There are a number of differnt ways to wager on professional sports

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of the most common ones. Over-under bets, also known as ?totals,? have the bettor

wager against a number representing the total points scored in the game, betting on

whether more or fewer total points will be scored. In an NFL game, if the bookmaker?s

total is 38, an ?under? wager will win if fewer than 38 points are scored

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wager will win if more than 38 points are scored. If exactly 38 points are scored, all bets

are considered ties and no money changes hands.

A bettor typically gives the same 11-to-10 odds on over-under bets that I described

above, but some bookies will try to charge 6-to-5 (an 8.3 percent edge) on over-unders.

If you want to be consistently

successful betting over-unders, stay away from bookies who have either of these rules.

The usual way to bet sports is in single-game bets at 11-to-10 odds. This can be a

bet on one team against the point spread, or an over- under bet on the total points scored

in the game. However, there are other types of bets offered by bookies that seem

appealing on the surface because they offer bonuses that don?t exist on straight onegame-

at-a-time bets. Let?s examine a few

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?sucker? bets.

In parlay bets, a bettor chooses two or more teams against the point spread and

all must win for the bettor to collect. Thus, going 1-1 (one win and one loss) on a twoteam

parlay produces the same result as going 0-2. In either case, the bettor loses. Twoteam

parlays usually pay 13-to-5 odds. If someone bets $50 on such a parlay and both

teams win, he collects $130. If either or both team lose, he loses the original $50

investment. On a three-team parlay

Nike Air Force 1 Bianche Scontate , a bettor who wins all three games is usually paid at

6-to-1 odds. Losing any of the three games counts as a loss. A winning $50 bet gives the

bettor a $300 profit. In the rare event of a tie in any of the games (the margin of victory is

exactly the spread) the parlay is reduced to the next lower number of games. For instance,

a tie and two wins on a three-team parlay makes the bet a two-team parlay (at 13-5 odds).

Because the odds of winning one game are 1 in 2, and the odds of winning the

second game are 1 in 2, multiplied together the odds of winning both games in a twogame

parlay are 1 in 4, or 3-to-1 against. Thus, the fa ir payout odds should be 15-to-5

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but they aren?t, they?re 13-to-5. On a two- game $50 parlay there are three ways the bettor

can lose $50 (Team A loses, Team B loses, or both teams lose) and one way the bettor

can win $130 (both win). On average the bettor will lose $150 (3 4 losses) for each time

he wins $130 (1 4 wins). The bettor will in the long run lose $20 of every $200 he risks,

for a 10% disadvantage?more than double the 4.55% disadvantage that a bettor faces

betting one game at a time giving 11-to-10 odds! The odds only get worse as the bettor

picks more and more teams in the hopes of cashing in on higher payouts.

A variation of parlays is parlay cards , or ?sheets

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least three games from a list, the typical payoff for winning all three being 5-to-1. The

payoffs for correctly picking more games get more and more enticing, but the odds of

winning are worse. In most instances, any game ending in a tie against the spread results

in the whole card being considered a loss. Also, parlay-card bettors are almost always

required to put their money upfront before the games are played, and count on the

operator to pay if he wins.

Parlay cards feature even worse odds because they require at least three games

picked and the payouts are worse (5-to-1 instead of the usual 6-to-1 on a normal threegame

parlay). Millions of people get suckered into playing sheets because the payoffs

seem so lucrative. However

Scarpe Nike Air Force 1 Scontate , what they do not realize is as the payoffs grow, the odds

against them skyrocket.

Reverses are almost always bet with illegal bookies. The most common reverse is

the two-team reverse, where the bettor picks two teams against a spread, and both must

win. Although the bettor is paid 4-to-1 odds if both teams cover the spread, the same

bettor is penalized if he goes 1-and-1 on the bets. Using a $100 reverse as an example,

here are the potential outcomes:

A) Both picks win ? the bettor wins $400 ? 1 in 4 chance

B) One pick wins

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loses $220 on the second for a total loss of $120 ? 2 in 4 chance

C) Both picks lose ? the bettor loses $220 ? 1 in 4 chance

Reverses are another sucker bet but continue to attract people hoping to cash in on 4-

to-1 odds. Like two-team parlays, there are four possible outcomes with a $100 reverse,

illustrated above. For every $880 risked, ($220 risked for each of the four possible

outcomes) the bettor in the long term will lose $460 for every $400 won. The $60 loss on

a total of $880 risked means the odds against you are 6.8%; nearly 50% greater than a

standard one- game bet.

TIP: The best bet is betting the point spread or over- under on individual games. 11-

to-10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give. As a savvy bettor, resist the

urge to spring for appealing payoffs in the hopes of bucking serious odds against you.

This leads us to the Second Rule of sports wagering:

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