Beginners Guide To NFL Betting

NFL betting can seem extremely complex to a novice. But don't let jargon daunt you. Bewildering terms, such as money line, point spread, and totals, notwithstanding betting are as old and enjoyable as the game of football itself. Let us make NFL sports betting easier for you by explaining the aforementioned terms simply.

Money Lines

An NFL bet can be placed on which team will win, who will win, and by how much or what will be the combined total of the two teams. A money line gives the odds only on who will win.

It is best illustrated with an example. Assume it is a game between team A and B. A money line on a betting site or with a bookie shows you

A +160
B - 180

The - sign in front of a team indicates that the team is favored, while + indicates that the odds are against it. NFL betting figures are calculated upon a hundred. What the aforementioned figures mean is that those betting on team A will be risking $100 to win $160 while those placing a wager on team B will be risking $180 to win $100.

Point Spread

In a game where the teams are unevenly matched and the odds weigh heavy on one side, the bets will be placed on one team. No book keeper will want that, especially with an opportunity as lucrative as NFL betting. Point spread is a system of defining odds on not only which team will win, but also by how much. For example, a match between team A and B says

A -5
B +5.

This means that team A is more likely to win, but for the better to win, he must win by 5 points or more. A bettor on team B wins if the team loses by 4 points or less.

Totals Or Over Or Under

If team A and B are playing and the total score point is set at 40, then a bettor wins an over wager if the combined score is 41 or more and an under bettor wins if it is 39 or less. If the total is exactly 40, then it is called a draw, and your money is returned to you.

The three most popular kinds of wagers in NFL betting have been explained above. Bookies have also introduced more nuanced betting with parlays and teasers. Both are bets placed on money lines and spread odds for a combination of 2-7 teams where if one set fails the complete bet falls through. Teasers differ from parlays. The former allows a bettor the freedom to move a point spread for a particular game in the favor of either team. These kinds of wagers are usually played by well-experienced bettors.

Two Rules Of Thumb For Beginners

Bet Small - No matter how tempted you are, as a beginner; stick with betting an average of 2.5% of your initial bankroll per bet.

Check The Odds - Online NFL betting has made this very simple. Most betting sites display their odds on the homepage so it is very easy to compare. Usually the NFL odds are nearly the same on all sites; however, a difference of a point or two can spell a win or a loss.

NFL betting adds to the excitement of the game. With patience, discretion, and self-control, you can add profit to the pleasure of an NFL season.