Smart Sport Betting Guide – Understanding the Basics

Sports betting has been around for centuries and has grown in popularity in the recent years due to technology. Now you can place a bet online with your favourite sports book, or make a selection on your cell phone – all these at the comfort of your own home. Sports betting has never been easier in the history of mankind to bet on sports.

Sports wagering can definitely provide extreme fun and excitement to those passionate about sports as well as the serious bettors finding a way to make smart money. Before one embarks on sports betting, it would be wise to understand the basic of sports betting.

In this article you will learn the 8 basic terms and definitions commonly used in betting on sports.

1. Straight Bets

A straight bet is the most common bet. This is where you wager on a single side to win. Straight bets can be made using either the point spread or the money line or the game total to go over or under. The format of line will vary depending on the sport that you are betting on.

2. Parlays

A parlay is a bet with two or more teams (events) in which all teams must win. Since it is harder to predict multiple events than it is for a single event, the payout odds increases as the number of included events increases.

3. Teasers

A teaser is a special type of parlay in sports betting in which you adjust the point spread or total of each individual play. Additional points are either either added to the underdog or subtracted from the favorite. The price of moving the point spread (teasing) is lower payout odds for winning the teaser wagers.

4. Props

In sports betting, a prop is a special wager offered by the sports book on unique and various topics. These wagers can be on sporting events, politics, and even trial outcomes. The wagers use the money line format of pay off odds and might included for example who scores the first touchdown in the super bowl, or who will win the next presidential election, or whether or not O. J. will be found guilty.

5. Futures

In sports betting, futures odds are posted in advance on the winners (a team or a player) of various major events or tournaments at the start of a season. The odds will change as the season or tournament progresses and it will change according to each team’s performance in the series. However the odds at the time of your wager will remain in effect.

6. Total (over/under)

In sports betting, a total wager is to bet on the combined number of runs, points or goals scored by both teams during the game, including the overtime. You can bet Over – In sports betting the over is a sports bet in which the bettor guesses that the combined point total of two teams will be above a specified total. Or you can bet Under – When it comes to sports betting a under is a wager in which the bettor guesses that the total points scored by two teams will be under a certain number.

7. Point Spread

In sports betting this is the predicted scoring differential between two teams as quoted by a sports book. A “line” is set for each game by the odds makers. Favorites will have a – (minus) sign followed by a number, while the underdogs will have a + (plus), followed by a number. Here’s an example NFL line:

Chicago + 7

Baltimore -7

Baltimore is the favorite and must win by 8 points or more to win. If they win by exactly 7 points, the game is a “push” or tie, and you get the amount of your bet back. If Baltimore wins by 6 points or less, or loses the game, then those that bet on Chicago will win the money.

A lot of times you’ll see a 1/2 point, for example Baltimore is -7 1/2 points. This eliminates “pushes” since a team can’t score 1/2 a point.

Sometimes you’ll see games where the spread is “Pick” or “PK”. That means the line is 0 and no points are in effect…just pick the winner. Point spread bets can be either “straight” or “parlay” bets.

8. Money Lines

In sports betting, they are odds expressed in terms of money. With money odds, whenever there is a minus (-) you lay that amount to win a hundred dollars, where there is a plus (+) you get that amount for every hundred dollars wagered. The minus sign is for the favorites while the plus sign is for the underdog.

Well, I hope this article will offer some basic insight and understanding and may perhaps provide some help to your sports betting.

Towards your consistent winning on sports betting!


Top 6 Keys in Team Building

Growing up in rural Mississippi was awesome. I wouldn’t trade those lifetime experiences for anything. As a child growing up all the way through young adulthood, I was always involved in team activities. Team sports mainly, but also team school activities in different clubs or organizations.

I’ll always remember a former coach’s words so eloquently expressed during a halftime speech as we were trailing by 14 points. It goes something like this, and I paraphrase, “This game is not about you, it’s about the TEAM.” I omitted a few expletives to keep it readable, that coach was very passionate and overly dramatic. You get the picture.

Learning to build a strong, dynamic team takes work. As you grow, you learn what works in team building and what doesn’t work. Sometimes we learn the hard way. My top 5 keys in building a strong team are listed below.

1. Know your role.

As a team member, we can’t all be superstars. There are key role players that make up each and every successful team. For instance, everyone has heard of Peyton Manning, right? The longtime Colt quarterback now with the Broncos. Do you know who his favorite receiver is? Do you know who his favorite receiver was? Do you know the center’s name that snaps him the ball? Do you know the names of any of the offensive lineman on his current team? Probably not. However, without those role players there is no team.

Do you know your role on your team? At the office, do you now what is expected of you?

2. Communicate.

Communication, in my opinion, is the single most important factor in team building. Why? Are you a mind-reader? Can you assume what your manager or employee is thinking regarding that all important task or deadline? You know what happens when we ASSUME, right? You make an A__ out of U and ME.

Have you ever been involved in a personal relationship and there was a communication breakdown? We all have at some point. When we get off track it’s always due to a lack of communication.

After all, if you have no desire to communicate with your team members or loved one, it’s time to find a new team.

3. Know your destination.

All too often I hear co-workers, team members, employees and even managers say something like “I don’t know why we are even doing this, it’s not going to help”. Does your team even know why they come to the office early everyday? Do they even know why they stay late?

Knowing your destination includes short-term objectives as well as the long-term goals. Keep those in front of everyone concerned. If everyone knows the WHY, they will figure out the HOW.

4. Re-evaluate periodically.

Just like my former coach at halftime who said, “The great teams are the ones that can adjust midway through the game.” Being able to adjust and make modifications on the fly is crucial. I’m a firm believer in adaptability. When your team faces an unexpected obstacle or deadline, how will you react? After all, life will definitely throw you a curveball. It’s how we react that counts.

5. Put the Team first.

Putting the team first means putting ourselves second. If it will benefit the team more by doing a certain task then that need to be the guideline. You may not see the personal benefits initially, but if you put the team’s best interests before your own, the team will go a lot further, faster.

6. Don’t Quit.

Have you ever quit anything in your life? We all have. Here’s what I have learned. Once you succumb to quitting, it becomes easier and easier. Success works the same way. Once you learn how to make it work, it becomes habit.

Adopt the attitude that if you don’t first succeed, try, try again. It’s an old adage but will serve you well in developing your team.

Surrounding yourself with a highly functional team will take you to new levels. Use these 5 keys to explode your team.