagers are refunded. For example, a 3-point favorite wins by exactly three points. Square : A casual gambler. Someone who typically isn't using sophisticated reasoning to make a wager. Steam : When a line is moving unusually fast. It can be a result of a group or syndicate of bettors all getting their bets in at the same time.
It can also occur when a respected handicapper gives a bet his followers all jump on, or based on people reacting to news such as an injury or weather conditions. Straight up : The expected outright winner of the money line in an event or game, not contingent on the point spread. Teaser : Betting multiple teams and adjusting the point spread in all the games in the bettor's favor. All games have to be picked correctly to win the wager.
Total : The perceived expected point, run or goal total in a game. For example, in a football game, if the total is 41 points, bettors can bet "over" or "under" on that perceived total. Tout service : a person or group of people who either sells or gives away picks on games or events. Underdog : The team that is expected to lose straight up.
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Prop Bet — A bet on something other than the outcome of a game. Public Betting Percentage — Also referred to as public betting trends, we offer real betting percentages from seven contributing sportsbooks. These numbers represent real bets placed at real sportsbooks. These percentages are integral for our betting against the public philosophy.
Push — When a contest ends without a winner. In a moneyline sport this happens if the game ended in a tie. In a spread sport, this happens if the favorite wins by the exact spread. Real Time Odds — Live lines that update immediately as sportsbooks adjust their lines. Reverse-Line Movement — Betting line movement that contradicts the public betting percentages. This indicates that sharp money is taking Team B. This alternative allows you to add runs for the underdog, or subtract them from the favorite.
This means that a favorite has to win by at least two runs for you to win your bet, while an underdog could either lose by one run or win straight-up to win the bet. The benefit of this is that you can bet more lucrative lines on favorites, but because baseball and hockey are such low-scoring games, this can be a risky proposition.
Steam Move — A sudden, drastic and uniform line movement across the entire sports betting marketplace. Teaser — A special bet in which you are able to adjust the point spread or total for a game. The more you change the spread, the lower the payout becomes. Tout — An individual who sells their picks or their sports betting expertise to others. Now that you have a better understanding of some key sports betting terms, where should you be looking to place your wagers?
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