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Understanding Sports Betting Odds - Completely Explained!

Sep 11, 2008
Do you like gambling? If so, have you won many times and loads of cash? If not, then you might want to consider quiting. Or get yourself involved in sports betting. Sports betting is the process of betting money on many popular sporting events. Instead of gambling in Casinos or any illegal gambling games there are, why not go for sports betting odds? Depending on which country you live in, sports betting can either be legal or illegal. If you find out, or already know that sports betting is legal in your place, then you really must try sports betting.

But before you place your bets on your favorite team or athlete, you must first understand sports betting odds. Understanding sports betting odds is obviously very critical in any sports betting event. The odds decide whether the team or the athlete you want to bet on is the favorite or the underdog. This then defines the amount of money that you'll win or whenever you choose the right bet. So if you have not understand sports betting odds, then you better read on.

In the real world, odds are simply the chance of an event from occurring. Chances are usually expressed in percentage. If you would toss a coin, there is a 50% chance that it would land on heads and a 50% chance that it would land on tails. If you roll a six-sided dice, there is a 1/6 or 16.66% chance that the number that you want to see would appear. When every possible outcome is summed up, it would result to a 100%.

In sports betting, odds are expressed in a different manner than chances. The bookmakers make this odds to show the chances of a wanted outcome to happen. There are three ways to express sports betting odds. One is the decimal odds which is widely used in Europe expect in UK. UK uses fractional odds. In the US, where sports betting is almost illegal in every state, they use their own US odds.

To convert the percentage chances to decimal odds, you simply use this formula:

decimal odds = 100/ %chance

If there is a 25% chance that a boxer can win a match, then 100/20 = 4. 4 is the decimal odd of the boxer winning the match. If you would bet on that boxer, and the boxer won it, then you will receive 4 for every 1 that you used on the bet. If you bet 20, then you will win 80.

Using the same example, the fractional odd would be 3/1. It would mean that for every one time you win, you will lose three times. For every 1 you bet, you will also win 3. In addition, you will also get back the 1 that you used to bet.

If you would us US odds, or money line odds, then a 4 decimal odd or a 3/1 odd would be equivalent to +300US. Money line odds are divided to positive and negative. The negative odds would mean that there is a bigger money at stake to win 100 units. Positive money odds represents the money that you will win if you bet 100 units.
About the Author
Chris Grisham is the creator of Sportsbook Investing, the premier website for making money with Understanding Sports Betting Odds. He has successfully been beating sportsbooks for years using his proven system and top sports picks based on lines, trends, angles, and years of experience. Learn about his system for FREE at http://www.SportsbookInvesting.com
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