Can someone Please explain sports betting to me?

I mean I need like a sports betting for dummies because as simple as it may seem I cant fully understand it. Take saturdays game of Duke vs NC, how would that work if say I wanted to put money on Duke....

16 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    It works like this. You have two teams. Team A and Team B. One team is favored to in. Lets say A is favored to win. The question is by how many points. If the majority of people who know the game say "3" points that means that most people are going to bet on Team A to win. So everybody bets on Team A and Team A wins and the bookie, who has to cover all the bets, loses his shirt because he has all winners and no losers.

    But if you say Team A plus 3 points' that means Team A has to beat Team B by three points. Now the odds are equal. You should have an equal number of betters on each side.

    Odds in sports are given in half points. This is to prevent a tie. So lets say in the above example the final score was team A 11 Team B 8. If Team B gets three points the final score is now 11 to 11 or at least as far as your bet in concerned. But if you said 2.5 points instead of three points the final score would be 11 to 10.5 points and Team A wins.

    And that's how sports betting works. Sometimes odds (also called 'the line") change. If this happens your original bet stays. It doesn't change if the line changes.

  • 3 years ago

    Explain Sports Betting

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    3 years ago


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  • pdq
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

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    Only 1% of people who wager on sports do so profitably over time. You are a fool to actually think you will be one of these people.

    Do you like sports??? If so, then enjoy the sport for what it is. Placing a bet on a game will NOT make it more enjoyable. If you don't like sports, then don't watch them! Again - this isn't going to make it better.

    If you REALLY insist on betting on sports, perhaps try following NinjaWithAMohawk's advice! At least you might have a chance.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome.

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    5 years ago

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  • Matt
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    There are generally two ways to bet on a team, points and odds. Points are pretty easy. The point spread will be, say -4 for Duke. That means that the Dukes score minus the 4 points has to be better than NC's score in order for your bet to win. Duke 100 NC 95, you win. Duke 100 NC 97, you lose. You can also bet on duke, and if the score is Duke 100 NC 97, the guy who bet on NC wins, because 97+4 > 100. If the difference is exactly 4 points, everyone loses, except the house.

    Then there is the money line. Lets say again Duke is favored, and the money line (odds) are +120. That means you have to bet $120 to win $100, plus you original wager. The NC money line might be -110, so if you bet 100, you will win 110, plus your original wager. The bookies set lines to try and even out the money on both sides, and they make it in the middle.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You're in luck! I wrote a Sports Betting For Dummies article! It explains the various types of bets and how to read odds.

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