Sports Betting Primer: Run Line

Sports Betting Primer: Run Line

Sports Betting Primer: Run Line The Ultimate Lineup

Betting on baseball can be fun and challenging and should always be done responsibly!

In baseball, the moneyline is a bet on which team will win the game outright.  The run line is a type of spread betting that is used to even out the odds between two teams. The standard run line option is typically -1.5 for the favored team and +1.5 for the underdog. When betting the favorite on the run line, they must win by 2 or more runs for your bet to win. If you bet the underdog at +1.5 runs, the underdog can either lose by exactly 1 run or win the game outright.  The run line offers a good alternative to moneyline with additional risk, which promises a better payout. When betting run lines on favorites, the price drops dramatically and the payout is better. When taking run lines on the underdog, the extra run provides some cushion, but the payout is considerably less than if you bet on the underdog to win.

To read a baseball betting line, you need to identify the teams that are playing each other, determine the type of betting line (American, fractional, or decimal), identify the favorite and underdogs, and make a selection. Factors such as scores and odds, moneyline vs. spread, and what do the plus sign and minus sign mean all should be considered before placing a baseball wager.

American odds are also known as money line odds. They are expressed as either positive or negative numbers. Positive numbers indicate how much you can win from a $100 bet, while negative numbers indicate how much you need to bet to win $100. Fractional odds are expressed as fractions and are used primarily in the UK and Ireland. Decimal odds are used in most countries outside of North America and the UK. They are expressed as decimals and indicate the total payout including the original bet.

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