Globalizing Gambling: How Wagers are Changing Sports

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An additional zero is guaranteed at every sports book. A possible outcome is flipping $20 to over $2,000 within three hours; another is watching thousands of dollars blown on what seemed like a sure bet. Gambling is a form of wagering money, goods or anything of relevant value towards an event that has no predetermined outcome.

Sport books use basic probability, chance and analytics to place the spread, money line, over or under when finalizing a bet. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, a Houston native, recently placed a $3 million futures bet on the Astros to win the World Series, a possible payout of over $7.2 million by early November.

The stake of a bet is the treasured item being wagered. An agreement will be made that one will be risking something of value, such as currency, in order to receive back a prize of greater value. Virtually any competitive event can be wagered on.

Certain games are quick-paced and take seconds to play, while others can be seasonal and take months to finish. Examples of fast-paced bets include rolling dice, playing blackjack or horse racing. Betting on sporting events usually takes longer, from the outcome of a game to the prediction of an entire season for a specific team.

The point spread, by definition, is a prediction of the number of points by which a stronger sports team is expected to defeat another team by. The spread moves constantly and live in-game bets can always be placed online. Typically, the spread would be on a -110 point balanced scale, meaning you would have to risk $1.10 to win back $1, or risk $110 to win back $100.

Although the point spread is fairly common, there are several diverse forms of sports bets. Spreads are easier with sports like basketball or football because of the higher amount of points that are given by scoring a basket (2 to 3) or touchdown (6 to 7). With all sports, however, betting the total score is another popular form of wagering. The over/under total score in a sport such as football would be betting the overall points combined by both teams in the game.

Even professionals might not feel secure about making one straight bet at times. Making a few or several smaller bets for a larger prize is a parlay. A collection of two or more straight bets or totals combined into one bet. All of the individual games bet on the parlay need to be correct in order to win.

In the modern age of gambling, there are several unique services to assist fresh gamblers to the basic terms, principles and law guidelines of a wager. Although it may be unwise for a novice gambler to invest money into online betting sites, there is no waiting in long lines at a sportsbook and having to understand some of the lingo that comes with risking money. The legalization of sports betting is one of the most imminent methods that allows fans to become more interactive with the games, especially now that they no longer just have to be watched.


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