Betting on sports has been around for a long time. By making a bet on a particular game or sporting event you get the opportunity to make some extra money while watching your favourite sport. Many people might believe that sports betting is a simple process, you simply have to guess who will win the game and place your bet. However, it’s not as simple as that. Usually when two teams compete there is a favourite and an underdog. The reasonable man will obviously bet on the favourite to win, so for the bookmaker, he/she will receive many bets on the favourite winning the game. If the favourite does win, then the bookmaker or sports betting site, will lose a great deal of money. To offset this issue, online betting sites place a handicap on the favourite team so that more people find the weaker team more attractive to bet on. This is known as sports betting spreads and this means that simply betting on who will win is a non event. Instead bets are made on by how many points will the favourite win by, or by how many points will the underdog lose by.
Spread betting of this type not only applies to the final score in a particular game, it applies even to the total sum of the numbers on all the players shirts. This kind of betting is interesting because those sports fans who know their teams well, can guess who will be playing and hence what shirt numbers the players will wear. The better then has to add all the numbers up and place his/her bet.
There are a mass of other options when it comes to betting on sports, so live score betting is not the only option in the betting world. For example in cricket you can bet on the way in which a batsman goes out, lbw, bowled, etc. One has to browse the various options on a betting website to find which kind of bet suits you best.