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For example, you can bet that a driver will place in the top three or top five to increase your chances of winning. In fact, you can check the NASCAR betting odds any time of the year to wager on the future winner of the Daytona 500, and a few other major races also offer futures lines. For fans of NASCAR betting odds, nothing beats the action surrounding the Daytona 500 in Florida, which is the Kentucky Derby of car racing.

This makes sense, because you would expect a bet on the underdog to have a higher payout.If you have a hard time with fractions, then see if there is a larger number on top then on bottom. In America, fractional odds are most commonly used in futures betting where almost all the odds have a denominator of 1, making them easier to understand. The key to finding the best odds is matching your research and your due diligence with the different sportsbook lines offered. The notion of ‘best’ lies in the eyes of the buyer when it comes to sports betting.

In such an instance, you’ve stumbled upon what is known as a “value bet.” A nice profit can be made if a touchdown or more underdog pulls off an outright win. Of course, it’s still a risky proposition to bet on a team expected to lose by a touchdown or more to win the game outright. When the point spread was invented in Chicago by Charles McNeil the money line took a backseat. When two unevenly matched teams played, the playing field was leveled by having the favorite give points (for example Chicago Bears –7) while the underdog got points (Minnesota Vikings +7).

Once you have all that covered, it becomes easy to interpret what all those darn numbers mean. You want to compute the possible payout for the two so you are prepared before you wager. Computation for the favorite odd is that you would have to risk 7.14 unit for each unit you won. For favorite odd, it shows how much the wager needed for a profit of 1. The favorite is still shown with a minus (-) sign and the underdog is accompanied with a positive (+) sign.

With these betting odds, you are wagering on whether the favored team in a matchup will not only win, but win by more than the number of points that the provider is estimating. American betting odds display with a plus or minus sign followed by a number. Negative numbers indicate the favorite, while positive numbers indicate the underdog. Learning how to read odds is the foundation of developing a successful sports betting strategy. Let’s break it down in the next section with the basics of betting odds explained. But if you’re new to sports betting, all the information may seem a bit overwhelming.

The casino may choose to do this to encourage more betting for a certain team or point total. If you do your homework and search across casinos you can find sportsbooks offering what are called ‘reduced juice’ or ‘nickel lines’. These are lines that the sportsbook will move to a lower “price” of -105. This basically means they’re reducing their commission from 10% to 5%. The value the house earns from this -110 line is called the juice or vigorish.

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