Online sports betting provides an experience you can have while sitting at your computer in the comfort of your own home. To be able to do this, you first need to pick a sports book that is suitable for your use. Because there are quite a few of them, including some scams or sites that are not trustworthy, take a little time to decide. Here’s what you should consider when making your final decision:
1. The reputation of the sports book. Go through the online reviews and read several websites because you need to take everything with a pinch of salt. It is not uncommon for sports books to own review sites which naturally give them dazzling reviews. If the site has a reputation for any prior problems or delayed payouts, it is not the site for you.
2. The bets that you can place. Make sure that the site offers the kinds of bets that you wish to place. Moreover check that the minimum and the maximum limits on bets suit you.
3. The ease of use. The website you pick should be easy to use and easy to navigate so that you can place your bets with a minimum of effort and fuss. This also reduces the chances of making a mistake.
4. Bonuses. Different sports books offer different bonuses and incentives. Most of these involve deposits so make sure that the rules about deposits do not make it difficult for you to earn your bonuses.
Online Sports Bets: Below are some of the more common bets that you can place through online sports books.
Spread betting: The odds makers often create the points advantage in favor of the underdog to equalize the position. This is common in high-scoring games such as basketball or football. If you bet on the underdog and the spread is five points, you win if the underdog wins or loses by less than five points.
Totals: The odds makers post a “total” which they think is the combined total of the score of both teams. If you think that the score will be more, you bet on an Over and if you think that the score will be less, you bet on an Under.
Money line: This is a straight bet which does not require much calculation and merely requires you to pick the winning team. This type of bet can be placed on team sports and also on individual sports such as boxing and the martial arts. Typically, the number next to the favorite has a minus sign in front of it and indicates how much you need to bet to win $100. For instance, -110 means you need to bet $110. Similarly the underdog will have a plus next to the number which shows how much you will win for a bet of $100. For instance, + 110 means that you will win $110.
Parlays: Instead of betting on each game, you can bet on the results of multiple games with one bet and this is called a parlay. You stand to win a lot of money if you call all the results correctly. Naturally, this is a high risk bet where the house has a substantial edge.
Teasers: Some sports books also offer teaser bets where the spread is reduced and so is the payout. For instance, if you make a teaser bet on the underdog and the spread is reduced from 12 points to five points, you win if your team loses by less than five points but you will also get inferior odds.