Sports betting is a popular form of gambling that involves predicting the outcome of sporting events. It has become increasingly popular in recent years due to a number of factors including intense media coverage, emerging technologies and an increasing acceptance of gambling in general.
Getting Started with Sports Betting
To start sports betting, you must choose a sportsbook and sign up for an account. The sign-up process usually takes just a few minutes and you can use the website or official mobile app.
A straight bet is the most common type of wager in sports betting and it consists of a single team or event. Some of the most common straight bets are on a team to win a game, a player to score a goal or a team to be leading at half time.
ATS or Against the Spread
Often referred to as “odds,” the point spread is a margin of points that the favored team must win by to cover the line. Favorites are marked with negative odds and underdogs with positive ones.
Totals/Over and Unders
Over/Under bets are another popular way to place wagers on games. They are very different from the aforementioned bets because they are not centered on the comparison of the two teams’ performance.
Over/Unders are a fun and popular type of betting because they are simple to understand. However, they do require knowledge about the game and how the teams perform. You should also keep in mind that the Over/Under total is not guaranteed to be correct, especially if the market is sharp.