NFL Betting: the punter’s new delight
American football is undoubtedly the most popular team sport on the other side of the Atlantic. Its popularity can be compared to the Champions League in Europe, and the Super Bowl, the season’s final game, where the two strongest teams fight for the championship ring, is considered the unofficial holiday in the United States of America.
Vince Lombardi, one of the best American football player of all time, once said, “Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” Surely, football players spill a lot of blood and sweat trying to win the title, and they get generously remunerated for their efforts. However, it doesn’t mean that those who aren’t physically gifted enough to become pro-football players can’t reap some benefits from following this marvelous game. It can be health benefits from playing the occasional ball with friends in the backyard, but if you really love every aspect of American football then you should definitely try NFL betting. American football will be like a breath of fresh air for those Europeans who are no longer excited by the traditional sports like football or boxing and want to experience something new. It isn’t like any other sport around, so NFL betting will give you a lot of thrills and possibly profits. NFL betting in the UK opens a new opportunity for the European punters to make money on such a relatively exotic sport.
NFL betting specifics
We can say it straight away that if you are a statistics geek then you will love NFL betting. American football is one of the sports that offers an enormous amount of stats, from the distance which each player ran during every given match to the weather conditions. It is common knowledge that comprehensive analysis is key when trying to turn betting into a stream of steady income. Same goes for NFL betting, it will require a lot of learning, pondering, and analyzing the NFL betting lines. Luckily, the matches in the American football league are held only once per week, so you will have plenty of time to prepare for NFL betting. Moreover, the bookmakers offer plenty of options for live betting which makes it even more exciting for the gambler. Let’s review the types of the most common NFL betting options offered by the bookmakers in the UK and abroad.
There are three most popular kinds of betting on American football: moneyline, spread, totals, and futures. The experienced bettors will notice that these are the same types of betting featured in basketball betting which is not surprising since both these sports are America’s favorite.
Moneyline betting is perhaps the most straightforward kind of NFL betting where the punter has to place his/her stake on the winner of the match. It is slightly different from the European football (soccer) betting because there are no draws in American football and basketball. Basically, all the gambler has to do is analyze the NFL betting odds in order to determine which bet would bring more profit. When betting using moneyline, it is advisable to put the stake on the underdogs (the teams that face the league strongest squads) because it promises much bigger payouts than betting on the match favorite. The bettor can also resort to the tactics of fading or betting on both teams at the same time to increase the chance of getting at least some profit, though not all bookmakers, especially in the United States, allow gamblers to utilize such an option.
Spread betting is inherent to all sports where teams score a lot of points. This kind of NFL betting is also known as betting against the spread or the handicap betting. Its major purpose is to balance the NFL betting odds between the unequally matched teams and to make the betting more exciting in general. The punter has to predict correctly whether or not the team will win by a certain score margin. For instance, if a punter bets +14 on Houston Texans in a clash between this team and Philadelphia Eagles, the former must win the game with the 14 points advantage, otherwise, the stake will be void. It is also possible to bet on the underdog to lose by a certain number of points. Spread betting certainly provides additional intrigue to NFL betting.
Betting on totals is another rather straightforward type of NFL betting. It is also known as the Over/Under betting. What it means is that the gambler has to guess whether or not the total number of points scored by both teams will exceed the number set by the bookmaker. If the teams score more than the designated number of points, then the bet will be considered “covered”. Totals also have the purpose of balancing out the NFL betting odds.
And lastly, the futures betting which is somewhat similar to buying futures on the stock market, only in NFL betting the punter places a long-term bet on the team that will presumably turn out to be a winner of the entire football season. It is really exciting because the NFL betting odds for the futures can fluctuate during the season, depending on the performance of the team. The betting on NFL futures, as well as other types of NFL betting, is available at such UK bookmakers as bet365, William Hill, and Betfair.