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HOW TO BET ON
FOOTBALL
Whether you're a Football betting rookie or just need to hone your skills, here are some betting basics that should help you successfully bet on NFL and College football games with DraftKings Sportsbook.

FOOTBALL BETTING TYPES

Point Spreads

A Point Spread Is A Popular Form Of Wagering On Football. It Shows Each Team With A (+) Or (-) Handicap, Commonly Referred To As The 'Line'. You Win A Point Spread By Predicting The Winner Of A Game With The Line Factored Into The Final Score. If New Orleans Is Favored Over Tampa Bay With A Spread Of -7.5, They'll Need To Win By 8 Points For You To Cover The Spread And Win The Bet.

Moneylines

Betting The Moneyline Is Simply Picking Who Will Win The Game. Odds Are Associated With Each Team, Based On Their Probability Of Winning. The Bigger The Favorite, The Lower The Odds And Payout. The Bigger The Underdog, The Higher The Odds And Payout, If They Find A Way To Win.

Over/Unders

Also Known As Totals Or Displayed As O/U. Oddsmakers Will Create A Number Based On How Many Total Points They Think Will Be Scored In The Game. You’ll Bet Whether You Think The Combined Final Score Will Be Over Or Under That Number. If The O/U For Green Bay And Chicago Is 47.5, You’ll Need At Least 48 Points Scored To Win The Over And A Max Of 47 Points Scored To Win The Under.

Parlays

This Is Placing A Bet On Multiple Outcomes To Occur. To Win, All Outcomes Within The Parlay Must Be Selected Correctly. For Example, If You Parlay $100 On New York And Pittsburgh, You’ll Need Both Teams To Be Victorious To Win Your Bet. Given That You Need To Be Correct On Each Wager In The Entire Stake, Parlays Are One Of The Riskier Football Betting Types, But Offer Greater Rewards. At DraftKings Sportsbook, You Can Parlay All Sorts Of Outcomes Together Across Events, Not Just Moneylines And Spreads, But Also Any Prop Bets, Futures And More.

Futures

Bets Available For Future Events, Like Who Will Be The League Champion, Who Will Be MVP And More. Think Philadelphia Is Going To Repeat? Wagering $100 On Them Right Now (+800) Would Win You $800 If They Brought Home The Lombardi Trophy. Futures Are Offered Well In Advance Of Any Season And Are Continually Adjusted As It Unfolds.

Prop Bets

Prop Bets Can Take Many Forms And Be Related To Specific Outcomes In A Game (Game Props), Player Performance (Player Props), Team Performance (Team Props) And More. Will There Be A Safety Recorded In New England Vs. Houston Week 1 Game? You Can Bet On That. Think Tom Brady Is Going To Throw For 300+ Yards In That Same Game? You Can Put Money On That As Well. Widely Considered To Be Fun Bets, Prop Bets Are Typically Available For Just About Anything Related To The Game.

Live/In-Game Betting

The Ability To Bet On A Game As It Happens. The Odds Are Dynamic And Will Update Over The Course Of The Game, Based On The Real Action Taking Place. After A Big First Quarter, New York Is In Total Control Of The Game. Put Your Money On Them To Win And Reap The Rewards.

FOOTBALL BETTING MISTAKES

Not Watching Enough Football

In Order To Successfully Bet, It Is Important To Stay On Top Of News And Know How Teams Play. Watching Games And Staying On Top Of News Will Help You Make Wiser Betting Decisions.

Overreacting To Or Ignoring Injuries

Since Injuries Are So Common In Football, It’s Important Not To Overreact To Injuries When Betting On Football Games. Good Teams Can Still Play Well Without Key Players. On The Other Hand, If A Good Player Gets Injured And It Significantly Depletes Their Team, You Don’t Want To Ignore That Injury.

