Betting Football Teasers

Football Teasers are a popular bet among sports bettors, and can be a profitable vehicle—if used in the right manner. First, let’s go over what teasers are, and the odds that reputable bookmakers give their clients.

A teaser is a 2-team (or more) proposition bet where a player selects multiple teams and is given a certain amount of bonus points to add to the final score of each game he selects. To win the bet, a bettor must be correct on each of the teams selected. If any game loses or ties, the bettor loses the teaser.

In this article, I’ll focus on 2-team teasers.

With 2-team teasers, reputable bookmakers will make a player lay 11-10 for the benefit of adding an extra 6 points to each of the 2 teams he selects. Please note that the odds are not 12-10 (or 6-5), which unscrupulous bookmakers (i.e., thieves) will make their clients lay. If your bookmaker’s odds are not 11-10, don’t be a sucker and play teasers. Just avoid the bet.

Now, if you have a bookmaker that has 11-10 odds on 2-team, 6-point teasers, then here are the 2 conditions to including a team in your bet.

First, select only teams that you LOVE without the extra 6 points.

Second, and just as important, is to select teams where the 6 point will capture key numbers. Let me explain. In the NFL, certain numbers end up being the final margin of victory more than others. The number 3 is by far the most common number, followed by 7, and then 1, 4, and 6 also are popular numbers for the final margin of games.

Teasers are advantageous when you can use the extra 6 points to capture these key numbers. For example, you can tease a team that is +2.5 up to +8.5. Then, you capture the key numbers of 3, 4, 6 and 7. Or, vice versa, tease a team down from -8.5 to -2.5. Another excellent move is to tease a team from +1.5 up to + 7.5. Then you capture the key numbers of 3, 4, 6 and 7 as well.

Of course it follows that teasing a team from -12 to -6 doesn’t really accomplish much. You’ve captured the key numbers of 7 and 10, but that is really about it. I would stay away from games in that price range. Also, it’s foolish to tease a team from -3 to +3. That accomplishes virtually nothing, especially since ties lose.

Finally, don’t fall into the trap of finding games which allow you to capture key numbers that you didn’t like at the initial number. That would be letting the tail wag the dog. For example, say the Steelers are playing the Ravens, and Pittsburgh is favored by 6.5 points. Sure, it would a good play to include Pittsburgh in your teaser, but only if you LOVED the Steelers at -6.5. Otherwise, don’t do it.

If you follow these simple rules, I believe you can achieve great profits with teasers.