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NFL Betting

Betting on NFL FootballBetting on the NFL is becoming extremely popular worldwide but, in order to maximise your potential for profits, you have to take a different approach to your usual way of betting on sports. For those new to NFL betting, the vast array of different types of NFL markets can be confusing but it is worth taking the time to familiarise yourself with them.

NFL is by far the most popular sport for USA gambling enthusiasts and Super Bowl is still the most watched sporting event in the world.

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Betting Types for American Football / NFL

Point spreads (sometimes known as lines, spreads or sides) are the most common type of NFL wager. Each NFL game has a favourite and an underdog of a certain amount of points. This number is determined by the bookmaker, based on his assessment of the two teams. A negative number (-) represents the favourite and the positive (+) shows the underdog.

A simple comparison can be made with Premiership football betting. For example, a top team may be playing one of the bottom sides in the league and bookmakers will price up a spread giving the underdogs a one-goal start. If you back the favourites you are betting on them to win by more than one goal to cancel out that advantage.

If you are only interested in betting on the outright winner, irrespective of the spread, then you need to make a moneyline wager. The odds will be considerably shorter for the favourite without the spread or handicap.

Totals (otherwise known as “over/unders”) are second only to spread betting in terms of popularity. The bookmaker sets a number for the total points that he believes will be scored in a game and you simply bet on the correct total being more (over) or less (under) than that number.

If you group two or more plays together for an increased payout it is called a parlay. This is rather like doubling up your bets on the horses or the football in the hope of increased profits. Of course, if one of your forecast games goes down, then so does your parlay bet. It is basically the same as the accumulator in European betting terms.

Teasers are a form of parlay in which you “buy” additional points on a point spread or total. For example, if the Dolphins are listed at -10 and the Patriots are listed at -14, you could bet a two-team 7-point teaser that would give you the Dolphins -3 and Patriots -7. You must win every bet in your teaser for it to be successful. In the NFL you can bet 6, 7 and 10 point teasers on almost any number of teams.

American Football

Prop bets (abbreviation of Proposition bets) are usually bets placed on how a certain player will perform or what will occur at a certain point in a game. For example, you may wish to bet on whether one player has more passing yards than another.

Futures betting is usually betting on a team to win a championship, division or conference. It is basically the same as outright betting in the UK, where you might back Chelsea to win the Premiership or the Champions League. Odds are available on the Super Bowl throughout the season and fluctuate with the results each week.

Betting season win totals is simply betting over or under a certain amount of wins for the team of your choice. These bets are usually only available before the season but can be updated at the midway point of the season. You can also bet on the point spread or total for the first half, second half, or individual quarters of a game with many sports betting sites.

Betting Strategies for NFL

It is always a good idea to have a betting strategy but is almost essential if you are betting on the NFL for the first time. Set yourself a bank and record all of your bets (winners and losers). This will soon tell you whether you should be concentrating on one particular type of betting and help you to eradicate losers.

Always take the time to compare the various bookmakers as even a small percentage gain in terms of odds can make the difference between profit and loss at the end of the season. Most sports sites offer incentives for new customers, often including free bets, so there is really no excuse for not joining 3 or 4 different bookmakers to give yourself a range of odds to compare for value.

As with any type of betting, you should bet only when you think you have an edge or are getting a value bet. Betting simply for entertainment could provide short terms gains but will almost always lead to losses in the long run. Never chase your losses. If you find yourself in a bad losing run, reduce your stakes or even stop betting until your confidence returns.

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