One of the most difficult things about betting is learning what the numbers mean. If you’re reading this, likely you’re already aware of the basic betting terms; you know what a point is, you probably understand how to calculate the odds of a game, and you have some idea of the financial implications of wagering. However, if you’re looking for specific rules or need a refresher, continue reading.
What Is The Line Move?
One of the first things you’ll need to learn about is the line move. The line move is the smallest change in the line (the existing price at which you can place a bet) that will result in your winning or losing the bet. While it may seem counter-intuitive, a rise in the line can sometimes result in your winning the bet, and a drop can have the opposite effect. This is largely due to the fact that the bookmaker makes a small amount of money off of each transaction (usually less than 10 cents), meaning that even a minor change in the line could result in a significant payout (or loss).
For example, if you’re backing the Seattle Seahawks and the lines jump from Seattle -7 to Seattle +7, your winnings will go up by 7, but your losses will also increase by 7, giving you a net loss of 0.
On the other hand, if you’d gone with the Los Angeles Rams and the line moved up by 3 points, your winnings would have jumped by 3 and your losses would have decreased by 3, resulting in a net profit of 12.
What Is The Comeback Play?
Another key concept to grasp when it comes to betting is the comeback play. A comeback play is any situation where the line moves after a score was announced in the same game. For example, if the 49ers beat the Seahawks 29-26 in a tight game, and the line moved after the game ended from the previous odds to 11.0 (meaning that you would now have to put 11 on the Giants to win), that would be a comeback play. Another example would be if the Steelers beat the Jaguars 23-20 in a close game, and the line eventually moves after the game from 3.0 to 2.5, in which case you would have profited from a comeback play.
It’s important to note that while you can sometimes make money from comeback plays, the vast majority of the time they are losers. This is because the game inevitably stops moving after the initial score is announced, which results in smaller fluctuations in the line that don’t necessarily translate into big changes in your favor. If you’re looking for a way to make money from betting, you should focus on sporting events that are closer to begin with, so that even tiny movements in the line result in bigger payouts.
The Timing Of The Move
One of the other important things to consider about the line move is the timing of the move. Just because the line moved after a score was announced does not necessarily mean that it moved in your favor; sometimes it just means that the game’s momentum shifted and the line gave up ground for the upcoming team to cover. In these situations, you’ll want to consider waiting a couple of minutes to verify that the line really did move and stop placing bogus bets that you’ll almost certainly lose.
You also need to watch out for situations where the line suddenly moves in the opposite direction of the previous movement. If you’re watching the game and the 49ers are up 7 points against the Seahawks, and you see a 9 point line, you might want to jump on that immediately as a great opportunity to make some money. However, if you look at the history of the game, you’ll see that the line shifted 7 points in the Seahawks direction, which means that the opportunity you perceive might actually be a loss.
Understanding The Reasons For The Line Move
If you’re reading this, perhaps you’re wondering the reasons the line moved in the first place. Just like with any other aspect of betting, there are multiple reasons why the line might move. In some situations, the line will move due to poor sportsmanship on the part of the bettor, meaning that they are intentionally fixing the game. In others, the line might move due to a change in the status quo of the game that the bookmaker doesn’t yet incorporate into their lines, such as injuries, weather effects, time outs, and more. In still other situations, the line might even move due to a misinterpretation of the rules of the game by the bettor (usually a newbie), which is why it’s important to verify the lines before placing any bets.
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