Mismanaging Your Bankroll

Before Placing Your First Bet, Set Aside A Sum Of Money To Be Used As Your Bankroll. The Fastest Way To Losing That Bankroll Is Mismanaging It. Don’t Chase Losses (Bet More Than You Normally Would) To Make Up For One Loss. Don’t Get Greedy If You Go On A Winning Streak.

Betting On Your Favorite Team

Many Times Bettors Can Get Blinded By Favoritism. Don’t Fall Into This Trap. When You Bet On Your Favorite Team, You’re More Likely To Bet With Your Heart Than Your Head. The Oddsmakers Can See Things That Your Impartial Eyes Can’t.

HOW TO BET ON
BASKETBALL
Basketball is one of the most popular sports for betting in the world as it mixes thrilling, fast-paced games with dynamic outcomes that offer interested parties a variety of potential wagers to make. While basketball is one of the simpler sports to bet on, there is a groundwork of knowledge that potential basketball gamblers need to have under their feet before laying their first wager on DraftKings Sportsbook.

BASKETBALL BETTING TYPES

Point Spread Betting

Basketball Point Spread Betting Is Probably The Most Popular Type Of Wager That You Can Make. The Point Spread Is A Calculated Points Difference Determined By Oddsmakers Between Two Teams Lining Up.

For Example, If Golden State Is Playing Charlotte, They’ll Be A Big Favorite. As A 12-Point Favorite (For Example), Golden State Must Win The Game By 12 Points Or More For Them To ‘Cover The Spread.’ Any Result Where Charlotte Wins Or Loses By Less Than 12 Points, Bets On Charlotte Against The Spread Would Win.

In The NBA, Betting Against The Spread Is A Great Way To Make Every Game Interesting, Even While The Game Is Live. With 82 Games In A Season, Even The Best Teams Will Lose To Major Underdogs And Of Course There Are Plenty Of Momentum Swings, Resulting In Huge Runs. Savvy Researchers Who Pay Attention To Fatigue, Home/Road Splits, Player Injuries And Coaching Changes Can All Find An Edge Against Their Competition.

Point Totals

Total Betting Is Another Extremely Popular Way To Bet On Basketball. Also Known As Over/Under, Betting On The Point Total Is As Simple As It Sounds. You Are Placing A Wager Based On Whether Or Not The Two Teams On The Court Exceed Or Fail To Meet A Certain Combined Score. Here's An Example:

Let's Say That Duke And Michigan State Are Slated To Square Off With A Point Total Set At 155.5. If You Believe That They Will Combine For More Than 155.5 Points, You Would Wager On The Over. If You Feel That Duke And Michigan State Won't Meet That Score, You Would Wager On The Under. If The Final Score Is 80-75, Bets On The Under Would Be Successful.

Money Line

Betting On The Money Line Is A Simplified Version Of The Prior Two Wager Types. Instead Of Including Points, You Simply Place Your Money On Who You Think Will Win The Game. Money Line Wagers Are Built Around Odds Which Means That If You Are Betting On The Favorite, You Have To Stake More Money Than If You Were Betting On The Underdog (For The Same Profit/Return). For Example, You Wouldn't Really Make A Significant Amount Of Money By Betting On A Large, Competitive School Like UVA Against A Small School If UVA Wins.

Parlays

Parlays Are All About Stringing Together Bets To Increase Winnings. In Order To Win Your Parlay, You Must Accurately Make Multiple Winning Picks To Win. By Combining Several Bets Into A Parlay, The Chances Of Winning Are Less, But The Rewards Are Much Greater If You Pick Correctly.

BASKETBALL BETTING STRATEGIES

Research Until Tip-Off

Basketball Is Unique Among Sports In That Players Can And Will Be Pulled From The Starting Lineup All The Way Up Until The Actual Start Of The Game. In Baseball, Lineup Cards Are Submitted Hours Prior To The Game. In Football, Actives/Inactives Are Released In The Morning Before Games Are Underway. In Basketball, Players Can Be Pulled From The Bench Based On A Cold Or A Tightened Muscle. Pay Attention To Social Media And Be Aware Of Any Last-Minute Lineup Changes. A Golden State Team That Suddenly Sits Kevin Durant Is A Great Opportunity To Bet Against The Spread, For Example.

