Types of sports betting

Types of sports betting

Online sports betting and betting at online and physical betting outlets are the most popular in the world. Football, basketball, martial arts and more – all these events attract endless interested people. In the previous article, we talked about betting terms. In this article, you will learn about the different types of sports betting.

Different types of sports betting

1. IF – Win wager

if win

An if – win wager is a bet that carries over to a second team if the player wins on his initial selection. For example, the player has to wager a fixed amount on one team. If that team wins, or the game is tied, then another fixed amount, up to the original amount wagered, shall be placed on a different team.

The player must win his/her first wager in order to continue the action on the remaining wagers. If the first wager loses, there is no subsequent action. Note that the player cannot have duplicate teams in the same if – win wager.

Let us look at each of the following examples :

If-Win types of bets in sports – example One:

Place a fixed wager on Denver Broncos to win with spread of (-7).

If Broncos win, a fixed wager (up to the original amount) is placed on Seattle Seahawks to win with spread of (-3).
If Seattle also wins, the player would collect $200 .00 on a stake of $110.00.

If-Win types of sports bets – example Two:

Place a fixed wager on Denver Broncos to win with spread of (-7).

If Broncos win, a fixed wager (up to the original amount) is placed on Seattle Seahawks to win with spread of (-3).
However, if Seattle loses, the player would lose $11.00 on a stake of $110.00.

If-Win types of online sports betting – example Three:

Place a fixed wager on Denver Broncos to win with spread of (-7).

If Broncos lose, and Seattle wins, the player would then lose $110.00 on a stake of $110.00

2. Money Line types of sports betting

money line

A money line wager, instead of a point spread, may be used to bet on a match-up between two teams. In effect, if a match-up is determined by a money line, like Major League Baseball, then it will cost the player more to wager on the favorite.

For example, the New York Yankees may be a (-150) favorite over the Montreal Expos. In this example, the player must lay $150 in order to win $100. That is, if the Yankees win, the player pockets $100. If the Yankees lose, the player loses $150. On the other hand, the player could have bet on the underdog, Montreal, in which case the player would lay $100 in order to win $140 (10 cent line). If Montreal loses, the player only loses $100, but if Montreal wins, the player would win $140.

3. Future / Proposition types of sports betting

Future / Proposition - different types of sports betting

A future wager is a wager made, or lines/odds posted, on an event, or outcome, that will be determined sometime in the future. For example, it might be a wager placed at the start of the football season on Miami Dolphins to win the Super Bowl. All wagers are final. There is no payoff until the end of the season.

The main point to remember is that future odds change continuously throughout the season. In other words, you get the odds which are in effect at the time you place a wager. Future wagers often attract (high) odds to the player.

A proposition play is a wager based on the outcome of events. Odds change daily and all wagers are considered action for the odds quoted at the time of the wager.

In the case of a future/proposition wager, if your selected team or contestant does not take part in the game or contest due to scratch, injury etc., you will not receive a refund.

The player must also keep in mind the dead heat rule. This means that in the event of a dead heat (tie), the stakes will be divided by the number of selections involved in the dead heat (those dead-heating), with the divided stake settled at full odds. The remaining stakes are losers.

If the tie was a wagering option, however, then the dead heat rule does not apply. It will only apply to future wagers. For example, if there is a three-way tie for the top scorer in a football game, then the player’s winnings are calculated by taking the stake, dividing it by three, and multiplying it by the odds on his/her wagering ticket.

4. Parlay types of sports betting


A parlay wager is a bet on two or more teams or selections. It is one of the more versatile forms of sports wagering. The player can combine different sports, point spreads and money lines. In a parlay wager the original stake and winnings are re-invested on the next game, and all selections must be correct, that is, one loss and the parlay loses.

In the event of a push (tie), game cancellation, or a pitcher who you have specified as not starting, actually starts, the parlay reduces to the next lower number, e.g. a four team parlay becomes a three team parlay. A winning parlay wager will pay many times greater than the initial wager.

No parlay wagers will be accepted where individual selections or propositions are connected. The parts of a parlay wager are deemed to be connected, for example, if one leg of a parlay is for Sampras to defeat Henman in the 4th round of Wimbledon, and the second, or additional, part of the parlay is for Sampras to win the Wimbledon title. The match forms part of the overall tournament and is, therefore, connected.

In the same way, you cannot parlay the over of the first half of a football game with the over of the total game, because the two are connected.

Football and basketball

Football and basketball point spread parlay odds are as follows:

Number of TeamsOdds

Football and basketball Parlays are MAXED at the following odds:

Number of TeamsOdds


Baseball parlays are determined using a different set formula. Because of the money line used in baseball, there are no set payoffs for tying a number of teams together in parlays.

Payoffs are determined by a simple formula that changes the money line into a decimal number and combines it with the other lines in the parlay. The first step is to change the money line into its decimal value. Use the following chart to convert a money line into its’ appropriate decimal value:

-1.05 = 0.95-1.10 = 0.91
-1.15 = 0.87-1.20 = 0.83
-1.25 = 0.80-1.30 = 0.77
-1.35 = 0.74-1.40 = 0.71
-1.45 = 0.69-1.50 = 0.66
-1.55 = 0.64-1.60 = 0.62
-1.65 = 0.61-1.70 = 0.59
-1.75 = 0.57-1.80 = 0.55
-1.85 = 0.54-1.90 = 0.53
-1.95 = 0.51-2.00 = 0.50
-2.10 = 0.48-2.20 = 0.45
-2.30 = 0.43-2.40 = 0.42
-2.50 = 0.40-2.60 = 0.38
-2.70= 0.37-2.80 = 0.36
-3.00 = 0.33-3.25 = 0.31
-3.50 = 0.29
Baseball parlay payoffs

Follow these simple steps to calculate baseball parlay payoffs:

  • Step 1: Select the number of teams you want to tie together in a parlay wager.
  • Step 2: For each price or odds quote on your teams look at their respective payoffs listed in the decimal conversion chart on the last page.
  • Step 3: Note the decimal conversion payoffs for all teams selected.
  • Step 4: Add $1.00 to each of these payoffs.
  • Step 5: Multiply your wager ($) times (x) the products of the payoffs to calculate your potential parlay return.

