Sports Betting Lines are a group of various types of wagering on the outcome of an sports event, where the pay-off is based on the accuracy of the wager placed.
1. Point spread
A point spread wager is a wager on a team to win the game with handicaps applied. To even the match for wagering purposes, the favorite gives the underdog a points start. A favorite is indicated by a minus points handicap and the underdog by plus points. At the end of the relevant period of play, the handicap is added to, or subtracted from, the selected team’s score to determine the point spread result. Where teams are deemed to be evenly matched, no point spread is offered; this is called a 'pick' game.
When scores are level after accounting for any handicap/spread the result is a 'push'. All point spread wagers include overtime scoring with the exception being 4th quarter wagers.
For example, say the Indiana Pacers are favored to beat the New York Knicks by 6 points. That means that if you pick the Pacers to win, they have to win by more than 6 points for you to win your wager. If they win by fewer than 6 points or lose the game, you lose your wager. If they win by exactly 6 points (the spread), the result is a push or tie. That means that you don't win or lose, your original wager is refunded.
2. Total (over/under)
A total line is offered on the total number of points scored. Prices are offered for the actual number of points to be over or under this quote.
The total result is the combined total points for both teams at the end of the relevant period of play. Total points scored includes points scored in overtime for all US sports. US sports are defined as: American football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey. For other sports, refer to the rules section pertaining to that particular sport.
All totals wagers on US sports include overtime scoring with the exception being 4th quarter wagers. When the combined scores of both teams equals the totals line exactly then the result is a 'push'.
For example, if the total is 32 and you believe that the combined points scored by the two teams will exceed that number, you would wager ‘over 32’. If the total ends up being exactly 32, the result is a push or tie. That means that you don't win or lose and your original wager is refunded.
3. Money line
Both selections are priced to win the full game with no handicap/spread applied. When wagering on the money line your selection must win the game on the field in order for you to win your wager.
For grading purposes overtime counts on US sports. US sports are defined as American football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey. For other sports, refer to our rules section pertaining to that sport.
Money lines are always based upon $100. Note that you do not have to wager in $100 increments, but it is solely used to calculate the risk/win.
A (+) sign in front of a money line means that you will get back that designated amount for every $100 risked. A (-) sign in front of a money line means that you must risk that amount in order to win $100.
3.1 Three Way Line
Simply means it is an event that involves 3 contestants to wager upon. This is most commonly used in Boxing and Soccer and includes the Draw as a third wagering option. Only one of the three will win and the other two options will be losers.
4. Buying points
Buying points is only allowed in American Football and Basketball. A client may purchase points to move the point spread in his favor at a cost of 10 cents per half point for every dollar wagered.
5. Props (proposition wagers)
Props are additional wagering opportunities offered on a game. They can cover a wide range of results and occurrences within the game e.g. total offensive yards, total first downs, longest scoring play, time of first score etc.
Props are straight wagers only, unless otherwise stated.
For US sports, overtime counts for all proposition wagers unless stated otherwise. For example, overtime does not count for highest scoring quarter of the game, and half with most points.
In the event of an abandoned game all wagers are a push unless a result is already determined through the course of play that has taken place. For player prop markets the player(s) in question must play the game for wagers to have action.
We have provided prop by prop rules under the general rules for each sport. It is the responsibility of the client to be familiar with each props’ rules. Props not covered by these rules will have the rules visible on the site beside the prop in question.
The period of play necessary for wagers to have action may vary from prop to prop. Clients are advised to liaise with Client Services if necessary.
Futures are a single wager on the outcome of an event that will be determined sometime in the future. For example, picking the winner of the NFL championship, the Stanley Cup, or the World Series.
Unless otherwise noted, Futures are subject to straight wagers only.