Account For Scheduling

With 82 Games In A Condensed Season, There Are Going To Be Times When Players Are Forced To Take What Is Known As A 'Circus Road Trip'. Teams Will Hop On A Jet And Fly All Across The Country In Order To Play Two Games In Three Days. Fatigue From Travel And Excessive Playtime Can Directly Impact The Outcome Of A Game. Pay Attention To Scheduling, Travel Distance, And Home/Road Advantages.

Embrace Advanced Statistics

While Basketball Isn't Comparable With Baseball, In Terms Of Statistics, There Are Many Reliable Metrics To Work With While Deciding Your Wagers. Use Turnovers, Team Rebounding And 3-Point Shooting Percentages As A Team In Order To Guide Your Bets.

BASKETBALL BETTING MISTAKES

Confirming Your Bias

If You Are A Huge Los Angeles Fan, You Might Feel Inclined To Place Wagers Down In Support Of Your Team. Lose Your Bias Instead Of Losing Your Money. Look At All Teams Neutrally And Don't Let Your Love Of A Team Interfere With A Level-Headed Bet.

Ignoring Fatigue Patterns

Finally, The Game Of Basketball Is Beholden To The Energy Of The Players On The Court. Coaches Who Are Trying To Take Care Of Their Best Players Will Often Try And Limit Their Minutes Played, Especially On Back-To-Back Nights. If Kyrie Irving Plays 42 Minutes On Thursday, You Can Expect His Numbers To Be Reduced For A Back-To-Back Set On Friday. With Kyrie Limited, Boston Can Be Assumed To Lose A Small Step And This Creates Value For Clever Bettors And A Trap For Fans Who Don't Pay Attention.

Choosing The Wrong Sportsbook

Winning Is All About Getting Paid And Choosing To Bet With An Unreliable Sportsbook Could Make That Difficult. Make Sure You Choose A Reputable Sportsbook With A Safe And Secure Betting Platform.

HOW TO BET ON
BASEBALL
Summer is all about baseball, and betting on baseball can make the season much more exciting. With 2,430 regular season games to bet on, baseball offers lots of opportunities to win. Learn the ins and outs of baseball betting, from MLB run lines to common baseball betting mistakes, so you can successfully bet on MLB games with DraftKings Sportsbook.

BASEBALL BETTING TYPES

Moneylines

In Baseball, Betting On The Moneyline Is Simply Betting On Who Will Win The Game. For Example If The Moneyline Has St. Louis At +150 And Cincinnati At -170, Cincinnati Is The Favored Team And You Would Need To Bet $170 Just To Win $100. If You Place A $100 Bet On St. Louis And They Pull Off A Win, You Would Win $150.

Betting On An Underdog Can Provide Significant Winnings If They Manage To Pull Off An Upset With So Many Regular Season Games, It’s Important To Be Aware Of How Teams Are Trending And Equally, To Pay Attention To Who Is Playing From Each Team, Particularly The Starting Pitcher. Look For Innings Pitched, Walks Plus Hits Per Innings Pitched, Earned Run Average, And Wins Above Replacement Player Stats For Starting Pitchers To Help Decide Which Team To Bet On.

Run Lines

A Baseball Run Line Is A Point Spread Or Handicap Bet. Bets Are Based On A 1.5 Point Spread. So If Houston Is At +1.5 Runs At Odds Of +140 And Chicago Is At -1.5 Runs -110, A $110 Bet On Chicago Would Be Required To Win $100 If They Win By 1.5 Or More Runs. It Would Cost $71.43 To Win $100 On A Bet That Houston Would Not Lose By More Than One Run.

Run Lines Can Often Have Very Different Odds Than Moneyline Bets, As Winning The Bet Requires Meeting A 1.5 Point Threshold In Addition To Winning The Game, And Losing The Game Could Still Result In A Winning Bet If The Team Doesn’t Lose By More Than The Spread.

