Reading Lines

Money Lines

In the top left hand corner, there is a drop down list that lets you select either “Total” or “ML” (and quarters etc which we discussed earlier). Select “ML” (money line). With money line odds, you are just betting on the outcome of the game, straight up win or lose. Whenever there is a minus (-) that team is the favorite and you lay that amount to win $100. Where there is a plus (+) that team is the underdog and you get that amount for every $100 wagered. Example:

  • Dodgers: + 150
  • Phillies: - 160

Run & Puck Lines

An alternative money line for baseball and hockey, they include a small fixed point spread.

Player would lay $160 to win $100 on the Phillies (total return $260). Player wagers $100 to win $150 on the Dodgers (total return $250).

Total Lines

total line

Change the drop down list to "Total". In each line there are two bets - spread bets, and over under bet.

In the spread bet, in this example the Baltimore are listed as two and a half point favorites (-2½) over Cincinnati and Tennessee are five and a half point favorites (-5½) against Pittsburgh. So, if you bet $110 on the favored Ravens, they must defeat Cincinnati by more than three points in order to win $100. If you bet $110 on the underdog Steelers you will win $100 if they win outright or lose by less than the five and a half-point spread. If the spread was a whole number and the final score happens to end up exactly on the number it's a tie, or 'push,' and you get your money back.

In the over/under bet you are betting on the total amount of points scored by both teams. In the above example, the total, or "over/under," in the Cincinnati-Baltimore game is 40. You can bet whether the final score will come in over or under that total by laying $110 to win $100. Over/Under betting is betting on the total score of both teams in a game. Typically, the price for either the under or the over is -110, which means that a bettor would have to bet $110 to make a profit of $100 on a winning bet. The bookmakers can adjust that price if bettors are betting too much on one side and not enough on the other.

The default odds are -110 (lay $110 to win $100), but in some cases the bookmaker will change this to entice a customer. In this case they can increase the odds to -115, -120 etc. In this case they will not show the “-1” but simply the “15” or “20”, along with the letter o or u to show if the odds are for an over or under bet. Eg 8½u15

In baseball, this is also done, with the target usually set at about 8 runs. The odds might be displayed as follows:

Baseball line

In this case, the target is 9½ runs, with the odds being -179 that it will be over (ie the bookmakers think it will be more than 9½ runs), and odds or 120 that it will be under.

Best Odds

In the center of the screen is the "Best Odds" column. This compares all the odds for a given game and tells you instantly where the best odds can be found. Clicking the bookmakers logo will take you directly to that website. Hovering over the logo will show the odds. In the case of multiple odds bookmakers having the same odds, a small "M" will appear and you can click this to give you a list of all bookmakers that have that price.

At the top of the column is a drop down list that lets you select whether you wish to search for money line (ML) or spread and over/under odds (Total)