you look at all the games posted in the sports website,
one team is usually listed as the favorite and the
other team as the underdog. To come up with a fair
wagering situation, sports websites employ the services
of a "linesmaker." His job is to determine
approximately how much better the favorite is than
the underdog. He expresses his determination in the
form of the number of points the favorite must beat
the underdog by for you to win the wager if you bet
on the favorite. The number is called the line.
Let's make up
an example: You look at the board in the sports website.
It says, Notre Dame 11 USC. You think that Notre Dame
will beat USC, and you want to bet Notre Dame. You
tell the person at the window, "I want Notre
Dame minus eleven for $100." He punches a few
buttons on his machine, it spits out a ticket that
shows the wager, and repeats back to you, "You
have Notre Dame minus eleven for $100. That will be
$ll0." Your bet is down, and now Notre Dame has
to beat USC by more than eleven points for you to
win the wager.
If you had looked
at the board and thought that Notre Dame would not
beat USC by more than eleven points, you would want
to bet on USC. You would say, "I want USC plus
eleven for $100." Once again the person at the
window produces your ticket and repeats back to you,
"You have USC plus eleven for $100. That will
be $100." Now, for you to win the wager USC has
to win the games, or lose by less than eleven points.
An easy way to
determine the winner of the wager is to take the final
score of the actual games and subtract the line from
the favorite's actual total points, or add the line
to the underdog's actual total points. Let's say that
the actual final score of the games is Notre Dame 33,
USC 21. Notre Dame has won the games; now let's see
who won the wager: The line was Notre Dame minus eleven.
As stated above, you can subtract the eleven points
from Notre Dame's total of thirty-three, and the final
score as far as the wager is concerned, is Notre Dame
22, USC 21. If you bet Notre Dame minus eleven, you
won the wager. You can also add eleven to USC's total
of twenty-one, and as far as the wager is concerned,
the final score would be Notre Dame 33. USC 32. Either
way you want to figure it, if you bet Notre Dame,
you won. If you bet USC, you lost, because Notre Dame
"covered" the line.
Let's look at
a slightly different final score of the actual games
Notre Dame wins the games by 27 to 20. A Notre Dame
win, but a different outcome for the bettors. As far
as the wager is concerned, the final score is now
Notre Dame 16, USC 20, or figured the other way, it's
Notre Dame 27, USC 31. Either way, if you bet Notre
Dame, you lost the wager, because Notre Dame did not
cover the eleven-point line. If you bet USC plus the
eleven points, you won, because USC lost by less than
eleven. Obviously, if USC had won the games straight
out, or lost the games by any number of points less
than eleven, the USC bettors would have won the wager.
If the final
score had been Notre Dame 35, USC 24, Notre Dame by
eleven, exactly the line, the wager would be considered
a "push" or tie; there would be no winner
of the bet, and your money would be returned.
the possibility of a push, linesmakers often add onehalf
point to the line. In our example, the line could
have been Notre Dame minus eleven and one-half, and
there could not be a push.
The mathematics of a "straight" bet, which
is what we have been describing, is very simple, and
is the same for basketball and football. One team
is usually the favorite and one team is usually the
There is one
other possibility. The teams could be very evenly
matched, and the line posted on the board in the sports
website could say, Notre Dame P "Pick" USC.
In this case there is no favorite or underdog, and
all you have to do is pick the winner of the games
to win the wager.
So as not to
confuse you when you actually go to the sports website
and look at the board listing of games and lines,
the individual games have the teams listed one on
top of the other, with the line written next to the
favorite, like this:
a minute! You understand the eleven-point "line"
written next to the favorite, but what's the "55"
written next to LTSC? It's another betting option,
and it's called the
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