When you’re placing a sports bet you can come across a lot of betting terms used by bookmakers that you may not be familiar with.
Knowing the correct terminology will help you understand the different elements in sports betting. So, we’ve put together a sports betting glossary, with all the terms you need to know if you want to become a more confident sports bettor.
ACCUMULATOR: Also known as a “parlay” or “acca”. This bet accumulates across a number of outcomes.
AGS: Anytime goal scorer.
BANKER: A selection that is fancied.
BTTS: Both teams to score.
BTTS and Win / BTTS and MR / BTTS & Win: Both teams to score and match result.
DOUBLE: The “double” is a bet on two separate outcomes with one stake.
DOUBLE CHANCE: A bet which covers a number of outcomes, e.g. you win if the result is home team and draw or away team and draw, depending on your pick.
DRAW/NO DRAW: A bet on whether or not the particular game will end in a draw.
DRAW NO BET: This bet means that punters will get their stake back if the game is a draw.
EVEN MONEY OR EVENS: A straight 1/1 bet. Bet £10 and you win £10 (plus your original wager).
EACH WAY BET: Two separate bets, a win and place bet.
FIRST GOALSCORER or FGS: A bet on a player to score the first goal.
HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME: A bet on the half-time and full-time results.
HANDICAP: A bet bookmakers make more appealing by giving a selection a deficit, offering a greater return.
HEINZ: 57 bets permuted from 6 different selections. A Heinz contains 15 doubles, 20 trebles, 15 4-folds, 6 5-folds and one 6-fold bet.
LIVE BETS: Bets in real time.
MATCH BETTING: The wager will either be to win or lose.
NAP: A tipster’s best bet of the day.
ODDS-AGAINST: The opposite of odds-on, this denotes odds better than evens.
ODDS-ON: A bet below evens – your winnings are less than your stake.
OVER: A fixed odds market where you bet whether the total goals scored will be over/under a certain number.
SCORECAST: Two separate bets, you need to correctly predict the player to score the first goal as well as the correct result of the match in order to win.
SINGLES: Only one outcome is backed, either win or lose.
STARTING PRICE: Also known as “SP”, this refers to the odds of a team or player at the start of a tournament.
TREBLES: 1 bet involving 3 selections in different events. All must be successful to win.
TRIXIE: A wager of 4 bets involving 3 selections in various events. This bet includes 3 doubles and a treble. At least 2 picks must win for the bet to be successful.
UNDER: A fixed odds market where you bet whether the total goals scored will be over/under a certain number.
VALUE BET: When the odds are better than the likely chance the team has of getting the result.
YANKEE: A wager of 11 bets involving 4 selections in various events. This bet includes 6 doubles and 4 treble. At least 2 selections must win for the bet to be successful.
WINCAST: A bet where there are goal scorers and winning teams.
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