How Does + and – Work in Betting?

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I hope you enjoyed our guide to Canadian football betting. This game can be difficult to bet on, as most Canadian games aren’t held in football stadiums, meaning those who want to make a wager must do so online. There are, however, exceptions to this rule, as the national team does play some home games at iconic BC Place in Vancouver. If you’re interested in trying your hand at Canadian football betting, read on to find out how it works.

The Simple Math Of Odds And Evens

The odds and evens of a game are pretty self-explanatory. They determine how likely it is that the game will end in a specific way. If you’re unfamiliar, the odds are the chances that a given team will win a game. Evens are the chances that an equal amount of money will be won or lost on a given game. For example, if a team is listed at +300 odds, this means that the odds are 300 to 1 that the team will win the game. When you see the plus and minus signs next to a Canadian football betting line, this is usually to indicate whether the team you’re looking at betting on is a favorite or an underdog. A favorite is listed at + sign, while an underdog is listed at – sign.

Most Games End In A Draw

Most North American sports, including Canadian football, are winner-take-all games. This means that, other than in rare cases, the team with the most points at the end of a given game will win. It’s important to note that in some cases a game can end in a tie. In those instances, a tiebreaker can be used to determine the outcome. The most common tiebreaker is simply who has the most wins. If both teams have the same amount of wins, then the team with the most points at the end of the game wins. If the teams are tied after the final whistle but have different point totals, then whoever has the most extra points at the end of the game wins. For instance, if Team A scores 13 points in the 4th quarter and Team B scores 10 points in the 4th quarter, then Team A would win the game because they had more extra points (23) than Team B (20).

The Point Spread

The point spread is the amount of points by which a team is favored to win a particular game. Most point spreads are expressed in fractions. For example, if a game is listed as a “2.5 point spread”, this means that the betting odds are 2.5 points in favor of the home team. Point spreads can be used to determine whether or not a team is a good bet, as well as how much money you can afford to wager on a particular game. The main use of the point spread is to compare the public’s opinion of two or more teams. If you think that one team is going to win a game but the public is still uncertain, then you can use the point spread to gauge the odds of the game. In rare cases, the point spread can be used to determine the winner of a game that ends in a tie. For example, if the Minnesota Vikings were playing the Green Bay Packers and the score was tied at 20-20 at the end of regulation, then the Vikings would win the game because they had a 2-point spread (22-20).

Straight Up

“Straight up” means that evenly matched teams will play each other head-to-head with the winner determined solely by how the game ends. Since most sports are winner-take-all games, odds are the same meaning even odds. The term “straight up” can be used in reference to any sports book or online betting website, so you’ll see this format all over the place. Evenly matched teams can be an issue in sports like baseball and football, as the better team tends to dominate play. With straight up betting, the team you back wins regardless of the score. For example, if the San Francisco Giants were playing the Atlanta Braves and the score was 1-0 at the end of the third quarter, then the Giants would win the game because they had less chance of losing (they would’ve already won the game) than the Braves did of winning (their only chance of losing was because the game ended in a tie).

That’s all you need to know about the basics of North American sports betting. As you might imagine, there are plenty of situations where these numbers and symbols aren’t enough, so you might want to brush up on your sports betting knowledge with a little bit of online research. If you’re looking for a place to start, below are some of our recommended websites:


Bovada is one of the more popular and widely supported sportsbooks in the United States, so you’ll most likely find all the major sports covered there. The website and app are easily navigated, and you’ll find all the information you need without having to search for it. If you want to place a bet, simply click on the “Bet Now” button at the top of the homepage, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can enter your credit card information. Your membership will be charged and you’ll receive a confirmation email from Bovada.

Bovada usually offers an excellent range of odds, and since they’re widely supported, you’ll most likely find the odds you’re looking for. Another perk of betting with Bovada is their customer service. While they don’t offer any mobile betting apps, they’re available via live chat, so if you experience any issues, their agents are always willing to help.


Online bookmakers, also known as “street bookmakers” or “bucket shops”, are pretty widely available, so you should be able to find one that supports your country. Like Bovada, most online bookmakers will have all the major sports covered, including football, hockey, and baseball. They typically don’t offer an excellent range of odds, which is why it’s preferable to bet on the straight up. Bookmaker also offers a mobile app, so you can place your bets on the go. They don’t offer any real advantages over other sportsbooks, but if you’re looking for an easy way to bet on sports, then bookmaker is the best option available.


If you’re looking for an easy way to place a bet without having to search for websites or navigate complicated menus, then Intertops is the best option out there. Simply choose your sport from the pull-down menu at the top of the page, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can enter your credit card information. Like the other sportsbooks on this list, Intertops offers all the major sports, including football, hockey, and baseball. They also offer a full range of odds, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Unlike other sportsbooks on this list, Intertops also offers a mobile app, making it easy to place your bets on the go. If you’re looking for an all-around good choice, then Intertops is the place to be.


Another good option for those who like to bet on the go is MyBookie. This Canadian company, part of the William Hill group of sportsbooks, owns a number of online sportsbooks around the world, offering customers hundreds of sports, with the option of having their bets placed either in dollars or euros. They offer a wide range of odds, so you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for, as well as a handy mobile app that can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. Like the other options on this list, MyBookie also offers all the major sports, as well as a full range of odds and prop bets (these are bets on specific outcomes of a game, like “will the defense line up in a 4-3 or 3-4-3 formation”).

Betting on sports can be fun and, in some cases, profitable. Just remember that the odds and evens will never be in your favor if the other team is better than expected. This is especially true in football where a single point can make the difference between winning and losing.