What Does Goal Spread Mean in Betting?

When you place a wager on a sporting event, there are actually a few different betting odds you’ll eventually come across. The first is called the ‘over/under’ or ‘total’ wager, which simply means you’re putting $100 on whether the total amount of runs scored in an innings of cricket will be over or under a certain number (in this case, 10). 

The other type of wager is what’s known as a ‘goal spread’, which means you’re placing a wager on the cumulative score at the end of a specific period of play. A goal spread can be quite the opposite of an over/under wager. For example, you might place a $100 wager that the total score of a particular golf tournament will be less than 14. 

You’ll also come across goal spreads for tennis, basketball, and football, among others. Basically, a goal spread is when you’re wagering on a team or individual to score more than a certain number of points in a given period of time. When a team or individual scores more than the spread, you win the wager. When they score less than the spread, you lose the wager. 

Why Are Goal Spreads Popular?

There are actually a few reasons why goal spreads are so popular in betting. For one, they allow you to place a wager on a game or event that you know is going to end after a certain period of time. This is handy because you don’t have to worry about whether or not the game will be finished before your pre-planned departure. Additionally, because they’re based on a team or individual score, they’re perfect for those who like to bet on a game or event that’s highly dependent on the performances of several players. 

Keep in mind: the spread can change any time before the end of the game. For example, if you’ve placed a $100 wager on a baseball game and the score is 0 at the end of the third inning, you’re out $100 because the game’s over. But if the score was 0-0 at the end of the third inning, you’d win $100 because Boston scored a touchdown in the fourth inning. 

How Do I Calculate The Spread?

You’ll typically find the spread written on the back of your ticket for any sporting event you attend. When you get your ticket, look for the total amount of runs scored listed under the ‘over/under’ heading or the total amount of points in the game listed under the ‘goal spread’. You can’t calculate the spread until the game has ended. 

You can also find the spread online. Just search for the team or individual you’re wagering on along with the name of the game. Most sites will have the spread for the game along with the odds listed alongside. You can use this information to find the winning percentages for each team or individual.

When Do I Get My Winnings?

You’ll usually have to wait until the end of the day (or night) to find out if you’ve won or lost a wager on a sporting event. If you’ve placed an over/under or goal spread wager and the score is not yet finished, you’ll find out whether or not you’ve won or lost when you log in to your account. If you’ve won, your winnings will appear in your account immediately. If you’ve lost, you’ll have to wait until the end of the day (or night) to find out what you’ve won or lost.

As you can see, goal spreads can be a bit more complicated than simple over/under bets. However, they can also be a lot more exciting to bet on! If you’re a fan of sports betting, you can use our sports betting tools to create your own over/under or goal spread wagers and watch them update in real-time as the game develops.

Keep in mind: these types of wagers can be more complicated to win, so make sure you look for some help when placing your bets. You can’t always assume the bookies know what they’re doing. Some of them might be taking advantage of you because they think you don’t know how to calculate odds or spreads.