This is the most common type of bet. Here you pick one team to either win by a certain margin ('the spread') or the other team to NOT LOSE by the
spread. A typical 'spread' line will look something like this:
Miami Dolphins -3 (-110) at New York Jets +3 (-110)
What this means is that if you pick Miami then they have to win by 3 points (subtract 3 points from the Dolphins final score and then compare that score to the Jets) in order
for you to win your bet. Likewise, if you pick the Jets, you need them to either win or at least not lose by more than 3 points. Let's say you pick Miami and the final score
is 23-17, then you win. Now, let's say the final score was 23-20, then the bet is what's called a push and the money you bet ('stake') is returned.
Okay, so what about that (-110) value? This value is the payout for a winning bet. American-style odds will either have a minus or a plus sign attached to them. In the case
of a minus sign, you read that as needing to lay that amount to win $100. So in this case, picking Miami, to win $100, you have to bet $110. Of course, you can bet any amount
you like, but the end result is that you'll get paid $100 for every $110 you bet. Occasionally, you'll see odds that have a plus sign attached (e.g. +170). In this case,
this means that for every $100 you bet, you'll receive $170.
Of course, the nice thing about our Wager screens is that you don't need to do any math - we'll do it for you! Simply enter the amount you want to bet and we calculate the
potential payout immediately on the screen for you. You can even work backwards and enter the amount you'd like to win and we'll back into the amount you need to bet - who says
you needed to learn math in school, huh?