Sports Betting 101


Betting involves placing a stake on an event or outcome and has the potential to yield more than you invest. However, it’s important to note that betting is not the same as gambling. While gambling relies on chance, betting can involve research and is a more calculated risk than simply hoping for the best.

Value betting involves identifying opportunities where the odds are in your favour, thereby increasing your expected profit over time. This requires a significant amount of time and effort, so it’s important to be patient and stick to a strategy. However, it’s also important to understand that you may not see a positive return on investment right away. This is due to the large number of bets required to reach statistical significance.

Line movement: Odds on a specific event or team can fluctuate based on injury news, player/coach status and overall action. For example, if a team’s starting quarterback sustains an injury in practice four days ahead of a game, the sportsbook may temporarily take that game off the board until more information is available. This is known as a “sharp” move, and it’s usually the result of high-stakes professional bettors taking advantage of a sportsbook’s over- or under-estimate of the opposing team’s chances of winning.

Totals: A wager on the combined number of points, goals, rebounds, wins, saves, birdies or aces in a sporting event. If a total ends up higher than a sportsbook’s predetermined amount, you win. If it ends up lower, you lose.