NFL betting can be described in many ways. It’s a hobby, a passion, a profit opportunity, or just plain old fun. But the lure of the sportsbook is about much more than predicting which team will win the game on Thursday or Monday night. To bet on football can be a sport, a game all of its own. NFL betting: Ways to bet. Access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list of sports betting odds and lines. Futures betting: Wagering on an outcome beyond a single game result. The most common futures bets are Super Bowl champion, followed by conference/division champion, making the playoffs and regular-season win totals.
The NFL is the most popular league in America. And while watching the games are fun enough, one way to get more out of games is having a personal investment in the outcome. That is where betting comes in. Wagering on a game adds excitement and intrigue — while increasing the emotional interest because of the money involved. It is similar to fantasy football, except with the rooting interest being in the outcome, not players’ stats.
Access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list of sports betting odds and lines.
|2-teamer||2.6 to 1|
|3-teamer||6 to 1|
|4-teamer||11 to 1|
|5-teamer||22 to 1|
|6-teamer||40 to 1|
|7-teamer||80 to 1|
|8-teamer||150 to 1|
While they pay more than a straight bet, many consider these sucker bets. The sportsbooks make a lot of money on bettors’ losing parlay bets. Any bet that results in a push does not end the parlay; it is treated as if the game never happened. So a 4-team parlay with a push becomes a 3-team parlay and assumes 3-team odds.
Odds are usually given in two styles. One is as a positive or negative number. The other is a ratio.
The positive and negative numbers were explained above, but what about ratios?
One might see 8/1 odds. This is the same as +800. A winning bet profits eight times the original bet. Odds with a smaller number on top (or first) are the same as a negative number. 2/5 odds mean every $5 wagered will profit $2 if the bet wins. The smaller the ratio is the more likely the expected outcome.
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