# How Do Betting Odds Work?

When you place a sports bet, you are not really betting on the game – you are essentially betting on the probabilities of the event occurring. In other words, you are backing one team or individual to triumph over another. Successful betting depends on an in-depth knowledge of the odds, which can be complicated. If you want to make sure you are always playing the odds and not the fickle whims of fate, then learn more about how to read and use betting odds below.

## The Odds Are Calculated For

When you place a wager on a sporting event, the odds are usually calculated for you by a computer program. This is because there are literally thousands of different permutations and combinations that the event can take place, and the odds makers want to make sure they give you the best possible chance of winning. When you access the odds, you will often find them displayed in the form of a ratio. For example, if you wager money on the New York Yankees to win the World Series, the odds might be 1.5 (1.5 is the probability the NY Yankees will win divided by 2, because there are two possibilities: they will either win or they will lose).

## The Odds Can Change

Every sport and every event has a dynamic element to it. This means that the odds will change depending on various factors. For example, the New York Yankees are currently 1.5 -200 (1.5 is the probability they will win divided by 2 and 200 is the amount of money you have to wager). In other words, if you wager \$200 on the New York Yankees, your winnings will be \$100 if they win and \$100 if they lose. This means that the odds can change depending on whether the team you are backing wins or loses the game. It also means that the odds can change depending on the stakes you are wagering on – some sports books will limit your winnings if the event does not occur in the desired manner (for example, if you bet on the game to go into overtime, and it ends in a tie).

## Each Sports Book Is Adjusted

It is also important to keep in mind that the odds are always adjusted to account for the fact that some people are more likely to bet on certain events than others. For example, people often bet on certain sports teams because they are either from their state or their team is their favorite one. Some people will only bet on certain players or athletes because they are talented at producing certain results (this is particularly the case with the National Football League because so much money is on the line). In other words, different sports books vary in their odds depending on who you are and why you are there. This makes studying the odds before you place a bet very important indeed.

## How Do I Read The Odds?

When you access the odds, you will generally find them presented in an easy-to-understand format. Most sports books will use either a fractional odds or a decimal odds. Decimal odds are just like fractions except they use powers of ten instead of fractions (the ratio and the probability are always presented together). If you are unfamiliar with fractions or decimals, do not worry – it is a mathematical concept that you will learn to master, and with practice, you will find reading odds and calculating winning bets a breeze. The following screenshot is an example of how to read the odds:

As you can see, the odds are presented in a clear and simple manner. At first glance, you will probably see that the New York Yankees are 4-1 to beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 American League Championship Series. This means that the chances of the Yankees winning are 4 out of 5, or 80% (i.e., 4/5, or 80%). To find out how much you will win if the Yankees win the game, simply enter the amount you want to wager (\$100) and then click the “Calculate” button. The amount you will win or lose will then be displayed below:

## What Is A Moneyline Bet?

This is the simplest kind of wager to understand because all you need to do is decide which team you are backing (generally, this will be the team with the most popular or the highest-profile name). You then need to decide how much you are wagering on this particular event. For example, if you are betting on the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series, you would likely wager \$200 on the “Moneyline” – this is the common term used in the sports betting world for the type of bet you are making. If the Indians win the series, your winnings will be \$400 (assuming you have a \$100 credit balance).

The preceding two screenshots are from different websites. The first is from sportsbookreview.com, and the second is from betonline.com. As you can see, both websites offer the exact same odds – in fact, it is very unlikely that you will ever encounter a website that presents odds that are not available to bet on. This means that the website you choose to wager on should provide you with the same odds no matter where you visit from – if not, then the betting website may be a sign of suspicious activity and you should probably steer clear of it.

## When Do I Calculate My Winnings?

After placing your wager, you will need to wait a few minutes for the betting site to calculate your earnings or losses. Sometimes, depending on the size of your wager, this can take a while – just be patient and do not touch the mouse or the keyboard while the computer is calculating your winnings/losses. As mentioned above, some sports books will limit your winnings if the event does not occur in the desired manner – for example, if you wager on a football game and it ends in a tie, your winnings will be limited to 2.50-\$3.00.

If you want to be able to collect your earnings as soon as possible, then you should always check your email regularly for notifications from the bookmakers. This is because they may need to contact you regarding your winnings. In some cases, they may even send you paper checks – although, more commonly, they will issue you an electronic deposit to your bank account. Since it is generally faster and easier to deposit money into your account via electronic transfer, this is usually the preferred method. Just remember to allow enough time for the bank to process the transfer and for your account to be credited (this can take up to a week). If you do not have an account at a financial institution, then you may have to wait until the following week to get your winnings.

## What Are My Chances Of Winning?

This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself before placing a bet – how good is my chance of winning? Remember, in gambling, you are only as good as the house and the rules of the casino you are in. If you do not believe in luck, then you should not play with casinos or brick-and-mortar gambling establishments because they will always have an edge over you. For this reason, if you want to be sure you play the odds and not the unpredictable whims of fate, then always play online sportsbooks where the odds can be calculated for you and where you can review the rules and regulations before you make a wager. As mentioned above, different sports books will give you different odds, but they all will give you the same winnings/losses should you follow the rules – if you want to be sure you are playing by the rules, then learn to read and use odds with care.