Sports Betting

Just bubble in the picks you want, the total number of picks, and the bet amount. If the Rams were part of a teaser, they could win, or lose by less than 16, and cover. Parlays with spreads and totals at standard odds, use the Fixed Odds Table. It can be confusing to calculate your sports betting odds, and while you will normally be betting with just one system, it can sometimes be helpful to convert one or more of the odds into its counterpart. How much does it pay and how do you win a parlay?



One or more loss will cause the whole parlay bet to lose. In the event of a push, that "leg" of the parlay bet will be ignored and the win will be reduced to whatever it would pay if that selection were never made. Parlay bets can be done "off the board" or on a parlay card. If betting off the board, the goes up to the window and states his picks and the point spread on the board is used. Somehow when I want to make a quick simple bet I get stuck behind somebody putting in lots of these for small amounts.

When betting off the board a calculation will be made according to the odds on each event in the parlay. You will win the same amount as if you bet each event separately and parlayed all winnings as you went.

An exception is if every event you pick is at odds, in which case predetermined nice round odds will be used. Except for a three-leg parlay, these preset odds are not as generous as if the calculation method were used.

For this reason, it is a good idea to have at least one event in the parlay that isn't , which will force the calculation method to be used. If you don't want to hold up the line, you can fill out a parlay card. Just bubble in the picks you want, the total number of picks, and the bet amount. The machine will read the card and print out a ticket in seconds. For more information on parlays, please see my section on parlay bets the NFL.

Teasers are similar to parlays except the point spread on each game moves a certain number of points in the player's favor. In football the player gets 6 to 7 points, and in basketball, 4 to 5 points.

The player pays for this in the form of much lower winnings. For example, if the Vikings were part of a 6-point teaser, then they would only need to win by more than 4 points to cover. If the Rams were part of a teaser, they could win, or lose by less than 16, and cover.

The cost of this half point is laying , as opposed to Not all sports books allow this, and if they do, they usually don't let you buy off of the common three-point margin of victory in football.

Futures are a bet on who will win the championship when there are still more than two possible teams to bet on. So seven bets of increasing size at the fixed rate of gives the sports book plenty of profit. What you get when you bet a 3-teamer off the board is basically a standard price using as the benchmark for each game. You also get a standard price on 2-team parlays at or so per leg. The big jump in vig occurs when you move to the 4-teamer.

At an eye-popping per leg, the 4-teamer is the worst bet on the list on a price-per-leg basis. The increased price tag of per game is more than double the juice you should be paying, but you get nothing for that extra vig except a few drink tickets and a big smile from the sports book manager.

The chart below shows the change in payout if you swap out one game priced at for one priced at Some increases get pretty steep as you move down the chart. Note that the examples assume you swap in the key-number leans, even though the swap is more easily accomplished with the half-point buy just discussed.

The returns will be slightly reduced with a leg, but you have the half point to compensate for that. Once you get to the 4-teamer, the benefit of forcing a direct calculation on your parlay is obvious. Cardinals Spread Prediction Following their dismal performance at home versus the Redskins last week, the Arizona Cardinals are double-digit road underdog versus the L. Will the Cardinals have a bounce-back performance or will the Rams roll? San Francisco 49ers vs.

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