It is fair to say that the idea of point-spread betting (PSB) is fairly new to the world of sports betting. The concept behind the form is that you can have winning bets on events that are running substantially longer than the standard form of sports betting, with the additional twists of splitting the difference on events that are tied and of using a ‘handicap’ to even the odds for each individual player.
The point-spread is usually applied to sports like American football, where each team’s score is fixed and there are only minutes left in the game. This is quite different from other sports that regularly produce scores that can change throughout the game, such as tennis or horse racing, where you might make a bet on a player or a horse for most of the game but have to wait until the end to find out the result.
With a point spread, you make your bet on the outcome of the game and try to pick the side that will win. If you bet on the Chicago Bears to win the 2016 NFL season, for example, and they cover the spread (i.e. they win the game), then you win your bet. Should they lose, then you lose your bet. The payout for the bettor is usually very high, with most bookmakers offering odds of 6-1 or better on events with spreads, and the returns can be great for the right team.
In traditional sports betting, you have a choice of making a bet on the outcome of the game or on the total number of points that will be scored. The first option is taken when you bet on the number of points that will be scored, as this is generally considered more accurate. However, with point spreads, you know exactly how many points you are backing – whether it be for the winning team or the total amount of points that will be scored. In this case, you would only choose to bet on the number of points that will be scored.
Another important factor to consider is how many points you are willing to risk on each bet. The more you risk per bet, the greater your potential return. For instance, if you are risking £100 on a single NFL game and you pick the Browns to win, you will win £500 if they cover the spread (win by 6 points or more). Alternatively, you could risk £100 on a single NFL game and choose the Raiders to win, and you will win £400 if they cover the spread (win by 4 points or more).
Why is it called a ‘Point Spread’?
The word ‘spread’ is used in reference to the ‘point spread’ when betting on American football because a point spread is typically applied to the ‘scoring box’. In American football, there is a box located on the field where each team’s offense and defense meet at the start of each quarter. The offense is granted possession of the ball and is allowed to advance the ball up the field, while the defense is on the opposite side and is only allowed to ‘recover’ the ball if they get it via a touchdown, field goal, or safety.
The point spread is applied to the scoring box because the score in American football is generally fixed and there is no actual scoring carried out by either team during the game. Thus, the team that is scoring the most points is usually the winner of the game. For purposes of establishing the point spread, both teams are given an agreed-upon number of points before the game starts. In other words, the point spread is the amount of points that will be scored by one team minus the amount of points that will be scored by the other team.
On the other hand, in association football, the goal is for each team to score as many goals as possible while defending against the opponent’s attacks. This is generally considered a greater spectacle and a more exciting game to watch because there are many scoring opportunities the entire game, which could lead to any number of goals. Therefore, unlike in American football, where the point spread is often applied to the scoring box, in association football the point spread is applied to both the scoring box and the entire field, including the goal area.
Point Spreads in Europe
Although point spreads are quite popular in North America, the concept behind them is not entirely new to Europe. In fact, many European bookmakers have already begun offering this form of betting, and there are various examples of successful point spreads around Europe. For instance, the Champions League continues to be one of the greatest sporting events to bet on, with many top-quality teams and star players involved in one of the greatest group stages in European football history. Should you want to bet on the tournament, then you should look into the Champions League betting odds as they frequently feature some amazing spreads and big odds against the public. The Europa League is another big tournament in Europe that attracts a lot of bettors, and Spanish and German bookmakers frequently offer some very high-quality odds on this competition as well.
In the UK, Ladbrokes offers a number of bets for the 2016 Euros, including a €10,000 place bet on Germany to win the entire tournament. Should Germany win the entire tournament, then the bettor will receive £20,000; should they lose, then the bettor will receive nothing. The same applies to France, with odds of 4-1 or 4-2 offered on both the national team and whichever team they face in the final. Should they face Portugal in the final, for example, then the French will win the bet, and the bettor will receive £4,000, should they lose the bet then the public will receive nothing.
How to Bet on a Pointspread Game
To bet on a point spread game, you will need to know all the basics, including how to bet on American football and how to read the ticket. Many British and European bookmakers will only accept bets via mobile phones, so ensure that you have downloaded the correct app before placing a bet. Furthermore, ensure that you only bet on licensed sites, as you would not want to place a bet on a football game and have your account closed down because of suspicious activity.
If you want to bet on American football, then you will need to do your research first and ensure that you are placing your bet on a trustworthy site. Most UK bookmakers that offer point spreads on American football also offer in-play betting, where you can make additional bets while the game is still in progress. For more information on how to bet on American football, please see this bookmaker’s website direct link below:
More Info on the NFL Point Spread
If you want to find out more about the NFL point spread, then you should visit this American football information page. Here you will learn everything you need to know about placing bets and what the point spread is all about.
In most cases, you will have to open an account with a reliable, trusted bookmaker, as there are many different operators out there that could pose a security threat to your bankroll. Once you have made a deposit, you can then use this account to place your bets on NFL games. Remember: only bet on games that are broadcasted in your area; if it is not available where you live, then you should not bet on that game.
Why Bet on Horse Racing?
Although not widely practiced in Europe as it is in North America, betting on horse racing is certainly gaining popularity, largely because the sport offers so much fun and excitement. Thanks to the growing use of technology, many racing fans can now place bets from home, creating an entire industry in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. For instance, Betfair, one of the world’s leading betting exchanges, saw its shares rise by 92% in the last twelve months to the point where they are now valued at nearly £16 billion, showing the popularity and industry growth of horse racing betting in Europe.
One of the most famous and most-watched sporting events in Europe is the annual King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England. It was here in 1939 that Winston Churchill and Mr. and Mrs. Clegg made their famous wager on a horse race that has continued ever since. It is generally accepted that Churchill’s horse Wonston beat Mr. and Mrs. Clegg’s horse Ladbroke’s Breeze, thus becoming the leader of the free world for the second time. The annual running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is still held in Winston Churchill’s honor every year at Ascot Racecourse, while the original ‘Cleggs’ Cup’ is played for annually at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland as a tribute to Churchill’s great friend Mr. and Mrs. Clegg. The last running of the original ‘Cleggs’ Cup’ was in 2010, although it has been expanded to include a bet on the entire field rather than just a win by either horse.