- Straight betting consists of a point
spread and an over/under. All of these types of wagers
have odds of 11/10 unless otherwise indicated. The player
would bet $110 to win $100. The team wagered on must
win by the pointspread that was given at the time of
the wager. All wagers lay 11 to 10 unless otherwise
indicated. Games that tie according to the pointspread
are considered a "push." In most cases, depending
on the actual sportsbook, there is no action, and the
money is refunded. Point spreads may fluctuate at any
time. When betting on football lines, the team you bet
on must "cover the spread". This means they
must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points.
The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless
otherwise noted. The point spread is always placed to
the immediate right of the team that is favoured. If
you bet the Dolphins, the Dolphins must win by 7 points
for you to win your bet. If you bet the Jets, any of
the following will declare you a winner.
(a) The Jets win the game. (b) The game ends in a tie.
(c) The Jets lose the game by not more than 6 points.
If the Dolphins win by exactly 6 points, the wager
is declared a push and all money is refunded. Point
spreads change constantly. The listed point spread at
the time you make your bet may be different than the
point spread when the game starts. The point spread
that is listed on your ticket is your official spread.
- Football Lines, parlays and teasers
are combination bets, which are offered within all the
football betting venues. The more games combined into
one single wager, the higher the odds and the bigger
the payout. A Parlay is a wager in which two or more
bets are combined. All bets within the wager, however,
must win in order for the player to collect on his parlay.
The concept is appealing to the bettor as the linemaker
offers extra dollars for the bettor's skills to pick
more than one game correctly at a time. Football Parlays
involve more than one team on the same bet. You may
combine several teams into one wager. All teams and/or
totals must cover the point spread to win the bet. Football
lines, odds and the number of teams vary from casino
to casino. Any game that results in a push reduces the
parlay one team. A two-team parlay would become a straight
bet. Parlay Cards offer the potential for huge return
while betting as little as two dollars.Teaser bets are
similar to parlays in that they are multiple bets combined
in the same wager. As with parlays, all individual bets
must win in order for the teaser to win. There is, however,
one distinct differences from parlays: The bettor is
allowed to move the betting line a determined number
of points in his favour! Teasers can not be straight
bets. "Teasing" the point spread is done adding
points to a underdog, or subtracting points from a favorite.
This increases the probability of winning your bet,
but decreases the odds of the parlay. Odds and the number
of points available to "tease" vary from casino
- Over/Under or Totals concerns the
total number of points scored by both teams. The bettor
has the option to wager on the "OVER", betting
the team will score more than the total number posted
by the bookmaker, or the bettor can wager on the "UNDER",
hoping that the teams will score less than the number
posted by the bookmaker. You may wager that the total
score of the game will be more or less than the number
listed. It makes no difference which team covers the
spread. Simply add the final score of each team. The
payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds
of 10/11. In some cases, bettors have the option to
discard the point spread and bet on which team will
win. This is called betting on the "Money Line".
Football Lines -With Money Line Bets
the team wagered on just has to win the game. The amount
you lay or take for each game may vary. The money line
that is read at the time of your wager is the money
line you keep regardless of any future line movement.
Example The player wagers on Miami -160 at Buffalo +260.
If Miami wins then the player would lay $160.00 to win
$100.00. If the player bet on Buffalo then the player
would lay $100.00 to win $260.00 A "minus"
(-) preceding the number indicates the team is a favorite.
A "plus" (+) preceding the number indicates
the team is an underdog. Example, the Dolphins' odds
are -180, meaning an $18 bet would win $10, for a return
of $28. The Jets' odds are +160, meaning a $10 bet would
win $16, for a return of $26.
Football Lines -Half Time lines are
normally set on nationally televised games. At the conclusion
of the first half of action, the linemaker sets a betting
line on the action for the second half of the game.
Essentially, this is just like beginning a new bet.
The only score that occurs after Football Half Time
is considered when calculating the betting results.
- A Future Wager is a wager on the
outcome of events that happen each year. All wagers
are final. There are no refunds and no switching of
teams at any time. Odds may change daily and all wagers
are considered action at the odds quoted at the time
of the wager. Future wagers are usually bet on championship
finals (i.e. Super B).To bet on football, tell the
ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to
bet, with the point spread, and the amount you wish
to wager. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured
at odds of 10/11. This means that a wager of $11 would
win $10 and return $21.
Football Lines Sports books offer a number of different
cards, each one having different rules. Rules for parlay
cards are placed on the back of each card. Read them
carefully before wagering. The cards are simple to fill
out. Simply darken the boxes, or circles, that apply
to the teams you wish to parlay. Then darken the amount
you want to bet.
Here’s a FOOTBALL LINES BETTING TIP -
If you are certain that the underdog is going to win
the game outright, you should always bet the Money-Line.
In the example above, a money-line bet of $100 wins
you $260 if Buffalo wins, while the same wager made
as a straight bet nets only $100 if the Bills win the
Remember, on money-line bets, your team must win the
game, regardless of the point spread.