What Does ‘Spread’ Mean in Betting Trends?

While most people are more than happy to be “lucky” and make the most of the current betting trends, there are others who want to make sure they are not being fooled by “trend manipulation”. The latter usually accuse the former of being “blind”, “lacking in awareness”, or even “dishonest”. However, many people are not exactly sure what “trend manipulation” means. Let’s clear the air and demystify this concept so that you can make more informed decisions about your betting habits.

Basic Rules

Before we start, it’s important to establish a few basic rules regarding sports betting. First of all, the line moves fast in sports betting, so you will always have to act fast to make the most of the current trends. Secondly, only make bets you can afford to lose. Last but not least, study the stats and form guides before heading into the fray. The understanding of these basic guidelines will help you make the right choice every time, and help you avoid many of the pitfalls that come with newbie-hood. With that out of the way, let’s dive into an in-depth explanation of what ‘trend manipulation’ means in sports betting.

What Is ‘Trend Manipulation’

When you lose a wager, the bookmaker will deduct it from your available funds. However, sometimes a bookmaker will make you a promise to pay if certain betting trends continue or if a certain match turns out the way you want. In other words, they are trying to “manipulate” the odds in their favor. Essentially, this is when a bookmaker encourages you to bet on a certain team or player because they promise large rewards if their prediction comes true.

This type of manipulation is not illegal, though many bettors see it as a form of manipulation. In an effort to combat this, many bookmakers have started using statistical analysis to determine the likelihood of certain outcomes. In other words, they use metrics and indicators to determine the probability of any given result.

For example, let’s say you are watching the Golden State Warriors – San Antonio Spurs game and you believe that the Warriors are going to win. Normally, you would have to bet $100 on the Warriors to make sure you win $100, but the bookmaker, wanting to encourage more people to bet on the Warriors, extends the odds in favor of the Spurs. In this case, you would have to bet $110 to win $100.

This is a trend manipulation scenario, and it is a form of manipulation because the bookmaker is encouraging you to bet on the defending champions even though you believe the other team is stronger. For more experienced sports bettors, this may seem obvious, but for many newbies, it may still be a bit of a mystery. In an effort to combat this, some platforms have extended their customer support to include teaching customers about this type of betting manipulation so that they can make more informed decisions about their betting habits.

Types Of Trend Manipulations

There are several types of trend manipulation, and they can all be quite persuasive. However, most bookmakers will attempt to hide their intentions, so it is often up to the keen-eyed to see what is really going on.

The first type of manipulation is known as the “betting cycle”. Essentially, this is when a bookmaker takes your money and, while appearing to be a skilled and experienced handicapper, they are instead just taking your money with no real plan other than to continue doing so.

In the example above, the bookmaker took you down the betting cycle route, but instead of leading to the finals, it ended with the New York Yankees winning the World Series. To break even on this bet, you would have to win the World Series (a feat that has only been achieved by the Yankees twice), and the bet is still unpaid. In this case, the bookmaker was trying to get you to keep betting on them even though they could not guarantee they would win, and in the process, milked you of all your available funds.

To end the betting cycle and escape the “traps” that the bookmaker has laid for you, all you need to do is ignore their calls or cut them off at the pass. As a general rule of thumb, if the line moves too quickly towards your side of the bet (i.e. the betting win), it is usually a sign that the bookmaker is at the end of their rope and want to get the bet settled as soon as possible. In that case, you should consider walking away with your money and avoiding trouble for both of you. This scenario will most often happen when a team or player you are supporting unexpectedly loses. In case you decide to stay and try to win back your money, be prepared to lose it all because the line will most likely move even further in your favor in an attempt to shut you out.

The second type of trend manipulation is known as “layering”. This is when a bookmaker takes your money and then adds an extra layer of complexity to the bet. To understand what layering is and how it works, it is important to first understand the concept of “reversal”. In case you are not exactly sure what reversal is, it is basically the act of taking a losing wager and making it a winning wager. For example, if you wager $10 on the New York Yankees and they win, you will receive $20 in winnings. However, if the Yankees lose, you will lose the $20 you wagered plus the $10 you originally bet on New York. To avoid this, some bookmakers will add another wager to the mix. In the example above, you could potentially add another $10 wager on the Philadelphia Phillies to win the game. In this case, the $30 total you wager will have two winning outcomes; either the Yankees win and you win $40, or the Phillies win and you win $30. In other words, you are trying to make up for your earlier loss. Layering is usually done to encourage more people to wager on a team or player because it is often difficult for newbies to figure out exactly what is going on. For example, if you are watching a close game and it looks like one team is dominating the other, but there is a large number of combined bets on the underdog team, it may be a sign that the bookmaker is trying to encourage more people to back that team because it is difficult to predict the winner of a close game. In this case, the bookmaker is using layering to get you to keep wagering on them even though they may be dominated by the other team. In the end, you will lose more than you win because you will need to break even on the entire wager before you can recoup your losses. For this reason, many sportsbooks will go through periods of time where they do not want to accept wagers on certain teams or players because they are afraid that, in the end, they will lose more than they win. This is why, during those periods, you will not find many options for wagers except maybe props like “Will the Golden State Warriors blow their opponents out of the water?

The Psychology Behind It All

To understand why bookmakers do what they do, it is important to first understand the psychology behind gambling. For many people, gambling is a way of escaping reality or troubles. It is also a way of experiencing feelings of “accomplishment” or “fulfillment” that they may not experience in their daily lives. Essentially, they are trying to “replace” that which they lack in their own lives with money that they can gamble. In this case, they are trying to escape the problems of life with a few hours of entertainment. While this might seem like a harmless or even beneficial activity, it can also lead to addiction. For this reason, it is always a good idea to approach gambling with a bit of a wary eye.