There’s no one way to bet on sports. Everyone has different tastes and preferences. Some people like betting the money line or the total, while others love betting on player props. However, it’s important to know the differences between betting on one of them versus the other.
Generally speaking, bookmakers will allow you to bet more on a core market than a player prop. Why? Because Sportsbooks tend to have more confidence in their money line or total prices than they are on the exact amount of passing yards Patrick Mahomes will have. So, if you’re looking to bet more money on a game, you’ll usually have better luck betting on a core market. A core market, in sports betting parlance, is the spread, money line, and the total. Prices and lines are more sensitive on prop bets as well. When a line is set by the Sportsbook on the core markets, you will see more movement on the line earlier in the week. Props can tend to move all over the place, because other player news/injuries and weather concerns can greatly impact whether Mahomes will have 3 passing touchdowns or if Zach Wilson will throw an interception or not.
It goes without saying that if you bet on a player to go Over his total, (passing yards, rushing yards, etc) you’re hoping there’s no injury suffered during the game. At most Sportsbooks, as soon as the player steps onto the field, your bet is Action, or live. It’s important to keep this in mind. The Chiefs can win without Mahomes, but if he gets hurt, all his passing related props will stand.
Betting both ways can be fun and heighten your sports betting experience. Keeping these facts in mind will enable you to make smarter decisions. Education is key in the sports betting world, and the more educated you are, the better your chances of success will be.
The next time you go to bet on sports, keep this in mind, and try it out for yourself! The only way you’ll find your preference in sports betting is by trying out different types of bets.