Introduction to Sports Betting

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Brian Christopher at BetMGM

For the uninitiated, sports betting can look intimidating. When you visit a casino sportsbook or look at an app, there’s an array of numbers that don’t offer much in the way of guidance.

The good news is that once you get a general idea of what’s happening, it gets a lot easier, just like many casino games. And we were in your shoes too – many on the Flip The Switch team had not placed a sports bet or even looked into it prior to the launch of the site.

But that means we’ve walked through this process, and are happy to share with you what aspects are important for someone starting out.

This introductory guide will look at a few key bet types that are available, how the odds works on sports betting so you know what your wagers can yield, and bankroll management skills that can help you ensure you’re not diving in too deep too quickly. 

We’ll also take a look at the bonus types that are out there and what they can mean for players. Just like any other offers when betting on something, you can benefit from offers, especially given the level of competition in the sports betting industry right now.

Because we’re new to this as well, our focus is helping you understand the basics so you can feel more confident and informed when making your sports bets. We won’t help you identify good picks (that’s definitely out of our wheelhouse), but we will help you understand how the bets work.

We plan on updating our guide based on feedback from players, so as you read through the guide, we’d love to hear from you about questions you have, areas that aren’t clear, and feedback that can make guides like this more valuable for you as a player. Be sure to share your feedback on the posts themselves as a comment, or via our Contact Us form.

With that in mind, let’s dive into the basics of sports betting!

Explore Sports Betting
A moneyline is probably the most basic wager you can make - who do you think will win a particular ...
Spreads takes things a step further than a simple winner/loser selection as a point range is also involved.
The Over/Under (Total) allows you place a bet on the overall combined score of the two teams for a game.
Prop Bets open up sports betting to some potentially unusual or weird options, but that can add to the fun!
Parlays can be enticing because of their potential payouts, but you have to get everything exactly right to win.
Bankroll management is not the sexiest topic, but an important one when spending real money. Here's 5 tips.
Just like other casino offers, there's a variety of ways sportsbooks can reward you. Learn about the options here.
We took many of your common questions to those who work with bettors every day.

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