Sports Betting 101

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Sports betting is the act of placing a wager on a specific outcome in a sporting event. Wagers are made on both winning and losing teams and can be placed online, by phone or in person. Payouts are determined by the odds attached to a bet, with the potential payout listed on your betting slip. Odds change over time, as the result of a sporting event draws closer and become more predictable. Bets that are labeled as “futures” have a long-term horizon, and can be placed year-round (although the best payouts will occur if the bet is successful before the event takes place). Novelty props are also available for big events, such as predicting the color of Gatorade that douses the coach of the Super Bowl champion team.

The most important aspect of sports betting is to know your limitations and have a responsible gambling plan. This means setting a budget before you start, and sticking to it. Doing your research and seeking advice from respected and knowledgeable sports bettors will help you make smarter decisions. Never bet more than you can afford to lose, and don’t chase your losses with more bets; this is called “going on tilt” and will ruin your bankroll.

Signing up for a new account is easy and usually only requires your first and last name, the last four digits of your social security number and a valid email address. You’ll then receive a verification email from the sportsbook to confirm your identity before you can make any wagers.