If the sportsbook is busy with action, it must be football season. Whether it’s the NFL or NCAA, football betting action is fast and furious through the season. For the newbie sports bettor, it may seem a bit confusing, but football bets really fall to two types-straight bets and parlay bets.
Football Betting – Straight Bets
Here’s the workhorse for almost any winning football bettor. A straight bet simply means you’re betting on a single football game. In the event that you bet on several game on a single ticket, it is a parlay, and we’ll discuss that in a minute.
When you make a straight football bet, you might be betting on an area or total. To put it simply, when you bet an area, you “select a side” in the game. UFA For instance, let’s say the New England Patriots are playing the Seattle Seahawks. If you’re likely to bet an area, you’d bet on either the Patriots or the Seahawks.
Every game features a point total (except NCAA football, which will be most games). This is the total amount of points scored between both teams. When you bet a total, you’re betting under or higher that total. For instance, let’s say the full total is 47 and you take the over. To win, both teams must combine for 48 or even more points (47 will be a push, which means you get your bet back).
Football Betting – Parlays
Okay, so you know about straight bets, which will be where you bet on just a very important factor per ticket. When you want to bet on several thing, it is a parlay. You can bet on 2 – 20 things (depends on the sportsbook).
For instance, let’s say you bet on the Seahawks and over the full total in your ticket. That will be a 2-team parlay (even though technically there’s only one team on it).
The more items you add on the ticket, the more income you’ll win if they all hit. Naturally, the more items on the ticket, the harder it’s to win.
With parlay bets it’s an all or nothing thing. If one pick fails, the ticket is dead. Some sportsbooks will run specials to get close, but that’s very rare.
If you receive into making football bets via parlay tickets, you may check out “teasers,” which are parlay tickets with added points for you. For instance, as opposed to taking the Packers -10, you may have them at -3. Needless to say, the payouts are a less since the risk is minimized.
Football betting is a crank and there’s nothing much better than hitting the sportsbook with a large winning ticket. I hit straight football bets and parlays all season long. I enjoy the NFL and NCAA football seasons.