It's a busy time of year in the sports world, and fans across are making plenty of mobile sports bets. With legal USA sports betting in more places than ever, sports fans from coast to coast are placing their first bets. If you're thinking about placing your first legal football sports bet or basketball sports bet and aren't sure where to start, all it takes is learning a few common sports betting terms and studying the sports betting glossary. Whether you are glued to Sunday football or can't wait to watch your favorite basketball team each night, there is a sports betting type that will work for you. Below, we have put a quick sports betting glossary to get you started.
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Sports book betting guide, glossary, terms
Before you play, make sure you know the common betting terms you'll see. There are dozens of ways to bet on sports, and this handy sports betting guide can help you figure out what some of the most popular sports betting terminology means.
Money line: If you want to play along with soccer's biggest tournament, this betting style is for you. If Belgium is listed as a -200 favorite against Canada, that means that you'd need to bet $200 on Belgium to return $100 on that side to win. If Canada is the +200 underdog, you could win $200 on a $100 bet.
Outright: This popular betting style requires you to pick one athlete to win an entire sporting event. This sports betting method is very often used for wagering on golf tournaments, car races and title fights.
Prop bet: Another easy and popular bet to place, a prop bet involves wagering on outcomes other than the final score of a game. Common prop bets include how many touchdowns a running back will score or how many three-point shots a basketball player will hit.
Against the spread: The best way to play along this football season is with a spread bet. If Indianapolis is listed as the 7.5-point favorite against Pittsburgh, that side must win by 8 points or more to cover the spread. Pittsburgh can cover the spread by winning outright or losing by 7 or fewer to cover.
Push: If neither team in a game can cover the spread, the result is a "tie" or push. If Philadelphia closes as a three-point favorite against Washington and then wins the game 27-24, neither team covers the spread and all bets are returned.
Teaser: This is a special kind of bet that lets you adjust the points spread in football. If your two favorite football teams are seven-point favorites and you are unsure if they will cover their spreads, you can use a six-point teaser to drop each team to a -1 favorite and only need two points to cover. Both the risk and reward are lower.
Parlay: This betting style involves putting two or more sides on one wager and all sides must win, so the risk is higher but so is the reward. A $100 bet on a four-team parlay at 11-1 odds could return $1,100 if all four sides win. But if only three sides win, the bet is a loser.
Over-Under: Play along with your favorite basketball team by placing one of these bets. If a sportsbook sets the Over/Under for a game between Phoenix and Utah at 210, you wager whether you think the final score will hit over or under 210.
Futures: You aren't limited to wagering on games happening right now. Futures bets let you wager on sports outcomes that will take place months from now. The basketball season has barely begun, but you can still place a futures bet on which team will win each conference.
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