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Your guide to football betting online
As the biggest sports-betting market in North America, with nearly $100 billion bet on the game globally every year, football betting online is available at nearly every sportsbook. Given its enormous popularity, football is one of the driving sports in the betting industry and it’s easy to see why.
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The NFL (National Football League) is the best football league in the world. It’s 32 teams, playing out a gruelling 17-week regular-season schedule, with a post-season if you're good enough. The Super Bowl – its championship game – is the most bet-on annual sporting event in the world.
The NFL and sports betting have a very close relationship. NFL betting is a multi-billion dollar industry, with the Super Bowl alone seeing nearly $10 billion in bets last year in America, making it the most profitable league in the world for sportsbooks.
Betting the moneyline is the simplest of all football betting picks – just pick the winning team. Sometimes referred to as ML, the moneyline will have two sets of odds – one for each team. With ties being very rare in American football, the moneyline is a two-way market which means you only have two choices, a winning outcome and a losing outcome.
NFL Spread Betting
Football betting spreads are the most common and popular way to bet on football. Unlike the moneyline, where one team is usually favored, a spread (or handicap) is created to make a more even bet. The favored team will have to win by a certain number of points while the underdog will have to not lose by the spread amount. A team with a spread of -3.5 would need to win by four points or more to “cover” the spread while the underdog (+3.5) would not have to lose by four points or more to cover. It means you can win your bet, even if the team you backed doesn’t actually win the game.
NFL Over/Under Bets
Often referred to as totals, football over/under bets are wagers placed on the combined total score of the game. Sportsbooks will set a total number (46.5 for example) and bettors will choose if the total combined score of both teams is below (under) or above (over) that set number.
Looking for bigger football betting odds? Then you’re probably interested in parlays . A parlay is when you bet on multiple games/outcomes and the odds of each of those are multiplied together to create a much bigger payout than a single-game wager. Bettors can use a combination of moneylines, spreads, and/or totals to create a parlay bet. Each selection needs to win for the parlay bet to be a winner.
NFL Prop Bets
Prop bets have become one of the most popular ways to bet on football. A prop – short for “proposition” – is a bet on a single player or event in the game. We can bet on how many yards a quarterback will throw for, how long the longest field goal scored will be, or how many touchdowns a certain team will score. Prop markets can be extensive and are a fun way to bet on football.
NFL Teasers and Pleasers
A popular form of wager from seasoned gamblers is the teaser. A teaser is a form of parlay (usually two or three games) and is a combination of alternative football betting lines. In a teaser, we are “teasing” or adjusting a spread or total to a different number than the original one, but taking longer odds in the process. The most common teaser number is six. If a team is +4.5, we can tease them to +10.5 (six-point teaser). A two-team six-point teaser usually pays -110, while a three-team six-point teaser pays +180. Pleasers, do the opposite, reducing the number of points and bringing the odds in.
NFL Futures Bets
The aptly named future bet is any wager on any event that will take place in the future. Future bets are very popular heading into a football season as bettors can make big money predicting anything from division and conference winners, to the league’s MVP, or offensive rookie of the year. Team win totals are also an increasingly popular future market.
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