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NFl Betting


In American football games, rather than varying the money odds (which can be substantial in lopsided matches), the point spread is used. A point spread wager typically requires a bettor to risk $110 to win $100, the extra $10 is the sportsbook's vig, or vigorish if the wager loses.

Sports bettors backing the favorite collect only if their team wins by more than a specific victory margin, which is set at the time of the wager. This way the underdog bettors can collect even when their team loses, as long as they cover the point spread by losing by fewer points than were quoted by the bookmaker.

For example, say a college football game between Penn State and Notre Dame has Penn State as a 27 point favorite (quoted as Penn State -27, or Notre Dame +27):

If Penn State defeats Notre Dame by more than 27 points, bettors on Penn State would receive $100 on a $110 bet. Notre Dame bettors lose the $110 they wagered.

If Notre Dame defeats Penn State, bettors on Kansas would receive $100 on a $110 bet. Penn State bettors lose the $110 they wagered.

If Notre Dame loses by less than 27 points, they have covered the spread. Bettors on both sides are then treated exactly as if Notre Dame had won the game.

If Penn State wins by exactly 27 points, the wager is called a "push", and neither side wins. Standard practice by U.S. bookmakers is to return the stakes of all bettors on the game in full. To prevent pushes and ensure that they receive their commission on losing wagers, bookmakers often set point spreads that include a half-point.

Another common wager available for sporting events involves predicting the combined total score between the competing teams in a game. Such wagers are known as "totals" or "over/unders."

For example, the Penn State/Notre Dame football game described above might have a total of 55 points. A bettor could wager that both teams will combine for over 55 points, and play the "over." Or, he could predict that the score will fall under this amount, and play the "under." As with point spreads, sporstbooks frequently set the totals at a number involving a half-point (i.e., 55.5), to reduce the occurrence of pushes.

Alternative Bets


These are wagers made on a very specific outcome of a match. Examples include guessing the number of goals each team scores in a soccer match, betting whether a wide receiver in a football game will net more or less than a set amount of total yardage, or wagering that a baseball player on one team will accumulate more hits than another player on the opposing team.


A parlay involves multiple bets (usually up to 12) and rewards successful bettors with a large payout. For example, a bettor could include four different wagers in a four-team parlay, whereby he is wagering that all four bets will win. If any of the four bets fails to cover, the bettor loses the parlay, but if all four bets win, the bettor receives a substantially higher payout (usually 10-1 in the case of a four-teamer) than if he made the four wagers separately.


Like a parlay, a teaser is the combination of multiple straight wagers, and the line is moved in your favor. These are two or more teams or propositions in which additional points are either added to the underdog or subtracted to the favorite. A teaser allows you to move the line much more dramatically than buying points allows (up to 14 points in some cases). Many sports bettors play teasers because of the increased odds in the players favor.


Also known as a Reverse Teaser, a Pleaser is a group of side straight bets combined into one bet for higher payoff odds, like a Parlay. The difference between a Pleaser and a Teaser is that with a Pleaser, the line you bet against for each individual wager is moved against your favor by 6 points. A Pleaser is similar to a Teaser except that with a pleaser you GIVE AWAY points instead of receiving points. If the regular line is -10 your line with the pleaser would be -16. Most sports bettors play teasers because of the increased odds in the players favor.


An IF bet is a selection of two straight wagers joined together on one bet by an "if" clause. This type of wager allows you to limit your risk by placing two straight bets on one betting ticket. Your second bet will only have action "if" the first bet in the sequence is successful. An "if" bet is also useful if you want to make multiple (2-6) straight bets, but do not have adequate funds in your account to cover the extra bets unless the first bet wins.


An Action-Reverse bet is a pair of If Action bets. The pairs are made by taking the original If Action wager and placing another If Action wager in reverse order. Not only is it a wager that if A wins or pushes, then B, but also If B wins or pushes then A.


A Rolling If Bet (RIF) allows you to make a wager pending the outcome of a previously placed wager that is currently in progress, or has yet to begin. With RIF wagers you are able to "roll" one wager into another one. Rolling If Bets are "if win only" or "if win or push (or cancel)."


This bet predicts a future accomplishment by a team or player. One example is a bet that a certain NFL team will win the Super Bowl for the upcoming season. Odds for such a bet generally are expressed in a ratio of units paid to unit wagered. The team wagered upon might be 50-1 to win the Super Bowl, which means that the bet will pay 50 times the amount wagered if the team does so.

Football betting is by far the most popular form of online wagering and betting. Betting on football gives the bettor one advantage when wagering- in football, there are fewer games than baseball and basketball. Whether your interest is in college football betting or pro football betting, YouWager.eu is ready handle all of wagering needs.

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