Home » Recreation and Sports

Sports Betting - Understanding The Basics

Jul 5, 2008
There are two interests which many men enjoy which when combined together result in "sports betting". Nearly every time a group a of guys get together to watch a sports match they end up placing bets with each other as to who is going to win. Certainly it does not matter which sport it is they will always find something to talk about and which could even change the course of the games history. To really get involved in the action some spectators do like to try and determine which team is going to win certain games. It is this which turns a friendly game into one that involves sports betting.

Although many say betting is addictive this form is very much just for fun and is often the ideal way to bond with your mates. You do not need to even lay down big bets just to have a good time. Sports betting can actually make the whole outcome of the game far more meaningful and exciting for those watching or listening to it. Below we offer a few basics with regard to sports betting to help you get started.

For a person in the USA to place bets they first need to be a member of a Sports Book which is a place where any bets you place will be accepted. At present you it is only legal to bet in 4 states in the USA and you can do it illegally in others but you need to find yourself a bookie and also you must be over the legal age for betting which is 21 years. Once you have become a member of Sports Book now you can start placing bets on any sports event you want. You can place bets on both professional and college football and basketball games, you could bet on professional baseball or hockey games. You could if you wanted even bet on the toss of a coin (whether it lands on its head or its tails) as well as horse racing and dog racing. Plus there are numerous different combinations of bets that you can place from ones where you bet what the combined score of the two teams in the game will be at the end to what round your teams opponents are going to be knocked out of the competition. So what you are doing is betting on the statistical odds relating to whether the team win or lose.

When it comes to sports betting, bookies rely on these statics to help them actually decide which teams are likely to win. They will use a thing called a "spread" which is where they give a points advantage to those teams that they feel are going to lose by a certain number of points. So this is the method they use for providing even bets in Sports Betting. So say you placed a bet on a team who is expected to lose their game, and then if they do you will still win as long as they have lost by the required number of points stated.

Sometimes with these kinds of bets you may be asked to actually bet a few points higher than the money you would win. The only reason this is done is so that the bookie can make some money as well.

With sports betting there are a number of different bets that you can place. You have straights, parlays, teasers as well as over/under bets. Yet the most common bet of all placed by many is the straight one and it is the one you decide whether the team you are betting on is going to win or lose the game. The over/under bet is the one where the scores for the two teams involved are combined. As for parlays you are asked to bet on the outcome of several games and teasers are similar to these except you have the chance to add or subtract points from the spread to make the bet you have placed much stronger. Therefore how interesting and challenging sports betting is for you will depend largely on what kinds of bets you place.

Above we have shown you what the basics are relating to sports betting. So why not give it a try some and have a little fun. But don't get carried away else you may find yourself using your retirement fund and having nothing left for your retirement.
About the Author
To obtain a 50% discount on the best sports betting system available visit SportsBettingExplained.com. But if you want to learn more take a look at the reviews and articles at Sportsbettingexplained.com/articles
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 184
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources