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In this game, Miami is playing at Dallas and Dallas is the favorite and Miami is the underdog. The home team is usually listed second. If you bet on Dallas you give 3 points. This means that for you to win Dallas has to win by 4 or more points.
If you bet on Miami you get 3 points. This means you win if Miami wins the game outright or if they lose by 1 or 2 points. You also win if the game ends in a tie. Half points are often part of a plus or minus line wager. This makes a tie or push impossible. In this example, if you bet on Philadelphia you win the bet if they win the game outright or lose by 4 or fewer points. Money lines are a type of bet where you bet on who you think is going to win the contest. The money line is still listed with a plus or minus number, but they signify how much you need to bet or can win.
Favorites are listed with a minus number and underdogs are listed with a positive number. On a money line for a favorite with a negative number it means you have to bet this much to win On a money line with a positive number for an underdog, the number is the amount you win if you bet In evenly matched games or contests you might see a money line with both teams at — or — This means you can bet on either team by betting to win or betting to win You can bet any amount between the minimum and maximum amount the sports book will accept.
The numbers are adjusted to fit your wager. To quickly determine the amounts divide by your bet amount and then divide the line by the result. You can use the same concept if you want to bet less on a minus money line. If you want to bet instead of on Baltimore at — you bet to win If you want to bet more than or the negative line you simply multiply the possible win by your bet divided by or the minus line. If you think the two teams will score more combined points you bet on the over and bet on the under if you think the final scores will total less than the line.
The fee is built into money line bets and is represented by the difference in the lines. The most common form of vig is when you bet on plus and minus lines.
You need to risk more than you can win in these situations. When you place a wager with vig and win you get your vig back, so you only pay vig when you lose. When the sports books accept the same amount of bets on each side of a contest they lock in a profit. The book takes 11, to win 10, on team A and 11, to win 10, on team B. If team A wins the book gives the winners back their 11, and 10, from the losers.
This leaves a profit of 1, for the book. The same thing happens if team B wins. Sports books rarely receive the exact same amount on each side of a contest, but over the course of hundreds or thousands of games or matches they lock in a profit as long as they post good lines. The books also adjust the line when they get too much bet on one side of a game. They move the line to encourage more bettors to place wagers on the side they have a lower amount of money bet on. When they move the line this way it also discourages more bets on the side they have more money wagered on.
The main places you can place bets are in a land based sports book or at an online sports book. The other options are using a bookie or placing bets with other people you know. Land based sports books are available in many parts of the world. But sports betting is illegal in many areas as well. Some places the book is in a casino and in others the book is a standalone business.
Even where sports betting is clearly illegal most people can find an online business willing to take their bets.