Get ready to make some serious money! Just kidding. Sort of. It’s time for some football (soccer to you North Americans).
In the US, Canada, and a few other countries, football (or soccer as they call it elsewhere) is a widely followed sport. Follow the games and you’ll have a chance to wager on the outcomes. This is called “rot betting” or “rolling sports bets,” and it’s one of the most popular ways to play. You may have heard of the bookmaker’s advantage, which is how online betting platforms make their money—they take a slice of the action and then some.
But what is rot betting? How does it work?
How Do I Bet On Football (Soccer) Games?
As the name implies, you won’t find many places to bet on football (soccer) games. The majority of online sportsbooks only offer a select group of games for wagering, and those games are either spread across multiple sports or focus on a single sport but with a variety of rulesets.
That being said, you can easily find a bookmaker that does offer the full range of football (soccer) games. But before you place a bet, you should understand how each game’s final score will affect the outcome of the game, and that’s not always easy to predict. That’s where savvy bettors come in.
On the surface, football (soccer) may not seem like a complicated game to figure out. After all, it’s basically just a bunch of people running around in a football field trying to score goals (touchdown) and avoid getting injured (touchdown).
Well, yes, there’s a lot more to it than that. Even pros have a hard time precisely articulating all the strategy and mental workload that goes into each game. That’s why many football (soccer) fans find it difficult to explain or even remember the intricacies of the sport. Still, the basic premise is simple enough—you play the game and either you win or lose based on the final score.
What Is The Strategy In Rot Betting?
Consider this scenario: You’ve just opened a new sportsbook account with a reputable bookmaker. You’ve deposited a few hundred dollars into your account and you want to indulge in some football (soccer) madness. You’ve got your eye on a particular matchup and you want to place a rot bet on the game. Here’s how you do it.
- Navigate to the NFL section of the sportsbook.
- Find the listing for the game you want to wager on.
- Click the “Bets” tab at the top of the page.
- A list of currently active bets will appear. You want to place a rot bet, so you’ll click on the “+ Add Bet” button at the top of the page.
- A window with the current market information will open. You’ll see the current line, which is usually displayed as a percentage of the total amount of money wagered on that game. This is called the “market share” and it determines how likely you are to win your bet. You want to bet on the favorites in most cases, so the odds are usually in your favor.
- Type in a coin toss or other nickname for the football (soccer) team you’re betting on.
- Click the green “Place Bet” button.
Now you’ve got a game to follow. If you’re a seasoned fan of European football (soccer), you may have to wait a little while for the results to come in. For most North American fans, the action will start quickly since the games are usually held during peak hours. Once the action starts, you can track the score and know if you won or lost your bet. There are no intricate strategies involved here. Instead, there’s just you, a bookmaker, and a TV.
Is It Legal To Bet On Football (Soccer) In The US?
It’s legal to bet on football (soccer) in the US as long as it’s not against the law in your state. The majority of states have laws that prohibit sports betting, but it’s perfectly legal to place a wager on the Olympic Games, college sports, and professional sports in New York City. There are also federal laws that prohibit sports betting, but they only apply to games held on NFL team sports fields.
One of the best places to look for legal betting options is the NBA official website. Just remember that not all states allow for online betting, so you’ll have to check with the state lottery commission before making any online wagers.
How Do I Win In Rot Betting?
Let’s say you’re really good at math. Or geography. Or both. You’re probably wondering how you can possibly bet on football (soccer) and still come out on top. It comes down to simple probability, or in this case, “the formula for predicting the outcome of a game,” which is what you’ll need to know in order to place a rot bet.
The first step is to find the outcome of the game that you’re interested in betting on. For the sake of this example, we’ll use the NFL game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll assume that you want to bet on the underdogs, the Giants, and that you’ve backed them on the moneyline with your credit card.
Next, you’ll need to know the score of the game, which in this case is 42-31 in favor of the New York Giants.
Now you can calculate the formula for predicting the final score of the game. First, take the total number of points scored in the game (in this case, 41) and subtract the number of points scored by the underdog (in this case, 31). The remainder is equal to the final score (in this case, 42-31). In this example, you would win your bet.
Not sure if you’ve won or lost yet? Check the results of other users’ bets in relation to yours. If you’re the 45th person to place a bet on the Giants this year, then you’ll win your bet based on the formula above. If you’re the 4652nd person to place a bet on the underdog, then you’ll lose your bet since 42-31 does not equal 42-34, as the 45th person would have won.
Betting on football (soccer) is a popular pastime in many parts of the world, but perhaps not in North America. Still, with the growth of Esports betting as a legitimate form of esports competition, fans of participating teams may find themselves doing a little rot betting from time to time.