BET INTO THE ACTION

You must do your homework and bet selectively.
Winning 60-65% of your sports bets is a realistic target.

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Win At Sports Bets

Winning sports bets is all about skill. The challenge is to gather and analyze as much information as you can about a game, weigh the probabilities of each team winning, and subsequently compare your opinion to the oddsmaker's.

While luck may be a deciding factor in the outcome of any single game, and will inevitably go against the bettor on occasion, it will balance out in the long run.

Being a consistent winner in sports betting is not about luck but whether the bettor is prepared to invest the time and effort to become knowledgeable about the sports he bets on, whether he can weigh all the factors in a cool, objective fashion, and whether he adopts a consistent, disciplined, long-term approach to betting.

The bookmaker is simply a middle-man who operates on a small profit margin and, ideally likes to see half the money wagered on one team and half on the other, assuring a profit.

If too much of the money goes on one team, the bookmaker will move the line or point spread to encourage bets on the other team in an effort to balance his book.

The person the bettor is attempting to beat is the oddsmaker, and the oddsmaker's views on each team's chances.

Just by flipping a coin, bettors will be right 50% of the time. At odds of 10/11, only 52.4% of the bettor's bets have to win for him to overcome the bookmaker's profit and break even, so he only needs a very small edge to become a winner.

So bettors must do their homework and bet selectively.

Winning 55% of your bets is definitely achievable, and 60-65% is a realistic target. At those levels, the sports bettor will have an extremely profitable and enjoyable hobby.

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NBA MONEY LINES

Date Matchup Money
Thursday,
Jul 22,
09:05pm
Milwaukee Bucks -110
Phoenix Suns -110

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NHL MONEY LINES

Date Matchup Money
Tuesday,
Oct 12,
07:08pm
Pittsburgh Penguins +120
Tampa Bay Lightning -140
Tuesday,
Oct 12,
09:38pm
Seattle Kraken +220
Vegas Golden Knights -260
Wednesday,
Oct 13,
07:08pm
New York Rangers +115
Washington Capitals -135

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Money Line Sports Bets

Money Line bets are the simplest form of sports bets. The team that the bettor wagers on just has to win the game. The bet is not subject to a point spread. The amount he may win is determined by the money line.

Money Line rules are as follows:

  • Money Lines are displayed with a plus "+" or a minus "-" sign.

  • Money Lines posted with a minus sign "-" require a bet equal to the amount shown after the minus sign to win $100.

  • Money Lines posted with a plus sign "+" require a $100 bet to win the amount shown after the plus sign.

  • To win the bet, the team that the bettor wagered on must win the game.

  • Tie games are no action.

  • The bettor cannot place a Money Line bet on both teams.

  • The bettor cannot place a Money Line bet and a Point Spread bet on the same team.

  • The bettor can place a Money Line bet on one team and a Point Spread bet on the opposing team.

  • The bettor can combine a Money Line with a Totals line, even on the same event.

  • The Money Line may change between the time he places his bet and the event's start time. Payout of the bet is subject to the Money Line that was displayed at the time he placed his bet.

For example, the bettor wagered on Miami (-160) to beat Buffalo (+260). He must bet $160 to win $100 if Miami wins the game. His friend bets on Buffalo. His friend must bet $100 to win $260 if Buffalo wins. The following table displays the results of four different winning Money Line bets.

WinnerMoney LineBet Amount on WinnerPayout (+ bet amount)
Miami-160$80$130
Miami-160 $160$260
Buffalo+260$100$360
Buffalo+260$50$180