# How to Play the Over/Under in Sports Betting

The over/under is a type of parlay bet that first appeared in football in the US in the early 1900s. The bet itself is simple: you either bet that the total number of points scored by both teams will be less than the number of points that a team scores on its own (the over part of the bet), or that the total will be greater (the under part of the bet). If you get both parts of the bet correct, you win. If you get either part wrong, you lose. Most bookmakers will list the over/under bet a little more favourably than other types of parlay bets because there’s more money to be made from it. Because of this, and its popularity in the NFL, the over/under has been around long enough for most people to know what it is and how it works. However, not many people know how to play the over/under in sports betting correctly, which is why most people lose money when betting on games. This article is going to teach you the basics of betting on games with an over/under point spread, including how to calculate your odds and maximize your profit.

## How to Calculate Your Odds

When you place a wager on a sporting event, your goal is to maximize your potential earnings. To do this, you need to know how to calculate your odds. Odds are simply the odds of something happening. For example, if you’re betting on the New York Yankees to win the World Series, the odds of the Yankees winning the Series would be 5/8 (or ⅕ on a dollar bet). This means that if you put \$100 on the Yankees to win the Series, you would win \$500 (or \$100 on a dollar bet). Calculating odds is pretty easy, and it’s actually the same process that you use when calculating your winning chances when playing the lottery. To calculate the odds of the Yankees winning the World Series, you would add up all the odds of the different events occurring (the five games in the World Series) and then divide this number by the total number of chances (8). Thus, the odds of the Yankees winning the World Series would be 5/8 (or ⅕ on a dollar bet).

## How to Play the Over/Under

Now that you know how to calculate your odds, you’re ready to play the over/under. To do this, you need to find the total number of points that will be scored by both teams. You can do this by adding up the number of points that each team scores on its own, or you can use software to calculate it for you. Points scored by one team on its own do not affect your win/loss record in any way, so it’s really up to you which method you prefer. Once you know the total number of points that will be scored, you can use this number to determine your wager. For example, if you’re betting \$100, you would place a \$100 wager on whether or not the total number of points scored by both teams will be less than the sum of the points scored by each team on its own (the over part of the bet). Or, you can bet \$100 on whether or not the total will be greater (the under part of the bet).

## Why Should You Play the Over/Under?

The main reason you should play the over/under is because it’s one of the most popular types of parlay bets. It was originally designed for football, but it has since been used in a variety of other sports and contests as well. Another reason to play the over/under is because it’s simple to calculate your chances of winning. For example, if you’re betting on the New York Yankees to win the World Series, you would simply add up all the odds of the different events that make up the Series (the five games) and then divide this number by the total number of chances (8).