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MLB over/under betting explained

In MLB over/unders betting, the question is simple: will the total number of runs scored in a game be over or under a given amount? Runs win games but over/under betting is a great way of winning wagers without backing a specific team. Here’s everything you need to know to get started with MLB over/unders betting online.

What is MLB over/under betting?

MLB over/under betting, or totals betting, gives fans a chance to bet on whether the total number of runs scored in a game by both teams combined will be over or under a given number, called “the line”.

Such bets are important because the ease of MLB over/unders betting online can appeal to novices as well as experienced bettors. They’re also a great way to bet on a game without having to choose a team or root against a favorite team or player.

Like a moneyline or point spread wager, there are odds for each end of an MLB over/unders bet which can be used to calculate what our win, if we choose correctly. They can also be a great way to add additional legs onto a parlay bet.

How to place an MLB over/under bet

How does MLB over/unders betting work? Let’s examine a hypothetical game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros:

TeamMoneylineRun Line (point spread)Total (O/U)
Dodgers-200-1.5 (+125)7.5 O (-150)
Astros+180+1.5 (-170)7.5 U (+110)

We can bet whatever amount we want, but the standard example for US bets is $100. So, we'll bet $100 on the over at -150.

To win the bet, the final score has to be more than 7.5 runs - basically, eight runs. When the odds are negative like they are here, we would have to bet the number listed ($150) in order to win $100.

To figure out how much we win betting $10, $50, $100 (or anything else) at -150, we can use our betting calculator.

Had we taken the under and both teams combined for seven runs or less, then we would have won $110 on a $100 wager.

MLB over/under FAQs

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