# What Does Betting Over Unde Mean?

Bets over unde are all the rage in the sports betting world right now, largely because of the meteoric rise of the +GOOD/ -BAD spreads in American sports wagering. The point spread method of wagering, where the spread is defined as the favorite’s odds of winning minus the underdog’s odds of winning, is one of the most popular methods of wagering in the U.S. because it offers one of the highest odds of winning, generally speaking. That’s assuming both teams are close to even strength and the game follows the basic probabilities of the roll of the dice. But what happens when those basic probabilities are disrupted by a number of unforeseen events? That’s what makes betting over unde so fascinating, as it forces the bettor to delve deeper into the numbers and apply more complex mathematical formulas to make sense of the outcome. There’s a reason why you won’t find many people who’ve had success wagering solely based on the point spread method, but if you’re brave enough to try, there’s a whole world of possibility waiting for you.

## How Does Over Unde Work?

Let’s start with the basics: in American football, once the coin toss has taken place, the two teams will line up and attempt to score a touchdown (or field goal) by gaining some forward momentum on the football. After each play, the team with more yards in motion will be deemed the winner. But what happens when this isn’t the case? What if, after the first few plays, one team appears massively outmatched by the other? What if, after the first half, neither team appears to be dominating the other?

In that scenario, it’s common practice for the bookmakers to widen the spread between the two teams, in order to increase the odds of the underdog winning. This is largely done because people are naturally suspicious of underdogs, and will often avoid wagering on them, leading to a significant part of the sports betting public remaining untapped. When you’ve got an underdog, the tendency is to believe that they’ll inevitably lose, so by increasing the odds, the bookmakers can potentially draw in more wagers and make more money from a game whose outcome already seems likely. But that’s not necessarily the case; in fact, it often times isn’t. Sometimes the favorite can pull off an upset and shock the world.

## How Do You Calculate The Over/Under?

Once the score is close but hasn’t yet crossed the halftime mark, the two teams will head to the locker rooms for the half, at which point the spread is reset to 0 (for the convenience of the bettor, since they’ll have to start from scratch after the break).

As mentioned above, one of the most popular ways for bookmakers to increase their revenue is by widening the spread between the favored team and the underdog. However, many bookies are hesitant to do so, as they fear the upset victory by the favorite. That’s why, once the halftime score is calculated, the spread is reset to 0 before the teams split up for their respective dressing rooms. If the halftime score was close and there was significant action prior to halftime, there’s a chance the spread could end up being several points either way (this is generally the case in NBA games that end up being decided by a few points, for example). In cases like these, some bookies will refuse to take wagers on the outcome of the game, because they don’t want to risk their favorite beating the spread by a larger margin than intended, leading to them having to pay out large sums of extra cash. So if you find yourself in that position, it’s imperative to find a bookie who’s confident that their team can cover the spread by a wide margin.

## Why Are The Spreads So Wide In Many Games?

If you look at the spreads in some sports, particularly in the NFL, it’s easy to see why they’re so wide; these are usually preseason games where the starters get only a few series to show their stuff, which means a lot of mistakes can be made by both teams. The fact that a lot of players are switching teams in the offseason means there’s a good bit of volatility in the league, which in turn opens up a lot of possibilities for betting scandals, as teams try to pad their stats before the season starts and coaches try to cover up for players who might not be performing at their peak.

In the meantime, the preseason is upon us, which means there are a number of ways for sportsbooks to generate revenue, some of which don’t involve taking wagers on the outcomes of games. For example, early risers and late sleepers (bettors who wager before and after games, respectively) can have a significant impact on a game’s outcome, even if the game itself isn’t closely contested (this is generally the case in games that end in a blowout, such as the Super Bowl).

## What’s The Difference Between The Over/Under And The Point Spread?

There are some important distinctions to be made between over und and the point spread. First of all, the point spread is always calculated relative to a game’s total (not per play), so if a team is listed as being -2.5 against the spread, this means they’re favored to win by 2.5 points, all things being equal. The downside of this approach is that, for the most part, the point spread doesn’t take into account the circumstances surrounding a particular game; it’s based on the assumption that both teams are at equal strength and competing for the same prize (generally speaking, the more fans a team has, the more strength they’re assumed to have). In cases where the outcome of a game seems uncertain, the point spread can become unresponsive to changes in the outcome of the game, making it difficult to effectively use.

## How Do You Calculate The Over/Under After An Incomplete Game?

Let’s say you’re watching the game and it gets progressively closer and closer, with each play being more and more intense. At some point, the players start shaking hands and going into their halftime routines, signaling the end of the first half. Once the game has ended and the teams have headed to their respective dressing rooms, you realize there was significant action before halftime and you want to wait and see how things shake out before making any kind of wager. What do you do?

The answer is you have to go back to the basics and calculate the over/under using only the score at the time the second half started. In this case, you can either use the half-time score to determine the spread or use the full-time score to set the point spread, depending on whether you want to go with the underdog or the favorite. The rule of thumb is: if you have an incomplete game, use the score at the time the second half started to set the spread; if you have a full game, use the full-time score to set the point spread.

The rationale behind this approach is to make the most out of what you have rather than what you might hope for, which is why many handicappers and bettors prefer to use only what they have, rather than what they think the game should have been. This is one of the primary reasons why over und tends to be more effective in prediciting the outcome of a game, as the factors that might cause the game to be decided in favor of one team or the other are more readily available. If you have an incomplete game, the tendency is to assume it won’t be decided until the end, which is why you use the half-time score to set the spread (generally, a half-time score is enough to give you a good indication of how the rest of the game will unfold). But if you have a full game, you use the whole thing to set the point spread, as there’s no reason to assume anything about how the rest of the game will play out, given that both teams had the same rest and are at full strength.

## Are There Any Other Methods Of Wagering?

Apart from the spread and over und, there are several other methods of wagering that are more effective when used in combination with one another. The first is the tequila shot method, where you take the final score of the game and compare it to the score at the time the game started. In cases where there’s been a sudden change in the game’s direction, this method can give you a good idea of how the rest of the game will unfold. For example, if the score is tied at halftime and the ball is in the hands of the offense in the third quarter, it might be a good idea to back the other team, as the defense doesn’t have much of a chance of preventing the offense from scoring, making the final score closer to what the game was actually like, rather than what you might have expected. This is one of the reasons why people are drawn to tequila shot wagering; it allows them to combine the thrill of gambling with the excitement of a live sporting event.