What Is Sports Betting?

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Sports betting is a form of gambling that involves placing a wager on the outcome of an event. It is a popular form of gambling worldwide and comes in many forms. Some common types of bets include moneylines, totals and futures.


In sports betting, oddsmakers set lines for favorite and underdog teams. The line can move during a game for a variety of reasons, including injuries or other factors. A team that’s favored will be given a higher line, while an underdog will be given a lower one. This is called the “juice” and it’s how sportsbooks maintain their advantage over bettors.

Totals (Over/Under)

A total bet is a wager that determines how many points will be scored by both teams in a game. In most cases, a bet on the over will win, while an under bet will lose.

The Over/Under bet can be a great way to place wagers on a game without risking too much money, especially if you’re betting on the second half of a game. However, if the team you bet on wins by a score that’s less than the over total, your bet will be considered a push.

In the United States, most states have legalized sports betting since a Supreme Court ruling in 2018. New York was the first state to pass legislation, which paved the way for mobile and retail betting to become legal in the state. There are several sportsbooks in the state, including Caesars, DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel.