3 popular markets in football:
A bet on which team will win.
A bet on whether one team’s score will beat or cover an assigned point handicap or margin.
A bet on whether the total number of points will fall over or under an assigned total. Also known as a Total.
OTHER COMMON MARKETS & BET TYPES
HALVES & QUARTERS
Halves & Quarters markets are about choosing whether you think something will happen by the end of a quarter or the half of the game. It could be a Point Spread, an Over/Under specific to a half or quarter, or a Prop Bet on whether there will be a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. It all revolves around different periods of play within the game.
A Parlay is when you have multiple selections on one betslip, and each one of them must win for the overall Parlay to win. The more selections you have in one Parlay, the less likely it is to win, so the bigger the payoff if it does. You can combine different markets (e.g., Moneyline, Point Spread, and Over/Under) from different games and sports into the same Parlay bet.
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Prop Bets or “props” are a type of market for specific outcomes in a game (“game props”) or outcomes related to a player’s performance (“player props”). Prop bets are sometimes made as “yes/no” or “either/or” decisions, and in football can often intersect with other betting factors like Totals. Will either of the teams score a 3rd quarter field goal? Which player in Buffalo’s starting lineup will score a touchdown? These are examples of Prop Bets.
PROLINE+ gives you the ability to bet on games as they are happening, with dynamic odds that constantly update in response to what happens in the game. If Detroit takes the lead over Buffalo late in the game, the odds will likely shift to favour Detroit. This gives you the chance to bet on a scenario you know is likely, but with a lower potential payout if it wins.
CHECK FOR LINE CHANGES
In football, active/inactive player lists are released the morning of a game. If Buffalo’s star quarterback is out for the game unexpectedly, it could have a huge impact on their chances to win. While staying on top of football news could lead to insights that may impact your bet, know that every bet is a gamble. After all, a team can always rally without their star player. Knowing the lineups leading into a game can help you make an informed bet.
KNOW THE TEAMS
Past performance is not a guarantee of how a team will do in the future, but there are some potentially reliable statistics that can inform who you think will win or lose. If one team has a consistently better performance in key areas like blocking, turnovers, or field goals, then they might outperform in their next matchup. Of course, there’s always the chance of an underdog pulling off an upset, so use team stats with caution.
SET A PERSONAL WIN LIMIT
It’s no fun to be up and then lose it all. Counter it by deciding on a win limit—the point at which you plan to walk away, even if you’re up. Some players set this at double their bankroll.
COMMON FOOTBALL BETTING MISTAKES
NOT KNOWING THE LINEUPS
Imagine this: a team is on a winning streak, but tonight their quarterback is out, so they’re more likely to underperform. If that ends up being the case, then a Moneyline bet against them would have been a good bet. The only way you could have taken advantage of this scenario, is by knowing the lineups leading into that game.
You can’t know for sure how players and teams will perform, but you can still factor in historical stats and game developments into your decision-making. That said, knowledge can only go so far—it’s not as powerful (or as fun) as the random chance of the game.
MISMANAGING YOUR BANKROLL
Not establishing a bankroll and planning how much you’re going to spend could result in betting more than you’d intended, which might take the fun out of things for you.
BETTING ONLY ON YOUR FAVOURITE TEAM
Regular season pro football only features 16 games, so every game counts. Think with your head and not with your heart when it comes to your favourite team; if they’re up against a much more dominant competitor, be realistic about their chances and bet accordingly.
TRACKING WINS AND FORGETTING LOSSES
People have a funny habit of remembering the good and forgetting the bad. Sometimes this carries through to their betting. Keep an accurate tally of how much you’ve won and lost for a truer sense of what you’re spending over time.