You have to admit it’s fairly spectacular when a team walks out onto the turf and immediately starts racking up points. It’s one thing to watch the action live, but seeing it in slow motion is something else. Especially when you place a bet on the game and suddenly want to cancel it just as the opposing team is going down.
What’s happening? Is the referee’s whistle about to be blown? Has the game just ended? Has an injury bug bitten the other team, leaving them unable to defend themselves? You have no idea but you must act fast!
When you place a bet on a game, you are effectively committing to the result of the match. In other words, you are saying “I will pay this amount of money to either side should they agree to a contest and the outcome is in question.” In football betting, this is known as a ‘line’ and it can be confusing to those who haven’t used it before.
What is a ‘line’?
A line is simply the amount of money you are prepared to wager on a given event, team, or game. For example, if you wager £10 on Manchester United to win the Premier League, the return would be £20. This means you stand to win £10 if Manchester United wins and lose £10 if they lose. In other words, your risk is £10 and your potential return is £20. You can see how this could be a bit confusing to those who aren’t accustomed to gambling. When you hear or read the word ‘line’, you must assume that the writer or speaker is talking about football betting. This will become more apparent as we continue.
What Is The Appeal Of Using Lines On Football?
Using lines on football offers the advantage of both probability and risk. This is important because, as we mentioned earlier, you are committing to the result of the game. What does this mean in practice?
Say you bet £100 on Manchester United to win the Premier League. This is a pretty bold wager, especially seeing how the favorite odds are usually 2-to-1 or more. There is a very high chance that Manchester United will win the game, but there is also the risk that they will lose and you will lose your £100 bet. Now, if you wanted to hedge your bet, you could try and lay another bet on Manchester City, but you would have to commit to the result of the game all over again.
Using a line on a football game removes the element of luck from the equation. It is similar to using a VHF radio frequency to communicate with someone on the other end of a crowded park, only in this case, the VHF is the referee and his whistle. In other words, the game’s outcome is predetermined by the oddsmakers, but you must act fast before the results are posted. The appeal of using lines on football is that everything is done in advance, which in turn, reduces both anxiety and uncertainty. When you are considering a wager of £100 or more, you want to make sure that you are doing so with as little stress and uncertainty as possible. Therefore, you may not want to put all of your eggs in one basket by placing everything on a single team. Why not spread your bets among a few teams or players, whose results are more likely to converge in your favor? This is when using lines is preferable to individual bet placement. It also allows you to gauge how each individual team or player is going to behave before you invest in their form. Last but not least, it is always satisfying to see how your money is doing after the game has ended. You can’t do this when placing individual bets, as they don’t accumulate over time like accounts do.
Should You Use Lines Or Place Your Bets Individually?
There isn’t really a set answer to this question. It depends on a number of factors. The type of game you are betting on, the size of your wager, and how experienced or lucky you want to be will determine which option is best for you. Say you are planning on betting on the Superbowl this year and you have never used lines in your life. In this case, it may be best to try them out and see how they work first hand. After the excitement of the game has died down and you are able to think clearly, you may realize that you aren’t cut out for betting. In these situations, it is always preferable to place your bets individually and spread your risk around. There is simply too much uncertainty when combining multiple bets into one, especially when it comes to sports with lots of variation, such as football. Another thing to keep in mind is the maximum bet limit for individual betting. This varies by state and province but is typically set at £100. This means you can’t bet more than £100 on any given game or event. If you wager £200 at a time, you will be penalized by your bookmaker. You can see how this can get rather tedious if you are a frequent gambler. This is why using lines is preferable in situations like these. You aren’t able to place as many individual bets as you would with multiple line bets, because each individual bet must be placed within the bookmakers’ allowed credit limit. If you want to bet big on football, you are better off using multiple line bets. There is always a possibility that some bookmakers will not allow you to place certain wagers, due to state restrictions or whatever other reason. This is why it is always a good idea to check with the bookmakers before placing a bet. You can contact them by telephone or email and ask if they have any restrictions regarding the type of bets you want to place. If they do, you may have to search for a different bookmaker. In this case, either way, you lose out on the opportunity to place that big wager you were talking about. This is why most big time gamblers use multiple line bets when betting on football. It’s the only way to go about betting big on this exciting sport. If you are new to betting, it may be a good idea to start small and use lines on games where you can learn the ropes. This gives you the optimum advantage of both probability and risk.