Sports betting dictionary

sports bettingIn this page a list (or a dictionary) is given where sports betting terms are explained. For most terms links are given to longer texts where the concepts are explained more thoroughly, but always with less than 500 words.

There are a lot of words, phrases, and abbreviations that people involved in sports betting use every day. For a beginner in sports betting it can be very hard to understand what everything means.

To simplify things for the amateur I have started to gather terms that are regularly used in the sports betting community. I try to explain them all with articles with less than 500 words. Use the links in the list below to get directed to the thorough, but not too long, explanations of betting terms.

This sports betting dictionary is far from complete, but will be updated!



Sports betting glossary

Accumulator: Another word for parlay.

AH: Short for Asian handicap.

Asian handicap: Asian handicap (AH) betting is a form of sports betting where handicap rules reduce the possible number of outcomes to two.

Bookie: Short for bookmaker.

Bookmaker: To come soon.

DnB: Short for draw-no-bet.

Draw-no-bet (DnB): A draw-no-bet (DnB) pick in sports betting (and particular football) is a two-way choice where the wager is returned if the game ends with a draw. Draw-no-bet is equivalent to +0 Asian handicap.

European handicap: To come soon.

Half ball: A type of Asian handicap bet. One team is given an integer and a half goals head start and the opponent is handicapped by the same number of goals.

Half loss: Half the wager is a losing bet and half is a push in an Asian handicap bet.

Half win: Half the wager is a winning bet and half is a push in an Asian handicap bet.

Full ball: A type of Asian handicap bet. One team is given an integer goals head start and the opponent is handicapped by the same number of goals.

Full win: The complete wager is a winning bet. The term is usually used in quarter ball handicap bets.

Odds: To come soon

Parlay: A parlay, or accumulator, is a bet where multiple selections are combined and a return is given only if all selections wins.

Push: The wager is returned in an Asian handicap bet.

Quarter ball: A type of Asian handicap bet. A combination of a half ball bet and a full ball bet.

Running accumulator: Another word for a snowball bet.

Snowball: To come soon.

Void: A void bet is a bet where the wager is returned. There are plenty of reasons why bets are voided, for instance if a football match is cancelled. A void bet should not be confused with a push in Asian handicap bets even if both terms result in the same thing, the return of the wager.

Wager: The wager usually is the amount of money that the gambler has put into the bet.

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