Topic #1 How to Read Sports Betting Odds
How much do I bet, and how much will I win?
Common questions, and great questions for new sports bettors to ask!
There are two ways that you will typically see odds displayed, as a fraction 2/1 (or 2 to 1) or as a decimal 2.00.
How you chose to view the odds is a personal preference.
If you chose to view odds as a decimal, you take the first number and divide it by the second. So if your odds read 7/4, you simply divide 7 by 4, which equals 1.75. That is the decimal form odds, now you simply multiply 1.75 by whatever your stake amount is to figure out your potential profit. In this case, if you were to risk R100, then your potential win would be R175 profit. In addition, you will receive your initial stake amount of R100 as well, for a total of R275 in your hand.
Topic #2 80 Minutes Winner
This is where you simply bet on which team will win the game outright, no handicaps, just the straight up winner. Although this may appear to be easier, you will pay for it as the odds (payout) will reflect the lack of a handicap. If you bet on a favourite then you will win less than with a handicap, but if you bet on the underdog and win you will receive and even greater win amount based on the greater risk taken.
Topic #3: The Handicaps and Totals
Okay, you look at the games for Saturday and you see something like this:
South Africa (-44.5) Japan (+44.5)
This is the betting line not the odds.
How to read Handicaps
Whenever you see a team with a (-) number next to them (-44.5 in this case) that means that team is favoured to win by that margin: 44.5 points. So there are two options here. A player can choose to bet on the matchup either South Africa -44.5 points, or Japan +44.5 points. For the player who bets on South Africa -44.5, SA must win by more than 44.5 points for this to be a winning bet. For the player who bets on Japan +44.5, they must either win the game, or lose by less than 44.5 points for this to be a winning bet. You will see the points displayed as half numbers like South Africa -44.5. If you bet on South Africa and they win by 45 you win. If they win by 44 or less you lose.
How to Bet Over/Under
Okay so the other betting option available to you is the total or ‘Over/Under’. You can choose to bet that the total points between the two teams will either be greater (OVER) or less than (UNDER) the projected total.
Topic #4: Exotic Markets
Exotics are bet types under each match that follow that match.
This is a fun way for people to bet on what will happen in the 80 Minutes match.
Markets that we offer include but are not limited to:
- Team to Score Last
- 1st Try Converted
- Anytime Try Scorer
- Number of Tries
- 1st Try scorer
- First half Total Points
- To Win the First Half
- Winning Margin
- Half time/Full time
- Home Team to Win First Half
- Half Time Handicap
- First Scoring Play