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No Action - A wager in which no money is lost nor won. Handle - The total amount of money bet on an event or group of events. Taking the Points - Betting the underdog and its advantage in the pointspread. Sports Betting Info on OddsShark

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This indicates how much you must risk in order to book the bet also known as the vig or juice. The spread is not a static number, so you will notice line moves during the week. Team A may be favored by 3 points on Tuesday and by 4. This indicates more people are betting on them, so Las Vegas increases the underdog value hoping to encourage more wagers on the underdog.

There are times when moneyline wagering is smarter than point-spread wagering and this is why moneylines are growing in popularity. Typically used in baseball and hockey, pro football moneylines are popular in Las Vegas for picking underdogs.

The team you choose only has to win the game, not win by a certain number of runs or goals. It's easiest to picture the number sitting in the middle of these two values. It's a simple way to have the risk-reward scenario. In the right circumstance, where you have a small underdog, you can get a very similar bet by risking less and also get a bigger payout by going the moneyline route.

It's a number it feels will encourage just as many bets on the over as the under. Handicapping - The attempt to predict the outcome of sporting events. Hedging - Placing wagers on the opposite side in order to cut losses or guarantee a minimum amount of winnings. Hot Game - A game that is drawing a lot of action on one side from knowledgeable handicappers. Linemaker - The person who establishes the original and subsequent betting lines.

Also known as "oddsmaker. Listed Pitchers - A baseball bet which will be placed only if both of the pitchers scheduled to start a game actually start. If they don't, the bet is cancelled. Middle - To win both sides of the same contest in a sports betting event.

Wagering on the underdog at one pointspread and the favorite at a different pointspread and winning both sides. Move the Line - A player pays an additional price to receive half a point or more in his favor on a pointspread game.

Outlaw Line - The earliest line in sports betting. This is an overnight line that only a handful of players are allowed to bet into. Parlay - A bet on two or more teams or outcomes where the original stake and winnings are reinvested on the next wager. All selections must be correct for the parlay to win. In the event of a push or a game cancellation, the parlay reverts to the next lower number e.

Pointspread - The handicap, or head start, which the favorite gives to the underdog for betting purposes. Prop Proposition Bet - A special wager offered by the sportsbook on unique and various topics.

These wagers can be on sporting events, politics, and even trial outcomes. The wagers use the moneyline format of payoff odds and might include who scores the first touchdown in the Super Bowl, who will win the next presidential election, or whether or not someone on trial will be found guilty. Puckline - Giving odds of a goal spread in hockey instead of using a Canadian Line, where both a goal spread and moneyline are played.

Scouts - Person s who waits for what he thinks is an unusually strong wager. Also known as a "sports player. Steam - When a line starts to move rapidly.

Most "steam games" do not necessarily reflect objective circumstances, but are games that draw a mass of bettors for some reason. Teaser - A bet on two or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted in the favor of the bettor.

Like a parlay, all selections must be correct for the teaser to win. Tie - A wager in which no money is lost nor won because the teams' scores were equal to the number of points in the given line. Totals Bet - A proposition bet in which the bettor speculates that the total score by both teams in a game will be more or less than the line posted by the sportsbook.

Underdog - The team perceived to be most likely to lose. Also known as the "dog" for short. Vigorish - The bookmaker's commission on a losing bet; also known as "juice" or "vig" for short. The information contained at this website is for news and entertainment purposes only. Any use of this information in violation of federal, state, provincial or local laws is strictly prohibited. Get the best football picks and NFL football picks from the industry's most formidable sports handicapping team.

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