Live betting lets you bet while the game is unfolding. Especially popular with NFL bettors, in-play wagering gives you the chance to take advantage of live odds while you’re watching everything from the Super Bowl to a regular-season Sunday afternoon football game. Sportsbooks release new point spreads, moneylines, props and totals before each period, quarter, half, inning, etc. If there’s a scheduled break during play (other than commercial breaks), you’ll see live odds.
How to Read Live Odds
At your sportsbook of choice, you’d see a spread laid out like this before kickoff:
Before the game, the Chiefs would need to win by two points to cover the spread while the 49ers would need to win outright or lose by one to cover. However, after five minutes of play, the Chiefs have scored a touchdown and the 49ers have done absolutely nothing.
At this point, the live point spread might look like this:
Online bookmakers see that a team is leading and will alter the spread to reflect that. When the fave gets down early in the first quarter, the line will shrink in favor of the underdog. Sometimes a favorite could even turn into a dog in live betting situations depending on the opening line.
Other live odds opportunities are totals that are adjusted within the game depending on the amount of scoring. If there is little to no scoring in the first and second quarter, a total that closed at 43 before the game might be offered later at 31 since a lower score is now projected.
One of the more profitable live betting spots is the moneyline. If a team goes down big, you might be able to get them at good odds to complete a comeback. A good example of this strategy working was at Super Bowl 51 when the Patriots went down 28-3 against the Falcons only to come back and win the game in overtime. New England was being offered at better than +1000 (10/1) on the live moneyline at sportsbooks just after Atlanta went up 28-3 and many opportunistic bettors cashed in big.
Super Bowl Live Betting
The SB is not only a great game to watch, it’s a live betting extravaganza. In-play betting on the Super Bowl is like being a kid in a candy store without parental supervision. You want extra jujubes? Go for it. You want to fill an entire jar with chocolate-covered marshmallows? You got it. You want to bet live on whether or not the Saints are going to go marching into the end zone? Do it.
The NFL’s biggest game gives you more live betting odds than you can shake a stick at – or more aptly, shake a pom-pom at since it’s pro football and there are cheerleaders on the sidelines. Pro football excels in live betting with props galore. You can bet on things like the first team to score in the third quarter and whether player X will rush for a certain number of yards.
Live betting allows you to capitalize on odds that you normally wouldn’t consider. If you’re looking for a way to have even more fun while watching sports, consider wagering on live odds. Who knows, you could find yourself on the winning end of some very smart bets.
Live Betting FAQ
What is a live bet?
Live betting, also referred to as in-game betting or betting in running, is the ability for bettors to make additional bets after the game has already started. Sometimes live bets are offered in between halves, quarters or periods, and in some cases, they are even offered after every single play or drive.
Can you bet during a game?
Yes, with live betting, you can bet during a game. Live betting allows you to wager on a game while it’s happening. In-game odds will typically only change during a timeout or commercial break, giving you the chance to change your bet or place a new bet during the sporting event.
How do you win on live betting?
To win on live betting, try not to place too many live bets all at once. Concentrate on one or two in-play wagers, watch carefully and wait for the right time to place your wager. If you have multiple in-play wagers on your bet slip, you might lose the right momentum.
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