How To Bet On American Football | American Football Betting
Football is the most widely wagered on sport in the USA, maybe even in the world. In other sport is the point spread so widely watched, even by those who do not necessarily make wagers with sports books. Football office pools are as part of the work place as coffee breaks and long lunches. Many people bet football games with friends on the handshake. It is just part of the game.
Sports Books are also a way to wager on football. Many people use these to place bets on games they ordinarily wouldn’t have a rooting interest in. Having some money of the game can make it more exciting to watch. Most people know about betting with their buddies. Your buddy says the Giants will win, you think the Redskins will win, so you bet $10.00. Whoever wins the game decides the bet. But with a sports book, there is a little more to it than that. Let’s look at Pinnacle Sports book and check out the odds on this week’s football games:
The Point Spread
Let’s say you see a line on Pinnacle that looks like this:
Handicap Money Line Total Points
Purdue +17 1.926 7.040 Over 71 1.952
Oklahoma State -17 1.980 1.113 Under 71 1.952
If you bet $100.00 on Purdue and you take the 17 points, and Purdue loses 30-14, you win $92.60. If they lose 31-14 it is a “push” and you get back your $100.00 but you win nothing. If they lose 32-14, you lose.
If you bet Purdue at 7.040, then they must win the game. If they win, then you win $604.00. In other words, you $100.00 turns into $704.00. If you bet Oklahoma State, then you would win $11.30. So your $100.00 becomes $111.30.
Same thing happens with the over/under. If you bet the under and the score of the two teams adds up to 70 points, then your $100.00 becomes $192.50. So you would win $92.50. If the score adds up to 71, then it is a “push” and you still have your $100.00. If they score 72 or over, you lose.
Half Time Results; Second Half Results; Double Bets
If you want some other betting options, another popular way to bet on football is to bet on the halfs. If you got to Paddy Power you will see that not only can you bet on the games, much like on Pinnacle, but you can bet on each half.
You will see a line that looks like this:
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
Cincinnati Bengals- Cincinnati Bengals 4.5
If you bet $100.00 and the Bengals outscore the Texans in both halves, then you win $350.00.
You can also wager:
Cincinnati –Houston 7.5
Cincinnati- Draw 18.00
Houston- Houston 2.1
Houston- Cincinnati 10.00
Houston- Draw 15.00
Draw- Cincinnati 21.00
Draw- Draw 34.00
Overtime in this bet does not count. So if you were to bet the draw/draw for $100.00 and the score was tied at halftime, then was tied again at the end of regulation, you would win $3,300.00.
You will also notice several other wagers you can make such as the first team to score ten points (pretty self-explanatory). You can bet on winning margins such as 1-6 points (Bengals or Texans), 7-12 (Bengals or Texans), etc.
So betting on football this time of year can be an exciting, and hopefully profitable way to spend your new year.