Exotic Forms of NFL Gambling
Although NFL gambling side/pointspreads, money lines, and over/under totals are the most popular forms of wagering on pro football, there are several different kinds of “exotic” wagers that many gamblers enjoy and participate in.
Bets called “Futures”
“Futures” are an ever increasingly popular way to participate in NFL gambling. Future bets can range from a gambler betting on the total amount of wins that a team will achieve during the regular season, odds on a team winning the Super Bowl, or their conference championship, or other similar type proposition wagers, (AKA=”props”).
For example if you check on an online gambling site’s NFL odds you will notice each team has a number assigned to them to start the season, which represents the “over/under” on how many straight up wins they will score during the season. If, for example, you see a line that reads “Oakland 6″ that means a gambler can bet that Oakland will either win more/over 6 games for the season or win less/under 6 games for the season.
The odds to win the Super Bowl are one of the most popular of all forms of exotic NFL gambling. Many casual fans love this form of gambling as it gives them a ticket on their favorite team for the entire season, without having to mess with weekly wagering, pointspreads, etc. The Super Bowl odds are pretty much self explanatory, such as if you see “Denver 3-1″ that means the Broncos are 3-1 to win the Super Bowl this year.
The same principle of odds applies to whether a team will win its conference championship or not. Many fans prefer this because they are wagering on a team to simply make the Super Bowl, rather than have to win it all the way. For these gamblers they can then decide come Super Sunday whether they want to make a separate wager on the big game itself, having already pocketed a winning wager on the conference championship odds.
Futures have appeal even with some professionals, particularly the over/under numbers for total wins in a season for the teams as they can apply their expertise on a macro level. Just like when wagering on NFL pointspreads/sides, keep in mind that the NFL gambling oddsmakers set the futures lines based on public perception and demand.
Parlays Can Pay Off Big For Bettors
How would you like to turn $10 into over a $1,000 in a few hours time? What about turning $25 into over $2,000 in the same amount of time? Football betting parlays can do it. Earlier this year a 52-year old man made over $80,000 in a single day by betting two parlays. He hit both a 12-team and a 9-team football parlay. The payoffs, after the great bonuses given by the sportsbook, totaled the amazing $80,000. That was with just one $25 12-team parlay bet and a $100 – 9 team parlay bet.
Does this happen often? A noted bookmaker was quoted as saying “Too often! “It maybe happens a couple of dozen times a year that we have parlay payouts in excess of $20,000.” This same sportsbook had one customer who hit six 10-teamers in the last 10 months. Those parlays involved baseball, college football, and NFL games. The payouts were huge, ranging from $30,000 to $75,000.
Here is a typical parlay that is hit all the time at sportsbooks around the world. This one happened once and involved baseball and football. Here was the $10 parlay: White Sox +180, Vikings +8 -110, Redskins -3.5 -110, Cheifs -5.5 -110, Braves -130, Tigers -165, Twins +150, and Mariners -130. This parlay returned 1,387 dollars.
That was for just a $10 bet. Look at the three favorites on there; baseball can be a good sport to include on your parlays. It has been said many times that sportsbooks love parlays. I can tell you that it is not always true, especially during baseball season. The potential for bettors to turn a little into a lot is not a pleasing thought to bookmakers. It is a great thought though for bettors.
Baseball season really presents parlay bettors with unique opportunities because it is strictly a money line wager. All the team has to do is win for the parlay to pay off. That is why sportsbooks really don’t like parlays during baseball season. Here is another example of a baseball parlay, this one a 10-teamer with a lot of favorites, and again it only cost $10. Here are the prices: -103, -150, -133, -240, -160, -155, -120, +123, -120, -155. This parlay, for a measly $10, with a ton of favorites, returned a whopping $2,677.43. Now that is turning a little into a lot in a hurry.
Parlays offer bettors high returns for very little risk. They are something that nearly every gambler has tried at one time or another. As football season approaches it may be worth your time to consider some parlays. They sure make life more interesting, especially when they win.