How Does Football Betting Work?

How Does Football Betting WorkBefore you can start betting on football, it is important to know that there is a wide variety of different aspects to the game in which you can customize your bet to. Most bets in football will be based on the amount of points earned by each team. Before placing your bet you must decide which game to bet on, the team you want, the amount of points you believe will be scored, and how much money you're willing to wager.

Straight Bets

The most common type of bet made regarding the game of football is known as a straight bet. The majority of straight bets are based on three main things. The first is the team you are choosing to bet on. The second is the point spread. The point spread refers to a predetermined range of points that are believed to be won or lost by the two teams involved. And lastly, the third aspect to a straight bet is the amount of money you are willing to wager. Almost all straight bets are based on 10/11 odds, which means that you are betting 11 dollars to potentially win 10 dollars. Therefore, if you win this wager you will win 21 dollars, or in other words make back your 11 dollars and win 10 dollars.

Over/Under Bets

Over/Under bets in football are based on the games overall total amount of points earned. This means that individuals can bet on if they believe the total amount of points scored at the end of the game will either be over or under a predetermined value. Similar to straight bets, this totals system works based on more or less than the value specified, so if the total combined value is exact at the end of the game, then instead of earning the additional amount, all parties involved will make back their original wagered amount. This also works on 11/10 odds, just like in most straight bets.

Moneyline Bets

Money line bets are the most simple type of football bet. Money line bets are solely based on the team that wins the game. Therefore if you bet on the team that wins the overall game then you will win whatever amount you have put down.

Half Bets

Half bets are football bets based on only half of the game, so instead of betting on who will win the overall game, some people bet per half, meaning they focus on the score for either the first or second half of the game. These wagers are typically based on the same guidelines as full game straight bets, but they either end or begin at halftime.

Parlay Bets

A parlay bet in football refers to the betting of multiple teams at one time. In order to make your money back or potentially win more money, all of the teams you have bet on must win, no exceptions. This means that this is an all or nothing bet, so for example if only two of the three teams you bet on win, then you will not win the bet. The only exception in this rule is if there is a tie between teams. In this case those games will disqualify for your bet, and therefore you will only win the bet based on the winning teams you had chosen prior.

Where to Place Football Bets

Legal football bets can be made both in person and online. The most common places to make football bets in person include bookmaking shops or with a sports bookie at a local casino. Almost all casinos have a sportsbook in which individuals can place bets. Football bets can also be made either over the phone or on the internet, when using a legal online betting website. Most believe that online betting is one of the best and most efficient ways to bet on any sport, but different people have different preferences, and some enjoy the experience of betting in person.


How do you bet on football?

There are various ways that individuals can bet on football. If you are located in a state where there are sports book casinos, this is the most trustworthy and legal way to bet. At sports books, you are able to pay in cash up front for your bets, and upon winning you are then able to show your ticket to claim your earnings. If you are not located in a state where there are sports books, the best way to bet on football is through legal gambling sites. While the payments are electronic for these sites, they are still very reliable and guarantee payouts upon winning.

How can I bet on football games online?

Any individual above the age of 21, or in some states 18, can bet online using a legal betting site. Some of the most popular sites include DraftKings and Fanduel. All you need to do is set up your own personal account, following the sites instructions, and then begin placing bets. Online betting can be done anywhere as long as you have the proper wifi requirements and technology, which can nowadays be as simple as a smartphone. As always, double check that you are signing up for a legitimate site before entering any payment information, but other than that get excited to start (hopefully) winning some money!

How do you make money on football betting?

In order to make money on football betting, you need to correctly make picks from a variety of lines that are generated for each game. As mentioned in the piece above there are many different aspects of the football game in which you can place bets on. So, as long as you are following the guidelines and your original wager has met the requirements to win, you can then make money.

What does +7 mean in football betting?

+7 in football betting is a term that is related to the point spread on that specific football game. If a betting line for a team is +7, then that means that the team is receiving 7 extra points, because they are the underdog. Therefore, if the team were to lose by 6 points or fewer, you would still be able to win money because they have 'covered the spread'. However, if the team were to lose by more than 7 points, then you would lose your bet for that game.