Moneyline Betting

Updated Thu 22nd October 2020

Moneyline Betting
Betting Basics
Betting Basics

So, what is a moneyline bet?

Moneyline in betting is where you simply pick who you think will win. The odds are adjusted based on who the bookmaker thinks has a higher probability of winning, based on a multitude of factors. 

Check out our How to read betting odds article for a more in depth explanation of that!

You will notice that with moneyline odds that there is one odds with a – and another odds with a + before them. The team that has moneyline odds with the – are considered the favourites and the team with the + are considered the underdogs. 

The odds provided by bookmakers are based on either profiting $100 or betting $100. If you are betting on the favourite, you must bet the odds shown to profit $100. Whereas if you are betting on the underdog, betting $100 will return a profit of the odds shown.

Let’s see what is the moneyline in this NHL example:

TeamMoneylinePrediction
Boston Bruins-130Favourite
Philadelphia Flyers+120Underdog

Boston’s moneyline odds are -130 and are the favourites of the contest, meaning you must bet $130 to be able to profit $100, with a total return of $230 ($130 stake + $100 profit) 

Philadelphia’s moneyline odds are +120 and are the underdogs of the contest meaning a $100 bet will give you a profit of $120, with a total return of $220 ($100 stake + $120 profit). 

While you get a $10 larger total return by betting on the favourite, you also have to risk $30 more with your stake to get that amount. 

Now we will dive in further and look at what is a moneyline bet on this NHL game and break down what different game results mean for your different bets and stake amounts. 

TeamOddsStakeResultPayoutProfit
Bruins-130$65Bruins$115$50
Flyers+120$50Bruins$0-$50
Bruins-130$65Flyers$0-$65
Flyers+120$50Flyers$110$60

With so many different bet types, why choose the moneyline market?

  • Moneyline vs spread; If you don’t think the favourite will be able to cover the spread you can bet on them in the moneyline market
  • If you think the underdog will win the contest
  • If you are combining multiple favourites in a parlay to get bigger odds
  • Moneylines also feature in futures markets where there are multiple outcomes for an event available still 

Some moneyline tips:

  • Always know – what is the moneyline for each team in each game
  • Know if teams have any players out with injury or returning from injury that may impact their performance that isn’t accounted for in the odds
  • Check moneyline vs spread odds and pick which you think is most likely to happen
  • Know what underdogs can win and bet on their moneyline odds. 

Sometimes you might not be able to find a moneyline market for a particular contest. This is mainly in football games where there is a heavy favourite, when the spread is higher than -14 and the favourite’s odds are ridiculously low. 

Now you know the answer to – ‘what is a moneyline bet’! 

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