A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Sports Betting
Before May 14, 2018, all sports betting outside of the state of Nevada had been illegal. The explosion of betting markets since then has been nothing short of remarkable.
Americans love to gamble. In 2016, we spent over 100 billion dollars on all types of gambling, from horse races to nickel slots. The online betting market handles billions of dollars on a monthly basis.
Although this is all exciting and we want in, it can be easy to get lost with all the terms getting thrown around. Read ahead for our crash course in understanding sports betting and how to get started.
Our Fascination With Sports Betting
The next time someone tries to give you an attitude about your betting, politely remind them that you are simply taking part in an ancient tradition.
That’s right. We know the Ancient Greeks were betting on sports and other competitions more than 2,000 years ago. Later, the Romans were placing bets on gladiator fights.
Over the years, different rulers have tried to make it illegal. Others realized that if you can’t beat them you should join and created legal gambling institutions.
From Underground to Mainstream
Sports betting continued to thrive across the world. Betting on horse races became very popular in England and moved to the United States.
There was a certain posh about going to the tracks. It was something that brought communities together and provided lots of entertainment.
Of course, there was no shortage of people trying to profit off of it.
The Emergence of Bookies
Bookmakers or bookies as most people call them, accept bets and pays them off. During different periods of history, bookmaking has been banned in various countries.
Depending on the place, bookies can work out in the open. They are a common site at casinos and horse tracks.
However, there was a time when they had to operate in the shadows to avoid trouble with the law and the IRS. Otherwise, Americans often placed bets through bookies overseas in places like the Caribbean and Costa Rica, where they could operate legally.
Understanding Sports Betting
If you have been around people talking about sports betting, you’ve certainly heard a bunch of funny words getting thrown around that may have gone over your head.
Sports betting has its own culture and, with that, comes its own language.
Here are some important terms to get you started.
Short for the underdog, the dog is the team or player that is less likely to win. However, that doesn’t mean they always lose.
Betting on the dog sets you up to win big if you can correctly predict an upset.
Who doesn’t love a great underdog story?
Odds On Favorite
This is basically the opposite of the dog. The favorite is the team that projected to win. Generally speaking, betting on the favorite is safer but the cashout is smaller.
Some people always bet on the favorite regardless. However, the favorite isn’t guaranteed to win so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This is an important concept called spread betting. You simply pick a winner of a certain game but keeping in mind that the underdog will have a certain advantage.
For example, if New York has a spread of +6.0 points over the underdogs, Miami, then they have to win by at least 6 points in order for those who pick them to win the bet. If you think New York will win but only by 3 points, then you should actually pick Miami given the point spread.
A parlay is when you bet on two or more consecutive games. In a three-team parlay, for example, all three teams that you selected must win.
This is an extremely exciting way to play. Imagine the excitement as your teams keep winning and you get ever closer to hitting that big score.
You can bet on more than the outcome of a game in terms of winning or losing. You can also try to guess the total combined score of both teams.
You can be on whether the combined score will be greater and or less than a certain number.
For example, if the over/under for football game is 25 and you pick ‘under’. You are hoping that it is a relatively low scoring game, without worry about who wins.
How To Get Involved
It’s never too late to get involved with sports betting. Since it has become legalized, there are tons of options in the sports betting market depending on what suits you.
You can hit an online betting market if you’re the type who prefers staying at home. Gone are the days when it was necessary to meet up with your friendly neighborhood bookie at Waffle House to place your bets and get paid.
Don’t feel pressured to make big bets on things you don’t really understand. Take your time with some smaller bets to get a feel for how it works.
How Much Many Can I Make?
Truly, there is no limit to how much money you can make off sports betting. However, you need to bet more to make more.
In large part, it depends on your bankroll and how much you willing to bet. However, there are plenty of people who make a living on sports betting. However, always remember that you shouldn’t bet more than you can afford to lose.
Some people do it for fun and some people make hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Becoming a Bookie
It doesn’t stop there. You can become a bookie and help others place bets. No, you don’t have to be a wiseguy or wear a trench coat.
The fact is, becoming a bookmaker is a surefire way to make money. The more people you bring in, the more you get paid regardless of the outcomes of their bets.
Check out this article to learn you can become a bookmaker. Work on your own time and as much or as little as you want.
Getting the Most out of Sports Betting
Sports betting adds a massive degree of emotion and excitement to any competition, even if its division III college volleyball.
And of course, there is a lot of money to be made. However, understanding sports betting is crucial in order to get the most out of it.