What Is Under- and Over- in Betting?

Many people can quickly get into betting with either side down. They place a couple of bets and get reasonably happy with the results. They learn a bit about probability and odds and everything seems to be going well. That is, until they realize that they are actually losing money. They then go back and forth for a bit between winning and losing, but soon discover that they are actually still losing. That is when they leave the game entirely, frustrated and confused as to how they could be doing so poorly.

The reason why this happens is because there are many different types of betting that people can get into. There is under- and over- betting as well as all-around betting. It is important for people to understand these terms and how they apply to them so that they can make better informed decisions about their money and their bets. Let’s take a closer look at each of these types of betting:

Under- and Over-

In under- and over- betting, you are only playing against the house. This means that even if you are betting small amounts, you are still risking your entire bankroll. If you are going to be taking that kind of risk anyway, it might as well be with the house rather than some other player.

The main advantage of under- and over- betting is that the house takes all of the risk while you get to reap all of the benefits. You do not have to worry about liquidity as there is always someone willing to take your bet, and you do not have to worry about your bankroll as the house protects you from losing more than you can afford to lose. Finally, you do not have to wait for others to act before you can act, because the house is acting for you.

There is one major disadvantage though. You will always have the risk of ruinous over- or under- bets. You will never truly know what the outcome of a game will be, so you will never be able to determine how much you should actually be betting. You need to learn to balance this out against the advantages. In some instances, this can be quite difficult, since there is no way for you to know what kind of shape your bankroll is in. You could find yourself betting large sums of money on very risky endeavors without even realizing it.


In all-around betting, you are putting yourself on the same field as the house. This means that you are competing against the casino rather than other players. The house has the advantage of knowing the rules of the game and they usually have all the tools to maximize their profits. You, on the other hand, have to learn to play well enough to beat the house but you also need to be smart enough to avoid losing your entire bankroll.

One major advantage of all-around betting is that since you are competing against the casino, they have to respect your bankroll. They will not want to risk their profits by taking unfair advantage of you. This sometimes means that they will have to give you better odds or even let you withdraw more money when you win (in the form of a sign-up bonus). It also means that they cannot “collude” to take advantage of you. There is still the possibility, however, that they could stack the deck against you. In this case, you would have to analyze the fairness of the game and the integrity of the house with your own eyes before entering into an agreement with them.

The disadvantage of all-around betting is that since you are competing against the casino rather than other players, they have the advantage of knowing the rules of the game and usually have all the tools to make the most of them. You, on the other hand, have to learn the rules of poker as well as play well enough to beat the casino but also have to be smart enough to avoid losing your entire bankroll.


In longshot betting, you are taking a huge risk with a small potential return. This type of betting is usually associated with baseball betting, but it can be done in many different sports. In baseball, for example, if you bet on the Cubs, you are probably going to lose your money, but if you bet on the Reds, you could potentially turn a large profit. This type of bet is extremely risky and usually only done by people willing to risk it all on a longshot. The advantage of longshot betting is that you will not be required to risk as much as you would in an ordinary bet. This could mean that you might be able to lose a smaller amount of money but it also means you could win a larger amount. The disadvantage of this type of betting is that you are taking a massive risk with a small potential profit.

To give you some perspective on how much larger the potential profit can be in longshot betting, let’s take a look at how much the potential profit could be in the example above. If the Cubs win the game, your expectation is that they will win by a small margin. You put down a $10 wager on the Cubs and they win by 4 runs. Your winnings would be $14 plus your $10 wager, for a total of $24. The house takes out a $10,000 bet on the Reds winning by 2 runs. They win the game by 6 runs and take home $20,000. Your loss would be $4 plus your $10 wager, for a total of $14. The loss would be the same whether the game was 10 runs or 20 runs.


In a blowout bet, almost everyone wins. You are taking on most of the risk and reaping most of the rewards. In a blowout bet, you will be placing a large wager in comparison to the amount you are risking. This kind of bet is usually associated with casino betting and it is done for fun rather than for profit. Sometimes people even get a little carried away and bet large amounts in the name of good fun. Most people who play casino poker have no regard for money (at least not while they are playing) and that is why they love to play with blowouts. When someone wins a huge amount, especially if they are winning consistently, it is very common for people to become inspired and put down even larger wagers. This can lead to problems with the house and bad publicity for the casino. If you are playing for fun and have no regard for money, then this is the kind of bet you should avoid like the plague.

In Conclusion

There are many different ways to bet on sports. It is important to understand the different types of risks and rewards involved in order to make better choices about whether or not to bet on any specific sporting event. The types of risks that you take will depend on what level of betting you are doing and who you are betting against. Having a general understanding of these terms will help you decide if betting is right for you in the first place and it will let you decide whether or not to place specific bets. When it comes down to choosing the right side in a head-to-head matchup, it can be quite difficult to know which one to choose. That is why it is important to look at all the different types of bets and their characteristics rather than just going with your first impulse. Thinking things through thoroughly and choosing an option that is right for you, rather than impulsively choosing the first option that comes to mind, is how you should approach all types of decision-making in life, not just betting.