Sports Betting 101
Sports betting is the act of placing a wager on the outcome of a sports event. It is a game of skill and luck. It is important to do your research and let statistics and math guide your bets. Using this information can help you win more bets and avoid the mistakes that most beginners make.
A bet that wins is referred to as covering the spread. This term is used to describe a bet that beats the point spread set by a sportsbook. A team’s odds are shown with a plus sign (+) or a minus sign (-) to indicate their chances of winning. It is common for a plus sign to be interpreted as positive and a minus sign to be viewed as negative, but this is not always the case.
Another term to know is the Over/Under bet. This is a bet that is placed on the total number of points, goals, rebounds, hits, rounds, birdies, aces, or any other statistical category depending on the sport. The bettor decides whether the given category will finish over or under a predetermined total set by a sportsbook.
The most successful sports bettors make a living wage by winning their bets over the long run. However, this is not easy and requires a good understanding of mathematics to overcome the house edge (known as vig) that sportsbooks build into their odds. The best bettors consistently make money because they get about 53% of their bets right and place bets judiciously so that their bankroll lasts.