Types of Sports Betting


Betting is the act of putting money behind a certain outcome. It can be fun, and it can be exciting. But it can also be risky. So before you get started, make sure you know what you’re getting into.

There are many different types of sports betting. One of the most common is spread betting. Spreads are assigned by the bookmaker based on the expected difference in the final result.

For example, if the Dallas Cowboys win by one touchdown, the oddsmakers will assign the Cowboys to have a plus or zero point spread. This means that the team has a one percent chance of winning and a ninety-nine percent chance of losing.

Point spreads are most commonly used in football. They represent the margin of points that the favorite team must win by to “cover the spread.” The spread is usually expressed as 11 to 10 odds.

There are also several types of proposition bets. These bets are often statistical in nature, and may include wagering on how many yards a player will run in an American football game, or whether a baseball player will hit a home run.

Another common type of betting is parlays. Parlays are a combination of multiple bets that reward a bettor if all of the bets in the parlay win. However, a parlay is much more difficult to win than a single bet.

Another type of bet is an under bet. An under bet is a bet placed on a team’s total points, but less than a certain figure.