Totals

Baseball Totals Are Bets Based On The Total Number Of Runs Scored In A Game. You Bet On Whether The Total Runs Will Be Over Or Under A Number Set By Oddsmakers. If The Over/Under For Seattle And Philadelphia Is 8, You’ll Need At Least 9 Runs Scored To Win The Over And A Max Of 7 Runs Scored To Win The Under. If The Final Score Is 4-5, For A Total Of 9 Runs And You Bet On Over, You’d Win The Bet.

Baseball Totals Are Often Set At A Number Like 8.5. This Means That The Total Runs Would Either Need To Be 8 Or Less To Win The Under, Or 9 Or More To Win The Over. This Helps Avoid Situations Where The Final Runs Equal The Total (Called A “Push”). Since This Is Neither Over Nor Under, The Bet Amount Is Refunded. Placing A Baseball Total Bet With A Whole Number Means That Occasionally, There Will Be No Winners Or Losers.

Parlays

A Parlay Bet Is Placing A Bet On Multiple Outcomes To Occur And Requires All Outcomes To Be Selected Correctly To Win. For Example, If You Parlay $100 On New York And Los Angeles, You’ll Need Both Teams To Take The W To Win The Parlay Bet. Given That You Need To Be Correct On Each Outcome In The Entire Bet, Parlays Are A Riskier Baseball Betting Type, But Offer Greater Rewards.

Futures

Think Boston Is Going To Win The World Series? You Can Place A Futures Bet On It! If The Odds Are +500 Right Now And You Bet $100, Boston Winning The World Series Would Win You $500. Futures Are Offered Well In Advance Of Any Season And Are Continually Adjusted As It Unfolds.

Prop Bets

Prop Bets Are Additional Bets That Can Be Related To Specific Outcomes In A Game (Game Props) Or Player Performance (Player Props). Will Atlanta Hit A Home Run Against Pittsburgh? You Can Bet On That. Think Atlanta Will Break A .600 Winning Percentage This Season? You Can Put Money On That As Well. Widely Considered To Be Fun Bets, Prop Bets Are Typically Available For Just About Anything Related To The Game.

Live/In-Game Betting

The Ability To Bet On A Game As It Is Happening. The Odds Are Dynamic And Will Update Over The Course Of The Game, Based On The Real Action Taking Place. After The Third Inning, San Diego Is Up 4 Runs Versus Colorado. Put Your Money On Them To Win And Reap The Rewards.

BASEBALL BETTING MISTAKES

Not Knowing The Players Playing

The Lineup Playing In A Baseball Game Can Have A Big Impact, Especially The Starting Pitchers. Even If Toronto Has A 10-5 Record, If They Are Aren’t Starting With Their Star Pitcher In A Game Versus 4-11 Miami, You’ll Definitely Want To Consider That When Placing Your Bets.

Betting On Favorites Too Often

Unlike Other Sports, The Gap Between The Worst And The Best Teams In Baseball Is Often Smaller. Across The 162 Games In A Season, The Best Teams Often Lose More Than A Third Of All Games. Betting On The Favorites Too Often Can Lead To Losses When They Are Inevitably Upset By Underdogs From Time To Time.

Mismanaging Your Bankroll

Before Placing Your First Bet, Set Aside A Sum Of Money To Be Used As Your Bankroll. The Fastest Way To Losing That Bankroll Is Mismanaging It. Don’t Chase Losses (Bet More Than You Normally Would) To Make Up For One Loss. Don’t Get Greedy If You Go On A Winning Streak.

HOW TO BET ON
HOCKEY
The winter is all about hockey, and betting on hockey can make the season much more exciting. With 1,271 regular season games to bet on, hockey offers lots of opportunities to win. Learn the ins and outs of hockey betting, from NHL puck lines to common hockey betting mistakes, so you can successfully bet on NHL games with DraftKings Sportsbook.

