BetAmerica Sports BettingSports betting is a fun, exciting way to enhance the experience of your favorite games and matchups. The world of sports betting offers all sorts of sports bet types such as:
- Straight bets
- Futures bets
- Exciting prop bets
This guide on how to bet on sports provides a broad overview of sports betting and help introduce the basic elements of how to get started. Topics covered will include the spread, moneyline, totals as well as previously mentioned futures wagers, prop bets and live betting. Each topic description is designed to provide a general introduction for each element.
As with anything involving money, please always play within your limits and know that there is always help if you feel there may be a problem.
Sports Betting Explained
The moneyline is a bet on the straight up winner of the game. Bet on who you think is going to win.
A spread is the forecasted point differential between two teams. A minus (-) indicates the favorite, while a plus (+) represents the underdog.
Bet on the total points scored in a matchup by both teams. You wager on the score going OVER the total or UNDER the total.
Wager on a specific occurrence happening, or not happening, within a game. "Prop" is short for proposition. These are also known as "side bets."
Live betting allows players to wager on games as they happen with updated lines that reflect the current score of the game.
Combine straight bets to increase the payout. All selections in the parlay must succeed for the bet to win.
BetAmerica Sports Betting Guides
Looking for more sports betting information? BetAmerica Extra has you covered with wide selection of topical betting guides and tutorials on the following sports and subjects:
- How to bet the Super Bowl
- How to bet on the NBA
- How to bet on the NHL
- How to bet on Major League Baseball
- How to bet on Horse Racing and Greyhound Racing
- How to bet on NCAA College Basketball
- How to bet on Boxing
- How to bet on MMA
- How to bet on Soccer
- How to bet on Golf
- How to bet on Tennis
- How to bet on Darts
- How to bet on Table Tennis
- How to bet on the Tour de France
- How to bet on Seven Dog Races
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