August 17, 2008 Sportsbook Questions How do the over/unders work in football betting? How do the over/unders work in football betting? What are the over/ unders in foot ball betting? How do they work? Question posted by: David L This post powered by Yahoo! Answers Foot BallFootball Betting
When betting over/unders, you’re betting whether or not the final total combined score will be higher (over), or lower (under) than the points.
Here is a good explanation on how the Points Bet, or the Over/Under bet works.
An Over/Under is a bet on whether the total score will be over or under a predetermined figure from oddsmakers. Say the over/under for Team A vs Team B is 20.5. If the total score was 25 and you had the Over, you’d win. For more info on this kind of stuff check
Sportsbooks offer pointspread and over/under betting on American Football . On a pointspread wager, the team wagered must win by the pointspread. On an over/under wager, the total points of the contest by both teams, overtime included, must fall over or under the side selected.
The posted line is San Francisco -5 at St. Louis +5 and the over/under total is 41.
For the player who wagers on San Francisco -5, San Fran must win by more than 5 points for this to be a winning wager. For the player who wagers on St. Louis +5, they must either win the game, or lose by less than 5 points for this to be a winning wager. If the outcome falls on the number, either way, the bet is declared a “Push”, and your original stake is refunded.
The payout odds are $1.10 risked to win $1.00 profit and is displayed as (-110) unless otherwise indicated. Example: The odds that are listed as +150 or -210 are ‘american’ style. This simply means that they are based on $100. When you see the number displayed as a (+) positive number it signifies how much you will win if you RISK $100. For your example you have the odds listed as +150 so if you risk $100 then you will win $150 for a total return of $250. If the number is listed as a (-) negative number it signifies how much you must RISK in order to WIN $100. So if you see -210, then you must RISK $210 in order to win $100 for a total return of $310.
For the player who wagers on the total points of this contest by both teams to be “Over” 41, the combined final score of both teams must exceed 41. For the player who wagers on the total points of this contest by both teams to be “Under” 41, the combined final score of both teams must be less than 41. If the outcome falls on the number, the bet is declared a “Push”, and the original stake is refunded.