What Is The Over Under In Sports Betting?
Coaches will make adjustments based on the conditions, and you need to be aware of that before you place an over/under bet. Yes, execution of the plan is important, but you’ll be drawing dead if the coach isn’t even trying to get the team to play the way that you bet. When you look at things piece by piece, you’re able to make more precise predictions on the scoring output of both teams.
Over/Under betting is one of the easiest and potentially profitable bets and since it’s available in every sport it’s worth getting familiar with how it all works. At most sportsbooks, ties lose, in which case, the bettor loses. Some sportsbooks handle pushes as no action, which means that they refund the wager but generally not the vig. We’ve touched on how over and under betting works, but we’ll provide an example to make things crystal clear.
If you’re betting on a sport like football or basketball where there are a lot of points scored, you’re almost always going to see both sides of the bet paid out at (-110). This means that whether you bet the over or the under, you will receive the same profit for a correct pick. Over/under bets are unbiased and don’t care which team scores the points. The only thing that you’ll be betting on is the total scored by both teams.
So let’s say they play this make-believe game that has a point total of 45. Everyone that bet on over 45 would win and everyone that bet on under 45 would lose. If the total for the game hits the exact number , the wager is a push, which means that all wagers are refunded, no matter whether a bettor took the over or the under. Remember that overtime is included when it comes to totals.
Experts are making their picks for the CFP with plenty of time left in the regular season. Still, the under is usually a worthwhile bet because oddsmakers know the public is way more likely to take the over and shade the line that way. It’s just that betting the under is a peculiar way to follow a game.
In our example there wouldn’t be a tie, but sometimes the line will be four and not 4.5. In the scenario of a tie, if adding the four points to the Bills equals the Steelers then a tie is scored and the wagered amount is returned to the bettor. In instances where the spread settles on a whole number and you’d like to avoid a push, you have the option of purchasing a half-point. (By “purchasing,” we mean you will get a lower potential payout, for example, going from -105 to -120.) You can then use that half-point to “move the spread” in your favor. So, if you liked a +3 underdog, you could adjust the spread to +3.5; and if you liked the favorite, you could move it from -3 to -2.5. But otherwise, you’ll want to try betting against the spread.