Futures and Totals
In a previous article, we
discussed the two most popular sports betting options, the money
line and the point spread, now we focusing on parlay cards,
futures and totals.
There are few more options that professional gamblers use to
pad their winnings, but the options are used sparingly and only
with some confidence; making them a steady part of your sports
betting diet will lead to too many losses to make it worth
Futures: Betting on futures can
be a fun for those who are true fans of a sport. Most of the
time you want to avoid betting on a sport as a strict fan,
because betting can be counter intuitive to your knowledge of
the game and because it’s hard to bet against your favorite
team. Future bets require a certain amount of knowledge; the
concept of the future bet is really what fantasy sports pools
are built on.
A future bet is placed on anything that
may happen by the end of a season in a given sport. General bets
include picking a winner of a division or conference, picking
the winner of the League Championship (the World Series, Super
Bowl, Stanley Cup, and so one). Futures may also include picking
a player to score the most points or run the most yards during
the season, the first coach to get fired, and so on. There’s
limitless combinations here, and futures are common bets among
friends as well as with the odds makers.
Totals: Totals bets are also
called over under bets, and the numbers prove that they are one
of the least likely types of bet for any gambler to make. This
is somewhat misleading, because betting totals can be a great
way to pick up some extra money, and the odds of winning are
certainly higher than more popular options, such as the parlay.
Totals bets occur when an odds maker
quotes a final combined score for both teams at the end of a
game. They work in much the same way as money bets when it comes
to money down and money paid; picking the right option may earn
you $100 for every $120 bet. The options are for a game to
result in a combined score that is either over or under the
total combined score posted by the bookmaker.
Parlays: There is no sports
betting option with longer odds than the parlay. In order to win
a parlay bet, you must accurately predict the winner of not one,
but several games. Parlay cards can include up to ten different
games, and the payout is much higher the more teams you choose
on the card.
Parlay cards are a sucker’s bet. There
is always one sure thing on the card but the balance of the
games or spreads are just to close to call, and it only takes
one wrong prediction to lose the money you put in. One way to
increase the value is to choose the teaser option of a card, but
in doing this you will be lengthening the odds as every team on
the card will have to beat the spread.
Published on 07/03/2007
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