HOCKEY BETTING TYPES

Moneyline

In Hockey, Betting On The Moneyline Is Simply Betting On Who Will Win The Game, And Is The Most Popular Method Of Betting On The NHL. For Example, If The Moneyline Has Philadelphia At +110 And Pittsburgh At -120, Pittsburgh Is The Favored Team And You Would Need To Bet $120 To Win $100. If You Place A $100 Bet On Philadelphia And They Pull Off A Win, You Would Win $110.

Betting On An Underdog Can Provide Significant Winnings If They Manage To Pull Off An Upset. With So Many Regular Season Games, It’s Important To Be Aware Of How Teams Are Trending And Equally, To Pay Attention To Who Is Playing From Each Team, Particularly The Goalie. Look For Save Percentage And Goals Against Average For Goalies And Know Whether Or Not A Team Is Starting Their Backup Goalie To Help Decide Which Team To Bet On.

Puck Line

A Hockey Puck Line Is A Goal Spread And Is Similar To The Run Line In Baseball. Bets Are Based On A 1.5 Goal Spread - Bettors Can Either Lay 1.5 Goals With The Favorite Or Take 1.5 Goals With The Underdog. So If Philadelphia Is At +1.5 Goals At Odds Of -110, Philadelphia Bettors Will Win Their Wager If Philadelphia Wins The Game Or Loses By One Goal Whereas Pittsburgh Bettors Will Only Win Their Puck Line Bets If Pittsburgh Wins By More Than One Goal. In This Scenario, A $110 Bet On Either Side Would Win $100.

Totals

Hockey Totals Are Bets Based On The Total Number Of Goals Scored In A Game. You Bet On Whether The Total Goals Will Be Over Or Under The Number Set By Oddsmakers. If The Over/Under For Pittsburgh And Philadelphia Is 5.5, You’ll Need At Least 6 Goals Scored To Win The Over And A Max Of 5 Goals Scored To Win The Under.

Hockey Totals Are Typically Set Somewhere Between 5 And 6.5 Depending On The Teams Playing And The Goalies In Net. In Situations Where The Final Goals Scored Equal The Total (If 5 Or 6), This Is Called A “Push” And The Bet Amount Is Refunded. Placing A Hockey Total Bet With A Whole Number Means That Occasionally, There Will Be No Winners Or Losers.

60 Minute Line

A 60 Minute Line Is A Bet Similar To The Moneyline, But Includes Only The Result At The End Of 3 Periods And Thus Includes The Tie Option. If Toronto Is Playing New Jersey, Bettors Can Bet On Toronto To Win In 60 Minutes, New Jersey To Win In 60 Minutes, Or The Tie At The End Of 60 Minutes. With The Additional Option Of The Tie, The Odds On Either Team Are Greater Than The Moneyline, But Come With That Additional Risk Of The Game Going To Overtime.

Parlays

A Parlay Bet Is Placing A Bet On Multiple Outcomes To Occur And Requires All Outcomes To Be Selected Correctly To Win. For Example, If You Parlay $100 On Chicago And Los Angeles, You’ll Need Both Teams To Win Their Respective Games Win The Parlay Bet. Given That You Need To Be Correct On Each Outcome In The Entire Bet, Parlays Are A Riskier Hockey Betting Type, But Offer Greater Rewards.

Grand Salami

A “Grand Salami” Bet Is A Popular Bet Type For Hockey Bettors As It Allows Them To Have A Rooting Interest In Every Game On A Particular Night. A Grand Salami Bet Is Essentially A Totals Bet However You Are Betting On The Total Number Of Goals Scored Across All Of The Games Played On A Particular Day. For Example If There Are 8 Games On A Given Day, The Grand Salami Total Will Likely Be Between 40-50 Goals.

