Most people are familiar with the concept of betting lines – which is understandable, as they can be found everywhere from online sportsbooks to the sides of television screens. However, aside from the odd sportsbook, they can also appear in rather unexpected places such as the medical news section of a newspaper.
While it is true that all sportsbooks have betting lines, not all betting lines are created equal. In fact, knowing the difference between the various types of betting lines can help improve one’s odds of winning.
Here, we will discuss the various types of betting lines and how to play them properly.
Proposition Betting Lines
These are the classic betting lines that one finds in all sportsbooks and online gambling establishments. They take on the form of “win/place/show,” meaning that one must pick either the winner (win) or the second-place finisher (place) of an event, with the value of the ticket depending on how far the underdog (show) finishes in relation to the favorite (win).
For example, if you are betting on the New York Jets to win the Super Bowl this year, you would enter “+130 show” as the choice in the “Jets” box, with “+110 win” as the choice in the “Super Bowl” box. The number 130 in this case represents how many points the underdog (Buccaneers) are worth, compared to the favorite (Jets) in the Super Bowl.
The advantage of proposition bets is that they are easy to understand – and, for the most part, easy to enter and exit. The disadvantage is that, in most cases, the payout if you win is not very high, especially if you are using a bookmaker that does not offer good odds on the particular sportsbook.
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This type of bet is more appropriate for international flights than for domestic ones, as the ticket prices are usually higher and the odds are sometimes better, at least at the smaller airports. It is essentially a combination of the previous two types – except that the bettor is picking the destination rather than the event itself.
This is a common type of wager in the European Union, where a major carrier like Aer Lingus often has contracts with various international betting organizations, meaning that the odds for these flights will be better than one would find in a domestic airport. If you are looking for a European vacation during the off-season, consider Ireland as a destination – and make sure to get a good deal, as there is usually not that much demand for travel there during the winter months.
Eventual Totals Betting Lines
These are simply the odds for a particular event, as they appear on a sportsbook’s site. When entering this type of wager, one must be sure to choose the “eventual totaling” option, which automatically adds up the points scored by the winner, place finisher, and any “overs” (the difference between the actual total and the number of points the bettor chose).
If you are a casual sports bettor looking to place quick wagers on the dinner table, this is the type of betting line you will find most often online.
The advantage of eventual totals bets is that they can be easily calculated once the sports event is over. The disadvantage is that you must either use statistical information that is not always accurate, or you have to wait until the matches are finished to find out the winning scores.
Classic Totals/Match Odds Betting Lines
These are simply the odds for a particular event as they appear on a sportsbook’s site, without taking into consideration any eventualties. When entering this type of wager, one must remember to choose the “classic totals/match odds” option, which automatically adds up the points scored by the winner, place finisher, and any “overs” (the difference between the actual total and the number of points the bettor chose).
The advantage of this type of bet is that one does not have to worry about the game finishing in a tie, which would require the use of a tiebreaker system to determine the winner. The disadvantage is that one must wait until the end of the game to find out the winning scores.
These are the various types of betting lines. Remember, not all of them are created equal, and knowing how to play them properly can increase one’s odds of winning.