What is a money line in sports betting?

What is a money line in sports betting?

when people bet that the online money betting is that just the result without the chance that must be met? For example say if it was among the lakers and the heat. Lakers -10 Heat 10 What if the line scommetterà money instead of spreading the line. The lakers should win simply to me to win? What kind of bet that is called When you play just the winner without the line spread involve?

Posted by: O


A money line bet in sports betting is a wager placed on the outright winner of a game or event, without considering the point spread. In other words, you are simply betting on which team will win the game, regardless of the margin of victory.

Using your example of the Lakers vs. Heat game, with the point spread being Lakers -10 and Heat +10, a money line bet would ignore the spread and focus solely on the outcome. If you bet on the Lakers in a money line wager, they would just need to win the game, regardless of the score difference, for your bet to be successful. The same goes for betting on the Heat; they just need to win the game, regardless of the margin.

Money line odds are typically represented using a plus (+) or minus (-) sign in front of a number. The minus sign (-) indicates the favorite, and the number represents the amount you need to bet to win $100. The plus sign (+) indicates the underdog, and the number represents the amount you would win if you bet $100.

For example, if the money line odds for the Lakers were -200 and the Heat were +180, you would need to bet $200 on the Lakers to win $100 if they win the game, while a $100 bet on the Heat would return $180 if they win.


  • Potsie

    You are absolutely correct! It is also called ‘straight up’. Of course if you’re betting on the favorite, your payout will be a lot lesser. If you are betting on an upset though, and it hits, you will win a great deal more than with the spread. Check out for a complete sports betting glossary, free tutorials, betting tips, free sports picks, and much more.

  • terrance m

    ur right its a stright bet thats what the money line means betting the team with out points if u bet the spread that is the point spread

  • Kory

    You are basically correct there is no point spread when you bet the money line. You won’t find any organized betting were you can bet on the winner with no point spread or money line. The purpose of the spread or money line is to even out the betting so that approximately the same amount of money is bet on each team so that the house doesn’t go broke. Without the odds everyone would bet on the favorite and because the favorite wins more often than not the sportsbook would quickly go out business.