Futures

Think Toronto Is Going To Win The Stanley Cup? You Can Place A Futures Bet On It! If The Odds Are +700 Right Now And You Bet $100, Toronto Hoisting The Stanley Cup Would Win You $700. Futures Are Offered Well In Advance Of Any Season And Are Continually Adjusted As It Unfolds.

Prop Bets

Prop Bets Are Additional Bets That Can Be Related To Specific Outcomes In A Game (Game Props) Or Player Performance (Player Props). Will Sidney Crosby Score A Goal Against Buffalo? You Can Bet On That. Will Boston Win The Game By A Score Of 4-2? You Can Put Money On That As Well. Widely Considered To Be Fun Bets, Prop Bets Are Typically Available For Just About Anything Related To The Game.

Live/In-Game Betting

The Ability To Bet On A Game As It Is Happening. The Odds Are Dynamic And Will Update Over The Course Of The Game, Based On The Real Action Taking Place. After The Second Period, San Jose Is Up 1 Goal Versus Los Angeles. Put Your Money On Them To Win And Reap The Rewards, Or Bet On Los Angeles To Come Back And Root For A Strong Third Period Push From The Kings.

HOCKEY BETTING MISTAKES

Not Knowing The Players Playing

The Lineup Playing In A Hockey Game Can Have A Big Impact, Especially The Goalies. Even If Toronto Has A 10-5 Record, If They Are Aren’t Playing Their Starting Goalie In A Game Versus 7-9 Montreal, You’ll Definitely Want To Consider That When Placing Your Bets.

Mismanaging Your Bankroll

Before Placing Your First Bet, Set Aside A Sum Of Money To Be Used As Your Bankroll. The Fastest Way To Losing That Bankroll Is Mismanaging It. Don’t Chase Losses (Bet More Than You Normally Would) To Make Up For One Loss. Don’t Get Greedy If You Go On A Winning Streak.

HOW TO BET ON
GOLF
Betting on golf can make the tournaments and match ups even more exciting all year long. On a given week,nearly any golfer playing has a decent chance to win, but golf betting goes far beyond picking the tournament winner. Learn how you can tee up for golf betting, from bet types like nationality props to common betting mistakes, so you can successfully bet on golf with DraftKings Sportsbook.

GOLF BETTING TYPES

Tournament Winner

In Golf, Betting On The Tournament Line Is Simply Betting On Who Will Win The Tournament. Unlike Team Sports, You Must Pick The Winner From Over A Hundred Players As Most Golf Tournaments Are Every Man Or Woman For Themselves. The Reward For Correctly Picking The Winner Are Typically High.

Matchup Winner

For Player Vs. Player Matchups (Or Groupings), You Can Place A Bet On Who Will Win. For Example, If The Moneyline Has Tiger Woods At +160 And Phil Mickelson At -120, Mickelson Is The Favored Player And You Would Need To Bet $120 To Win $100. If You Place A $100 Bet On Tiger Woods And He Pulls Off A Win, You Would Win $160.

Round Leaders

In Addition To The Tournament Winner, You Can Also Bet On Who Will Be The Leader At The End Of A Round. For Example, You Can Bet On Justin Thomas To Win Round One Of The Masters. Odds For Other Rounds Will Often Be Available After The Day Of Play Is Over. Betting On A Round Leader Is Often Unpredictable, But If You Know A Player Always Does Well In The First Round Of A Tournament, It Could Be A Good Bet.

Golfer Nationality

A Nationality Bet Is A Bet That A Player From A Specific Country Or Region Will Win, Or That A Certain Player Will Be The Top Player From A Country Or Region. For Example, You Could Bet On Jason Day Being The Top Australian Player In The Masters. If He Beats All Other Australian Players, You Would Win The Bet.

Parlays

A Parlay Bet Is Placing A Bet On Multiple Outcomes To Occur And Requires All Outcomes To Be Selected Correctly To Win. For Example, If You Parlay $100 On Tiger Woods Beating Phil Mickleson And Brooks Koepka Beating Justin Thomas In The US Open, You’ll Need Both To Be True To Win The Parlay Bet. Given That You Need To Be Correct On Each Outcome In The Entire Bet, Parlays Are A Riskier Golf Betting Type, But Offer Greater Rewards.

