What Does 1.5 Mean in Betting?

Many books and articles on betting have focused on explaining the various bets and odds available when betting, and how to place those bets, but have overlooked the more basic question of what does 1.5 mean in betting? 

As the name implies, the number 1.5 can be used to indicate a decimal point or fraction, and it has two distinct uses in betting: 1.5 can either be read as 1 point and 0.5 units, or 2 points, or as 2.5 units; and 2. 

The second use of 1.5 in betting is important to keep in mind because it can be more complicated to interpret certain types of bets based on the number 1.5 alone. This article will discuss the various meanings of 1.5 in betting, as well as some general guidelines on how to approach betting with this special number.

What Does 1.5 Mean in Terms of Points?

Decimal points are used to show the precise way a score is calculated. For example, when you have two people involved in an arm wrestling match, and you set the match to 1 point for a win, and 0.5 points for a draw, then the score could be 1.5 or 2.5, or it could be 0 for a perfect tie! 

In general, points are used to show the exact difference between teams or individuals in a competition. For example, if you are playing in a baseball game and you have two runs on the board and the game is tied at five runs apiece, you would typically not say the game is tied because it is “ten to five” (i.e., ten runs are scored by one team and five runs by the other team), you would say the game is tied because it is equally divided between the two teams (i.e., each team has five runs). 

Ties are not uncommon in sports and often cause problems for bettors. For example, if there is a tie in a football game and you wager on the outcome, your stake will not be refunded because there is no definite winner when the game is tied. In such cases, you should either pick a side and bet on that, or push on the game as it is: there is no sure way to accurately predict the result of a game that is tied! 

What Does 1.5 Mean in Terms of Bets?

Bets are commonly used in betting to show the amount of money or odds on an event. For example, if you bet $100 on a horse at odds of 3 to 1, that means you are wagering $300 on a horse (i.e., the $100 plus the $200 you already have in front of you) and the $100 will be returned if the horse does not win! 

The ratio between the odds (which in this example are 3 to 1) and the amount wagered shows the profit (or loss) if you win (or lose) the bet. In other words, the longer the odds, the better for the bookmaker (or casino), and the worse it is for the bettor. If the odds are 3 to 1 and you wager $100, then you will receive $300 if you win, or $100 if you lose. 

Just like with points, the use of bets is not restricted to sports and can be applied to any type of event. You can use bets to show the difference in skill between two individuals or a team of individuals, or to show the amount of support one team or individual has over another. Bets can also be used in a variety of other ways that are not directly related to odds and games! 

General Guidelines

With all of this information in mind, it is time to address some general guidelines on how to use 1.5 in betting. 

  • Do not use 1.5 in bets unless the odds of the event are difficult to calculate (e.g., a super bowl game that is tied late in the 4th quarter)
  • Try to avoid using fractions in bets (i.e., 1.5 is usually best used to show the difference in two whole numbers)
  • When using 1.5 in a wager, always make sure that the odds of winning are in favor of the bettor

These guidelines will help you approach using 1.5 in betting in the right way, and they will also help ensure that you always understand what 1.5 means when you use it.