Sports Betting Strategy

# The Mechanics Of Sports Betting

The professional handicappers that turn out to be successful with sports betting are those who invest the necessary time to understand the mechanics of betting on sports and how to maximize their overall win potential. You need to have a strong understanding of sports (handicapping the MLB odds, for example), a strong knowledge of money management and the ability to assess value and probability. Here is a look at the mechanics of sports betting.

The Basic Mechanics

A sports bet essentially involves two parties staking opposite views on the outcome of an event with a sum of money. Therefore, when you place a wager with a sportsbook you are risking a certain amount of money on the probability of an occurrence while the sportsbook is risking that amount of money against that occurrence. The sportsbooks will often put a juice amount on each wager so that they make a little more on every loss suffered by a member than they will lose if the member wins.

The Three Components

The three components that make up every wager include the selection of the wager, the amount that is staked and the odds of the outcome selected. The sports bettor will pick a scenario they think will happen and will have the potential to win a certain amount of money based on the amount they are risking and the odds of that scenario occurring.

The Simple Wager

While some wagers can be a little more complicated the simple wager is very easy to understand. For example, if you think the New England Patriots will beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL playoff game then you can risk a certain amount to win a certain amount betting on them to win. While the value might not be as high as you like betting them straight up to win, you can play the point spread in order to get better value. In this example, you might take the Patriots -6.5 points in order to get a better payout if you think they can win by one touchdown or more. At the same time, you might prefer to bet on the total for the game and pick the over or under in that selection. Therefore, you can bet the two teams to score more points than the number or to score less points than the number set by the sportsbook. There will usually be a number of wagers that you can make for each different sports betting event based on the outcome that you think will be the most likely to happen.