# What Does +3 Mean in Football Betting?

As a football fan, you may be familiar with the terms ‘home’ and ‘away’ bets. But did you know that there is an entire language that is used when placing bets on the sport? If you want to place smart football bets, you need to know what +3 means.

## The Anatomy of a Football Bet

Let’s take a closer look at what +3 means. The first number represents the total number of points that will be scored by the favored team. For example, if the line is -3, the favorite team will win by three points. The second number is the total number of points that will be scored by the underdog team. Finally, the last number represents the ‘over/under’ or ‘total’ number of the specified game. So, if the over/under is 45 and the point spread is 3, there will be a total of 48 points scored in the game.

## The Difference Between Them All

Home and away bets represent the two main types of football bets. When you place a home bet, the outcome will depend on the final score of the game between the two teams. The favorite will most likely win the bet. But if the game is close, the outcome will depend on the circumstances leading up to the game, which means there is some uncertainty attached to the bet.

By contrast, an away bet determines the winner based on the team that scores more points. This type of bet encourages the formation of ‘streaks’ where one team builds up a big lead, which they then hand over to the opposing team in the 4th quarter. The advantage of this type of bet is that you know exactly what you are getting into. There is no doubt about which team will win because there is no uncertainty about the result of the game. The downside is that if the game is close, you could lose money because you didn’t know the final score would be that close.

The danger with either of these bets is that if you place a bet on a team that you believe will win by a large margin, but they end up losing, you will lose money. The opposite can also happen if you bet on a team you think will lose, but they end up winning. While this may not seem like a big problem, consider the scenario where you wager \$100 on a game and the winner is determined by a one-point margin. In this case, you would lose your \$100 because there is no way of knowing if the point spread will even out in your favor. In rare cases, this can happen because of irregularities in the football game that is being officiated, which can cause a team that is supposed to lose to win.

## Three More Behind The Scenes Details About Football Betting

There are several things you need to know about football betting that you probably didn’t know, but are important to know nonetheless. First, in most places, you cannot actually place a bet on a game that has less than two-hours of playing time. Second, when placing a bet on a football game, you need to consider if you want to place a limit on how much you will wager. Third, if you have a gambling problem, you need to seek help, because betting on sports is a risky proposition.

## Making Sense Of It All

To make sense of all this, let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Why are people betting on sports in the first place? As a society, we have been influenced by popular culture to believe that sports are for fun and entertainment, and that gambling is a legitimate way of gaining enjoyment from the game. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sports betting is a way of life for many people. A 2014 survey found that 56% of respondents admitted participating in some sort of sports betting, with 47% reporting they had placed a bet in the previous year. In addition, 13% of respondents reported they had placed a bet in the previous month. There is also the issue of growing accessibility to online sportsbooks, which means anyone can place a bet regardless of where they are, what device they are using, or how much money they have.

In light of this, why should you care what type of bet you make? First, never bet on a game you aren’t already familiar with. Familiarity breeds confidence, and confidence is essential when placing a bet. When it comes down to it, if you aren’t sure what +3 means or whether or not your favorite team will win, you shouldn’t be betting on that team. Second, always consider if you have enough money to place a winning bet. Third, never bet more than you can afford to lose. This is crucial because if you do place a bet and lose, you run the risk of incurring debt, which could make you even more susceptible to betting on sports. For these reasons, you should only bet what you can afford to lose. These guidelines will help you become a smarter bettor and avoid the many pitfalls that come with betting on sports.