For example, Let us say you select two teams, the New York Yankees and the Montreal Expos, for your baseball parlay. And let us say that at this particular time of the season the Yankees are listed to payoff at (-1.60) and the Expos at(-1.40). The conversion chart shows that the payoff for the Yankees would be (0.62) and the Expos (0.71). You decide to wager $50.00. The formula to calculate your payoff would be:

50 x 1.62 x 1.71 = 138.51

or, in other words, $50.00 (your parlay wager) times Yankees payoff of $1.62 (0.62 + $1.00) times Expos payoff of $1.71 (0.71 + $1.00) = $138.51

The payoff would naturally include your original parlay wager of $50.00

5. Pleaser types of sports betting

Pleaser types of bets in sports

A Pleaser is a combination of a Reverse Teaser with Parlay Payoff Odds. In a Pleaser the Player is choosing to move the line on the game against his favor in return for a higher payout.

Player chooses a 2 Team 6 Point Pleaser on the Cowboys -6 and Eagles -2 for $100.
The Pleaser Wager he chose would result in the following:

2 team
Cowboys -12
Eagles -8
$100 to win $700

As you can see in the above example the Line in a Pleaser moved opposite of a Teaser. However, the Payoff on the Pleaser is much higher. The player in the above example is risking $100 to win $700.

6. Reverse bet


A reverse wager is the same as two if – win wagers. This means that if wager A wins, the bet goes to wager B. Likewise, if wager B wins, the bet goes to wager A. On the other hand, if wager A loses, the bet does not go to wager B. And again, if wager B loses, the bet does not go to wager A. If wager A wins, the bet goes to wager B, but if wager B loses, the bet does not go to wager A.

All standard reverse bets are double action, therefore, in the event of a tie, the bet is still active. Let us look at each of the following examples :

Example OneExample TwoExample Three
Broncos -7  (Win)Broncos -7  (Win)Broncos -7  (Win)
If – WinIf – WinIf – Win
Seattle -3  (Win)Seattle -3  (Lose)Seattle -3  (Lose)
Seattle -3  (Win)Seattle -3  (Lose)Seattle -3  (Lose)
If – WinIf – WinIf – Win
Broncos -7  (Win)Broncos -7  (Lose)Broncos -7  (Lose)

1 In example one, with a stake of $220.00, the player would take home $400.00.

2 In example two, with a stake of $220.00, the player would lose $120.00.

3 In example three, with a stake of $220.00, the player would lose $220.00

7. Straight types of sports betting

Straight - types of sports bets

This most common type of sports wager is based on the results of a single game. This is known as a straight wager. One team is typically favored over another by a point spread. The favorite gives the underdog a number of points as a head start. This is done for betting purposes only. The favorite is always indicated by a minus sign (-7) and the underdog by a plus sign (+7). The number of points a player must give or take is estimated to be the number that will generate equal wagering on both the underdog and the favorite.

For betting purposes, the result of the game is determined by taking the actual score and subtracting points from the favorite’s score, or adding points to the underdog’s score. So, a favorite can win the game, but lose it for betting purposes, and an underdog can lose the game, but win it for betting purposes.

In most straight bets, which are set by a point spread, the player must lay $11 for every $10 he/she wishes to win. For example, the Oakland Raiders may be favored by 7 points over the Denver Broncos. A player who wishes to win $10 on Oakland must give Denver 7 points. If Oakland wins by more than 7 points than the Oakland player wins $10. If Oakland wins by less than 7 points, or loses outright, then the Oakland player loses $11. On the other side of the wager, in order for a Denver player to win, The Denver Broncos must win the game outright, or lose by less than 7 points.

8. Teaser bets


A teaser wager is a wager on two or more teams or selections. The difference between the teaser wager and the parlay is that the player can adjust or tease the line in his/her own favor.For example, if the Denver Broncos are favored by seven points in one game, and the Seattle Seahawks are favored by 10 points in a second game, a teaser could very well favor the player. That is, a six point, two team teaser would adjust the point spread six points in favor of the player. In effect, Denver would now be favored by one point (7-6 = 1) and Seattle would be favored by four points (10-6 = 4).

In this particular example the player is wagering that Denver will win by more that one point (7-6 = 1) and Seattle will win by more than four points (10-6 = 4).

9. Totals types of sports betting

Totals - types of online sports betting

The totals wager (or the over/under betting – more about it) is based on the combined total number of points or goals scored by two teams in a single game. A player bets on whether the combined total number of points or goals scored by the two teams in the game will be over or under the total set by the oddsmaker/handicapper. For example, if the total set by the oddsmaker is 42 and you believe that the combined points scored by the two teams will exceed that number, you would bet over. You would bet under if you believe the total points score will be less than 42.