Football Betting for Dummies

football bettingFootball betting is the most popular form of online wagering, and offers a wide variety of betting lines for both NFL and college football betting.   There are generally seven different types of bets utilized when betting on football.   These forms of wagering consist of straight bets, over/under bets, money line bets, parlays, teasers, half time wagers, and future book wagers.

The simplest and most common type of bet placed in NFL and college football betting is the straight bet.  In this instance the bettor is simply betting on which football team will win or lose the game.   The team bet on must win by the pointspread that was given at the time the wager was placed.  Unless specified otherwise, the football betting odds for a straight bet are eleven to ten.

Another relatively simple bet to make when betting football is an over/under bet.   Placing an over/under bet means that you are betting on what the combined point total will be by the end of the football game.  You can either bet on whether the actual number of points is going to be over or under the total.

With regard to football betting, a money line bet only requires that the football team wagered on win the game. The money line that is read at the time the football bet is made is the money line you keep regardless of any future line movements.

Parlay bets are a multiple form of football betting where a group of straight bets are placed, or totals are combined into one bet.  Although all of your NFL and college football picks must win in order to collect on a parlay bet, this type of football betting offers an extra incentive for the bettor.  The linesmaker offers extra money to a bettor that is able to correctly pick more than one game at a time.  As a result, you can win large amounts of money when betting football with very limited risk.

Teaser bets are similar to parlays in that they are multiple football bets combined into the same wager, and all of your picks must win in order to collect on this type of wager in football betting.  The difference between a teaser bet and a parlay bet is that with a teaser bet you are allowed to add or subtract points in order to make the bet stronger.

In football betting, half time wagers are bets made only on the outcome of a game or series scheduled to occur at some future date.  The line offered for betting on football will either be a pointspread, money line, or a combination of both lines.  The football bet placed applies only to the score of the half of the game specified.

A future wager made in football betting is a bet that is based on the outcome of a game or series scheduled to occur at some future date.  A future wager is final and there are no refunds or switching of teams permitted at any time.  Football betting odds may change on a daily basis, and all bets are considered action at the odds quoted at the time the future bet is placed.

While these seven different types of wagers are not the only methods used in football betting, they are the most common kinds of bets placed.  Before betting on football or any other sporting event, make sure you are familiar with the online sportsbook that you choose and the different betting options that are offered.   It could make the difference in whether you win or lose.

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