Betting Basics

A Guide To Common Single Bets

    The world of betting offers a thrilling array of options, but it can feel overwhelming at first.  Understanding single bets, the foundation of any betting strategy is your first step to success. Let’s explore some popular single bets you’ll encounter:

    Moneyline: The Simplest Choice

    • The Straightforward Option: This is the easiest bet to understand. You simply pick the winner of an event, be it a football game, a boxing match, or even a political election.
    • The Payout: Odds will determine your potential winnings. A positive number indicates your profit on a $100 bet, while a negative number shows the amount you need to wager to win $100.

    Example: Betting on the Golden State Warriors on the moneyline at +120 odds means a $100 bet returns $120 in profit (plus your original $100 stake) if they win.

    Point Spread: Leveling The Playing Field

    • The Great Equalizer: This bet comes into play when there’s a clear favorite in a matchup. The sportsbook assigns a point spread to the favorite, who must win by more than that spread for their bettors to win. Conversely, the underdog can win the game outright or lose by less than the spread for their bettors to cash in.
    • Understanding the Spread: The spread is displayed as a number with a positive or negative sign next to the favored team (e.g., Golden State Warriors -7). This means the Warriors need to win by 7 points or more for their bettors to win.

    Example: With the Warriors favored by 7 points, you could bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers +7. If the Cavaliers lose by 6 points or less, or even win the game outright, your bet wins.

    Totals (Over/Under): Predicting Point Production

    • Beyond the Winner: This bet focuses on the combined score of both teams, not who wins. You wager on whether the total score will be higher (Over) or lower (Under) than a number set by the sportsbook.
    • Understanding the Total: The total will be displayed as a single number (e.g., Over/Under 210 points). If you bet on the Over, you win if the combined score of both teams is greater than 210.

    Example: With a total set at Over/Under 210 points, you could bet on the Under. If the final score is a combined 205 points, your bet wins.

    Prop Bets: Adding Spice To The Game

    • Beyond the Basics: Prop bets delve into specific events within a game, adding an extra layer of excitement. These can range from predicting which player will score the first touchdown to how many yellow cards will be shown in a soccer match.
    • Variety is the Spice: Prop bets come in a wide array of formats, so be sure to understand the specific conditions before placing your wager.

    Example: You might see a prop bet on whether Stephen Curry will score over 30 points in a basketball game. You can bet on Yes or No, adding another dimension to your viewing experience.

    Choosing Your Bets Wisely

    • Consider Your Knowledge: Stick to sports and teams you understand. Research player stats and team trends before placing bets.
    • Shop Around for Odds: Different sportsbooks offer varying odds on the same events. Use a betting odds comparison tool to find the best value.
    • Start Small & Manage Risk: Don’t wager more than you can afford to lose. Begin with smaller bets until you gain experience. Your Betting Guru

    We’re here to empower you with the knowledge to make informed bets. Stay tuned for in-depth guides on these single bets, along with advanced strategies and tips to maximize your enjoyment of the game!


    Single bets are the building blocks of betting strategies.  Popular single-bet types include moneyline (picking the winner), point spread (betting on the margin of victory), totals (betting on the combined score), and prop bets (wagers on specific events within a game).