Futures

Think The US Is Going To Reclaim The Ryder Cup In 2020? You Can Place A Futures Bet On It! If The Odds Are +200 Right Now And You Bet $100, The US Team Nabbing The Ryder Cup Would Win You $200. Futures Are Offered Well In Advance Of Any Event.

Prop Bets

Prop Bets Are Additional Bets That Can Be Related To Specific Outcomes In A Tournament (Tournament Props) Or Player Performance (Player Props). Will Dustin Johnson Have The Best Score In Round 2 Of The US Open? You Can Bet On That. Will The Masters Be Won By A Margin Of Just 3 Strokes? You Can Put Money On That As Well. Widely Considered To Be Fun Bets, Prop Bets Are Typically Available For Just About Anything Related To The Game.

Live/In-Game Betting

The Ability To Bet On A Tournament As It Is Happening. The Odds Are Dynamic And Will Update Over The Course Of The Tournament, Based On The Real Action Taking Place. After The Fifth Hole, Tiger Is Looking Good And In The Lead. Put Your Money On Him To Win The Tournament And Reap The Rewards.

GOLF BETTING MISTAKES

Only Betting On Favorites

Betting On Tiger Used To Be A Sure Thing. Now, Most Tournaments Are Wide Open And Upsets Are Common. Research The Players And Their Past Performance Before Placing A Bet. Favorites Can Change Quickly Week To Week. Find Up-And-Coming Players Who Have A Good Chance To Win, But Aren’t Widely Known Yet.

Ignoring The Course

The Course Plays A Central Role In Determining Who Will Do Well And Who Will Struggle. Match A Player’s Strengths With The Course And You’ll Have A Much Better Chance Of Winning A Bet. Is It A Wide-Open Course With Long Drives? Pick A Player Who Can Get It To The Green. Difficult Greens? Choose A Player Who Excels At Putting.

Mismanaging Your Bankroll

Before Placing Your First Bet, Set Aside A Sum Of Money To Be Used As Your Bankroll. The Fastest Way To Losing That Bankroll Is Mismanaging It. Don’t Chase Losses (Bet More Than You Normally Would) To Make Up For One Loss. Don’t Get Greedy If You Go On A Winning Streak.

Choosing The Wrong Sportsbook

Winning Is All About Getting Paid And Choosing To Bet With An Unreliable Sportsbook Could Make That Difficult. Make Sure You Choose A Reputable Sportsbook With A Safe And Secure Betting Platform.

HOW TO BET ON
MMA
MMA and UFC have seen explosive growth recently and highly popularized fights can get as much attention as any major league sport event. The format of MMA works well for betting, with a variety of outcomes and bet types often available on multiple fights a night. It’s also similar to betting on boxing, except MMA throws a few more variables into the ring. Learning about those differences can make the difference between an exciting win and a loss your first time betting on an MMA fight on DraftKings Sportsbook.

MMA BETTING TYPES

Moneylines

Just Like In Other Sports, Betting On The Moneyline Is Betting On Who Will Win The Fight. For Example, If The Moneyline Has McGregor At +150 And Nurmagomedov At -170, Nurmagomedov Is Favored To Win And You Would Need To Bet $170 Just To Win $100. If You Place A $100 Bet On McGregor And He Wins The Fight, You Would Win $150. Determining Which Fighter To Bet On In A MMA Moneyline Bet Comes Down To A Number Of Factors.

Betting On An Underdog Can Provide Significant Winnings If They Manage To Win A Fight. Consider The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Their Fighting Style, Any Injuries They Might Be Dealing With, The Conditions Where The Fight Is Taking Place, And Any Fight Prep Like Efforts They Had To Take To Meet Their Weight Class For The Fight.

