While the boogeyman image of sports betting loomed large during its initial years, today it has slunk out of the shadows and is now a billion dollar industry. As more states have legalized sports betting, millions of sports fans will turn to the betting market for the first time. These people will be able to enjoy the thrills of betting while supporting their favorite team or player. However, sports betting is not for everyone, and there are certain rules to keep in mind to make it worthwhile for your bankroll.
In the NFL, for example, you can bet on the total points scored by both teams in a game. You can also bet on player performance with props, similar to totals. For example, if you bet on a quarterback, you can bet on the Vikings Over 3.5 sacks or on Carson Wentz to throw for at least 230.5 yards. You can also bet on a team’s season’s outcome and totals, such as the Chiefs winning the Super Bowl. Likewise, you can bet on Patrick Mahomes to finish MVP.
Point spread sports gambling involves giving points to the underdog and taking away points from the favorite team. For example, if you bet $100 on the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, you would bet on them as a (-10) point spread favorite. If they lose by less than nine points, they would “cover the spread.”