# What Does “Other” Mean in Betting?

When you sit down to make a wager on sports, you’ll often be asked if you want to place a bet on this game or that game. If you’re wondering what “other” means in this context, it’s simply any game or sports event that isn’t the ones you’ve specified. So, if you specify the NFL, you won’t be able to bet on the NBA. And if you want to bet on the tennis match at the Australian Open, you’d need to place a bet on “other” tennis.

## Which Games You Can’t Bet On

If you want to bet on one or more games, you’ll need to decide which ones you can’t play. Most places will only allow you to bet on games that are considered “legal” in your area, so you might not be able to bet on football if it’s not practiced in your state. You’ll also need to decide whether or not to place a limit on how much you can wager, or if you want to set a maximum amount you’re willing to lose. Most places will allow you to set a maximum amount you’re willing to lose, but your limit will be placed on your credit card (in the event you lose more than that).

## How To Calculate Your Odds

When you place a wager on sports, the odds (or probability) of you winning will be displayed along with it. You may click on those odds to see more information about them. For example, if you chose to bet on Cleveland to win the 2016 NBA championship, the odds of you winning would be 2.6 to 1. If you check out the NBA odds before hitting the casino, you’d have some idea of what you’re getting into and could potentially place a wager that fits your budget. However, if you don’t know how to calculate your odds or if the betting odds don’t match what you’re looking for, you might end up losing more than you’re willing to lose and never bet on sports again.

Luckily, there are helpful tools that can make calculating your odds a lot easier. One of the most popular resources for this is the Odds Calculator from OddsShark.com. Just plug in your values and hit Calculate to get the results. You can also view the results of your calculations in a nice tabular form, which makes them a lot easier to work with. If you decide to bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers, for example, the tool will display all the information you need, including the odds of the Cavs winning the 2017 NBA championship. Simply click on the result you want and you’ll be taken to a page where you can enter a bet on that game.

## When Can You Bet On Sports?

The main thing to consider when placing a bet on sports is whether or not to place the bet before or after the game has started. Just about everyone agrees that it’s best to place bets before the game starts, so you’ll get the fastest match and the excitement of wondering if your chosen team will win. However, if you wait until after the game has started, the likelihood of your chosen team winning will be more than likely, but you won’t get that feeling of amazement when the results come in. After the game has started, it’s too late to place bets—you’ve already got your money on the line (at least in theory).

## What Are The Risks Involved?

Just like any other form of online gambling, there are risks involved with betting on sports. One of the biggest risks is losing your money. Just like with any other form of gambling, the chances of you losing are extremely high. However, since these risks are associated with online gambling, this form of betting seems like a safer option than going to a casino and risking all the money you’ve earned (or saved). When deciding whether or not to bet on sports, the additional security provided by online betting should be enough to make it a worthwhile risk. Especially since there are several legitimate and trustworthy online sportsbooks available—places where you can place a bet with relatively small risk of losing your money.