Total Rounds

Total Rounds Are Over/Under Bets That Are Based On The Number Of Rounds The Fight Will Last Before A Winner Is Declared. If The Bookmaker Sets The Number Of Rounds At 2.5 And -140 And The Fight Lasts 3 Rounds, You’d Win $100 If You Bet $140 On Over.

Given The Small Number Of Rounds In MMA And The Different Fighting Styles Of Fighters, It’s Usually Not As Easy To Pick Over/Under. If Two Defensive Fighters Are Fighting, Fights Will Usually Last Longer And Taking Over Might Be A Wise Pick. If The Matchup Is Two Aggressive Fighters, Betting Under Could Lead To A Win.

Winning Method

One Bet Type Unique To MMA Fights Are Bets On How The Victor Will Win The Fight. In MMA, There Are Three Victory Conditions: Knockout, Submission, And Judge Decision (Score). For This Type Of Bet, You Don’t Need To Predict Which Fighter Will Win, Just How The Fight Will Be Won. If The Odds For A Knockout Victory Are +120 And You Bet $100 On Knockout, You’d Win $120 If Demetrious Johnson Knocks Out Tyron Woodley In The Last Round.

If The Two Fighters Have A History Of Lasting The Full Three Or Five Rounds, It Could Pay Off To Bet On A Decision Victory. If Both Fighters Are Strong Strikers, A Knockout Victory Could Be A Wise Choice.

Parlays

A Parlay Bet Is Placing A Bet On Multiple Fight Outcomes To Occur And Requires All Outcomes To Be Selected Correctly To Win. For Example, If You Parlay $100 On Dillashaw And Tate Both Winning Their Fights, You’ll Need Both Fighters To Be Victorious To Win The Parlay Bet. Given That You Need To Be Correct On Each Outcome In The Entire Bet, Parlays Are A Riskier MMA Betting Type, But Offer Greater Rewards.

Futures

Think McGregor Is Going To Retain The World Title In 2019? You Can Place A Futures Bet On It! If The Odds Are +200 Right Now And You Bet $100, You Could Win $200 If McGregor Continues To Reign. Futures Are Offered Well In Advance Of The Decision And Are Continually Adjusted As It Unfolds.

Prop Bets

Prop Bets Are Additional Bets That Can Be Related To Specific Outcomes In A Fight In Addition To Total Rounds And Method Of Victory Bets. Will A Fight Last Under 25 Minutes? You Can Bet On That. Widely Considered To Be Fun Bets, Prop Bets Are Typically Available For Just About Anything Related To A Fight.

Live/In-Game Betting

The Ability To Bet On A Fight As It Is Happening. The Odds Are Dynamic And Will Update Over The Course Of The Fight, Based On The Real Action Taking Place. If You Think Cormier Is Going To Knock Out His Opponent To End The Fight, Put Your Money On It To Win And Reap The Rewards.

MMA BETTING MISTAKES

Not Knowing Enough About The Fighters

Knowing The Fighters Is Vital In Determining Who Will Win And How. Research Their Past Performance Versus Similar Fighters, Get To Know The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Their Fighting Styles, And Factor In Elements Like The Fight Location And Their Condition.

Betting On Favorites Too Often

Betting On A Favorite In A Fight Usually Offers Very Little Upside In Terms Of Winnings. If You Know The Fighters Well And Can See Opportunities, You Stand To Win A Lot More If An Underdog Manages An Upset Win.

Mismanaging Your Bankroll

Before Placing Your First Bet, Set Aside A Sum Of Money To Be Used As Your Bankroll. The Fastest Way To Losing That Bankroll Is Mismanaging It. Don’t Chase Losses (Bet More Than You Normally Would) To Make Up For One Loss. Don’t Get Greedy If You Go On A Winning Streak.

Choosing The Wrong Sportsbook

Winning Is All About Getting Paid And Choosing To Bet With An Unreliable Sportsbook Could Make That Difficult. Make Sure You Choose A Reputable Sportsbook With A Safe And Secure Betting Platform.

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