# How To Gamble: Football

Football

To bet on football, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you want to bet, with the point spread and the amount you wish to wager. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. This means that a wager of \$11 would win \$10 and return \$21.

That is called a straight bet. A straight bet is the most frequent kind of football bet.

The point spread: When betting on football, the team you bet on must”cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points.
Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

The point spread is always placed to the immediate right of the team that is favored. If you bet the Dolphins, the Dolphins must win by 7 points for you to win your wager. If you bet the Jets, any of the following will declare you a winner.
(a) The Jets win the game.
(b) The game ends in a tie.
(c) The Jets lose the game by more than 6 points.

If the Dolphins win by exactly 6 points, the wager is declared a push and all money is refunded.

You may wager that the entire score of the match will be more or less than the amount recorded. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. Simply add the final score of each team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11.

Sometimes, bettors have the option to discard the point spread and bet on which team will win. This is called betting on the “Money Line”

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on \$1.00. A”minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a popular. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.
The Dolphins’ odds are -180, meaning an \$18 bet would win \$10 for a return of \$28. The Jets’ odds are +160, meaning a \$10 bet would win \$16 for a return of \$26.

Football Parlays: More than one team on the exact same bet.

You may combine several teams into one wager. All teams and/or totals must cover the point spread to win the wager. Odds and the number of teams vary from casino to casino. The following are approximate odds:

Any game that results in a push reduces the parlay one team. A two-team parlay would become a straight bet.

Parlay Cards: These offer the potential for huge return while betting as little as \$1.

Sports books offer a lot of different cards, each one with different rules. Rules for parlay cards are placed on the back of each card. Read them carefully before wagering. The cards are simple to complete. Simply darken the boxes, or circles, that apply to the groups you wish to parlay. Then darken the amount you want to bet.

Football Teasers: A wager that improves the point spread, but at reduced odds.

Teasers cannot be straight bets.

“Teasing” the point spread is done by adding points to a underdog or by subtracting points from a favorite. This increases the probability of winning your bet but decreases the odds of the parlay. Odds and the number of points available to”tease” vary from casino to casino.