If the sportsbook is busy with action, it must be football season. Be it the NFL or NCAA, football betting action is fast and furious during the season. For the newbie sports bettor, it could seem a little confusing, but football bets really drop to two types-straight bets and parlay bets.

Football Betting – Straight Bets

Here’s the workhorse for any winning football bettor. A straight bet simply means you’re betting using one football game. If you bet on several game on the same ticket, it’s a parlay, and we’ll talk about that in a minute.

When you create a straight football bet, you will be betting on a side or total. To put it simply, once you bet a side, you “select a side” in the game. For example, let’s say the brand new England Patriots are playing the Seattle Seahawks. If you are likely to bet a side, you’d bet on either the Patriots or the Seahawks.

Every game includes a point total (except NCAA football, that is most games). This can be the level of points scored between both teams. When you bet a complete, you’re betting under or over that total. For instance, suppose the total is 47 and you take the over. To win, both teams must combine for 48 or more points (47 would be a push, which means you get your bet back).

Football Betting – Parlays

Okay, so you find out about straight bets, which is where you bet on just one thing per ticket. When you wish to bet on more than one thing, it’s a parlay. It is possible to bet on 2 – 20 things (depends upon the sportsbook).

ufabet For instance, let’s say you bet on the Seahawks and over the total on your ticket. That might be a 2-team parlay (despite the fact that technically there’s only 1 team on it).

The more items you placed on the ticket, the more income you’ll win if they all hit. Naturally, the more items on the ticket, the harder it is to win.

With parlay bets it’s an all or nothing thing. If one pick fails, the ticket is dead. Some sportsbooks will run specials so you can get close, but that’s very rare.

If you get into making football bets via parlay tickets, you may check out “teasers,” which are parlay tickets with added points for you personally. For instance, rather than taking the Packers -10, you might get them at -3. Needless to say, the payouts are a less since the risk is minimized.

Football betting is a blast and there’s nothing much better than hitting the sportsbook with a large winning ticket. I hit straight football bets and parlays all season long. I look forward to the NFL and NCAA football seasons.