Sports Betting Strategies: How to Bet Props


Baseball, basketball, and football betting sides and totals are the most popular wagers available everywhere. In addition, due to the growing popularity of non-team sports such as golf, tennis, boxing, and auto racing – including NASCAR – many sportsbooks offer proposition bets (or props for short). The two main methods of wagering on non-team sports are “Betting to Win,” an event, and “Matchup Betting,” which pits one person against another or a group of people. Have the Best information about tennis predictions today.

Winning at Betting

Oddsmakers set futures before every significant event in non-team sports, such as golf, tennis, and auto racing. These are not fixed and are adjusted several times by sportsbooks before the event and are sometimes released months before the event. The same applies to significant team sports such as the NFL and college football, the NBA and college basketball, and MLB baseball.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get attractive odds by betting far ahead of when the event occurs. For example, betting on Tiger Woods in the 2006 Masters golf tournament could get you much better value, as he may be 10/1 now but drop to 6/1 closer to the event if he is on a roll.

In team sports, an example would be NFL futures, where you can often get much better odds on a team by betting before the season begins. For example, a Super Bowl future bet on a group may be 20/1 in the preseason, but if they turn out to be legitimate championship contenders, their odds may drop to 10/1 by midseason.

“Betting to Win,” an outcome event such as The Masters, is the most common way to bet on individuals competing for a specific non-team title. Non-team sports, like football, have multiple events throughout the year, so “Betting to Win” obviously occurs much more frequently than a once-a-year NFL futures bet on the Super Bowl winner.

Because not all competitors in an event may be listed, another betting option is on the “field,” which includes all other competitors not listed. To protect sportsbooks from taking a significant hit if a major upset occurs, the odds on a “field” bet are typically comparable to those on a bet on the favorite. Field bettors benefit from having more than one entrant who can win for them in exchange for a lower payout.

Betting on Matches

“Matchup Betting” is an alternative to betting on the event’s winner in non-team sports such as golf, boxing, tennis, and NASCAR. “Matchup Betting” generally involves one person competing against another in a head-to-head event, such as a tennis match, with the odds determined by the money line.

For example, if Serena Williams faced an overmatched opponent in the United States Open tennis tournament, a good money line would require Serena’s bettors to risk $400 to win $100. In contrast, a $100 bet on her opponent would win $360.

The money line would look like Serena Williams -400 / 102nd ranked opponent +360.

Every $400 bet on Serena results in a $100 profit (plus the return of the $400 staked). If her opponent pulls off the upset, a $100 bet on the underdog would return $360 (plus the $100 staked). Check out How to Read the Money Line for more information on how this works.

A tennis match is also considered a tournament-style head-to-head matchup because the competitors compete directly against each other in the event. An artificial head-to-head matchup occurs when competitors in an event, such as a golf tournament or auto race, compete against each other indirectly because they are competing against everyone in the field, not just one other competitor. These fabricated matchups are also bogus because they are created solely for betting purposes by bookmakers, and different books frequently offer different matchups.

Group matchups are another type of “matchup betting” popular in golf and auto racing events such as NASCAR. You can choose whether a leading or a few lesser competitors will finish first or second in the group, with the odds based on money lines. Because golf and NASCAR have pre-qualifying, not everyone makes it to the final day of competition. These group matchups require all individuals to qualify to compete.

Non-team sports proposition bets are not limited to “Betting to Win” and “Matchup Betting” but are the most common ways to wager on them. Other non-team sports props include which racing team will finish first in a particular NASCAR race (Chevy, Ford, or Dodge) and how many rounds the fight between Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride will last (Over/Under 8.5 games). Props, also known as exotic wagers, are trendy at high-profile team sporting events such as the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. The Imperial Palace Casino’s sportsbook is well-known for its massive selection of prop bets. You can, for example, wager on:

Who will win the coin toss?

Who will score the game’s first touchdown?

What is the precise margin of victory?

As you can see, there’s much more to betting than totals and sides, especially regarding non-team sports betting. So be aware of your wagering options, and don’t miss out on the excitement that non-team sports can provide with prop betting!

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