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STRAIGHT WAGER LINES

A line is the set of rules used to calculate results and payouts of straight wagers. The four standard line types are listed below.

  • Point Spreads
  • Money Lines
  • Totals
  • European Prices


Point Spreads
A Point Spread bet is placed on one team to win against another, subject to the Point Spread.

The favorite is indicated by the minus sign "-" and the underdog is indicated by the plus sign "+". To determine the winner for betting purposes, the Point Spread is added to the final score of the team you bet on. Point Spread rules are as follows:

  • To win your bet, the team you bet on must win by the Point Spread.
  • On certain events you can adjust the point spread by buying points.
  • Games that tie when taking the point spread into consideration are no action which means your original bet amount will be refunded to your account.
  • The odds are $1.10 to win $1.00 (-110) unless otherwise indicated.
  • You cannot place a Point Spread bet on opposing teams.
  • You cannot place a Money Line and a Point Spread bet on the same team.
  • You can place a Point Spread bet on one team and a Money Line bet on the opposing team.
  • You can combine a Point Spread bet with a Totals bet.
  • The Point Spread may change between the time you place your bet and the time the event starts; regardless, your bet is subject to the point spread displayed at the time you placed your bet.
For example, you wager on Miami -7 to beat Buffalo +7. The following table shows possible wager results on three final scores.

Actual Final Score

Final Score with
Point Spread applied

Bet Result

Miami 21 Buffalo 19

Miami 14 Buffalo 19

Loss

Miami 26 Buffalo 19

Miami 19 Buffalo 19

Tie

Miami 27 Buffalo 19

Miami 20 Buffalo 19

Win


Money Lines
Money Lines are the simplest form of sports bets. The team you bet on just has to win the game. Your bet is not subject to a point spread. The amount you may win is determined by the money line. Money Line rules are as follows:

  • Money Lines are displayed with a plus "+" or a minus "-" sign.
  • Money Lines posted with a minus sign "-" require a bet equal to the amount shown after the minus sign to win $100.
  • Money Lines posted with a plus sign "+" require a $100 bet to win the amount shown after the plus sign.
  • To win your bet, the team you bet on must win the game.
  • Tie games are no action, which means your original bet amount will be refunded to your account.
  • You cannot place a Money Line bet on both teams.
  • You cannot place a Money Line bet and a Point Spread bet on the same team.
  • You can place a Money Line bet on one team and a Point Spread bet on the opposing team.
  • You can combine a Money Line with a Totals line, even on the same event.
  • The Money Line may change between the time you place your bet and the event's start time. Payout of your bet is subject to the Money Line that was displayed at the time you placed your bet.
For example, you bet on Miami -160 to beat Buffalo +260. You must bet $160 to win $100 if Miami wins the game. Your friend bets on Buffalo. Your friend must bet $100 to win $260 if Buffalo wins. The following table displays the results of four different winning Money Line bets.

Winner

Money Line

Bet Amount on Winner

Payout
(including bet amount)

Miami

-160

$ 80

$ 130

Miami

-160

$ 160

$ 260

Buffalo

+260

$ 100

$ 360

Buffalo

+260

$ 50

$ 180


Totals
Totals are also known as over / under bets. You bet that the actual combined total score of both teams will be over or under the number displayed in your bet. The winning team is irrelevant to this bet. Totals rules are as follows:

  • If the actual combined total score of both teams is equal to the number displayed in your Totals bet, the bet is no action; this means your original bet amount will be refunded to your account.
  • The odds are $1.10 to win $1.00 (-110) unless otherwise indicated.
  • On certain events you can adjust the odds by buying points.
  • You cannot place Totals bets on opposing teams.
  • You can combine a Money Line or Point Spread bet with a Totals bet.
  • The Total amount may change between the time you place your bet and the time the event starts; regardless, your bet is subject to the Total amount displayed at the time you placed your bet.
For example, the current Totals line on the Miami-Buffalo game is Over 35 / Under 35. You bet on the Over and your friend bets on the Under. The following table displays the bet results based on three different game outcomes.

Final Score

Combined Score

You

Your Friend

Miami 21 Buffalo 19

40

Win

Loss

Miami 21 Buffalo 14

35

Tie

Tie

Miami 21 Buffalo 4

25

Loss

Win


European Prices
European Prices are similar to Money Lines. We display them in decimal format and use two formulas to calculate payouts.

European Prices above 1.0

(Wager Amount) x (European Price) = Total Payout

European Prices below 1.0

(Wager Amount) x (European Price) + Wager Amount = Total Payout

For example, you bet $100 on Manchester City 2.40 to beat Arsenal 0.60. If Manchester City wins, you win $240. Your friend bets $100 on Arsenal. If Arsenal wins, your friend wins $160. The following table displays the results of four different winning European Price bets.

Winner

Bet Amount on Winner

European Price

Payout
(including bet amount)

Manchester City

$20

2.40

$48

Manchester City

$100

2.40

$240

Arsenal

$20

0.60

$32

Arsenal

$100

0.60

$160


Conversion

If you prefer Money Lines to European Prices or vice versa, you can convert the line to your preferred type.

Use this formula if the Money Line has a minus sign "-".

European Price = (100 / (Money Line * -1)) + 1

Use this formula if the Money Line has a plus sign "+".

European Price = (Money Line / 100)+1

The following table displays conversions of Money Lines to European Prices.

Money Line

European Price

Payout per $100 Bet (including bet amount)

+140

2.40

$ 240

-200

1.50

$ 150

+160

2.60

$ 260

European Prices do not always convert evenly into Money Lines since Money Lines are based on whole numbers.


Buy Points
Buy Points allows you to move the point spread in your favor by paying a surcharge. You can only buy points on football and basketball point spreads and totals.

You can normally buy an extra 1/2 point by laying -120 instead of the standard -110.

Buying points on or off key points or magic numbers is more expensive. Three is usually the key point in football. Although there are no standard key points in basketball, we may set key points on certain games.

After you buy a point and place your bet, check your betting ticket to see the new price on the event.

For example, Miami plays Buffalo. Miami is favored by 4.5 points. You want to adjust the line in your favor by bringing the Miami line down to -2. You can do this for an additional 70 cents. This means you will have to bet $180 to win $100. The following table shows the incremental cost of various point purchases including purchases on and off Key Points.

Miami Point Spread

Buy Points Surcharge on this Game

Posted Line -4.5

standard -110

-4.5 to -4.0

10 or -120

-4.0 to -3.5

10 or -130

-3.5 to -3.0

20 or -150

-3.0 to -2.5

20 or -170

-2.5 to -2.0

10 or -180


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