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How Do Betting Odds Work In Casino & Sports Betting

There are a few different variations of Vegas odds boards, but as long as you understand spread, moneyline, and total bets, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. You’ll notice in the example above that odds are not given for the spread and over/under bets. While you can assume the odds are likely between -130 and +110 for each side, you’ll have to ask the cashier or look at your betting ticket after placing the bet. Data from more than 1,700 bets was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking for our 2021 annual review.

We can calculate Ottawa’s (+110) implied probability of winning the game using this same formula. We cannot use this to calculate Pittsburgh’s, however, because they have negative odds. Imagine in the above example you took the Lions at +17.5 then watched them run the kickoff back. Now, you can take 49ers -11.5 and have a chance to win both bets if the Niners win by 12-17. This means bettors must win more than 50% of the time to break even. In fact, on point spread betting at -110, the breakeven point comes out to 52.38%.

Moneylines are one of the most common types of bets in sports betting. Few, if any, sportsbooks do not offer moneyline wagers to their customers. It’s up to you to compare betting odds and pick your betting market. If you’re new to sports betting, we’d recommend sticking to ‘safer’ bets with lower odds until you get to grips with how it works exactly. Teaser bets are usually available for basketball and football events.

A rotation number helps you quickly identify the bet you’re looking for, especially when there are hundreds to pick from. If the spread is -3 for the Bears, that means it is +3 for the Vikings. Decimal style betting odds are very simple to understand, but you won’t see them displayed in many North American sportsbooks. With that said, most online betting sites will allow you to chose the style of betting odds you want displayed, with American odds set as the default. Many people don’t know how to read or calculate sports betting odds, so below we have done our best on explaining how betting odds work.

Notice if the book offered an even payout with Team A +7 and Team B -7, you could bet both sides and break even. Hence, the vig exists, forcing you to pay a fee in exchange for your bet. Thus, both teams are priced evenly, often called a “pick’em” and denoted as “pk.” Yet, you won’t just get an even money payout on either team. You must pay a small fee no matter which side you take, which leads us to juice – or vig. Combine that with home field, and the betting market sees a closely matched contest. Hence, Green Bay entering as favorites, but favorites expected to prevail by just 3 points.

Betting on underdogs in any sport typically allows you to risk less in order to win more. Remember, however, that there’s a reason they are the underdog, whether it’s a rookie season, there’s been a recent injury, or they face serious competition. To calculate Alvarez’s probability of winning the match, we do the same thing. Let’s say, hypothetically, odds are 11/8, meaning if the fight happened 19 times (11 + 8), Alvarez would lose 11 times and win 8 times. Say you thought one team had a 60% chance of winning, and it was available at 52.4% implied probability.