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A Quick Look at the NFL Bets for Punters

If you’re a diehard follower of the National Football League, then betting on these adrenaline-pumping games is a great way to get more involved in a sport you’re passionate about. But, with so many to choose from, which wagers are the best ones, and which one is right for you?

Money Lines

Money Line stakes let you choose a squad to win without having to worry about the Point Spread. However, you must remember that you’ll need to bet more and will win less, if you choose to wager on the Favourite.

For example, a Money Line stake could see the New England Patriots at -140 and the Kansas City Chiefs at +160. If you want to bet on The Pats, who have been set as the Favourite, you’d need to wager $14 to win $10. But if you decided to stake on the Chiefs instead, you’d only need to stake $10 to win $14.

Money Lines are recommended for people who are very confident about who will win but aren’t 100% sure about the Line Spread. So, if the squad’s finest player has been injured, using this wager against that team winning could be a great idea.

Over/Under

Over/Under stakes don’t ask you to choose the winning team. You just need to predict whether or not the final score will be Over or Under a given number.

For example, the Over/Under for a game involving the Baltimore Clippers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be set at 50. If you think it will be higher than this, you’ll choose to stake on Over.

These bets can also be placed on certain things happening within a game, like whether a given team will get Over or Under two interceptions.

These wagers are a great idea if you’re convinced a game will have a very high or very low score, but you aren’t quite sure who’ll win.

Parlays

Parlays involve staking on more than one team, and while they’re more difficult to win, they pay out proportionately, so you’re looking at huge returns if you do your homework.

In a two-team Parlay, you would have to pick two squads to win their games and they will need to do so for you to win, Point Spread included.

These wagers are perfect for more experienced bettors who are willing to risk a little more in the hopes of bringing home the big win!

Point Spreads

Point Spread, or Straight, stakes, are by far the most popular bets when it comes to NFL games.

Before kickoff, each match will get a unique Point Spread assigned, based on the likelihood of one squad beating the other and what kind of difference there will be in the points.

For example, in a game featuring two unevenly matched teams, like the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, you’ll see a large Point Spread, like -21.5. This means that, if you wagered on the Steelers, you’ll win as long as they don’t lose by more than 21 points.

Online NRL Betting Guide for Interested Punters in New Zealand

The annual Telstra championship is contended by the 16 NRL teams, consisting of 15 teams from Australia as well as 1 team from New Zealand, and is the most well-attended rugby league championship in the world.

Due to the popularity of the league, NRL betting has become a huge hit and as such many online sportsbooks offer a wide variety of betting markets on individual matches as well the championship as a whole. Sports betting can seem complicated to a new punter, and a simple search for NRL betting presents a variety of options which may seem like they’re written in a different language. NRL betting may seem intimidating at first however this guide will help you gain the much-needed betting confidence.

The National Rugby League

The NRL (National Rugby League) was established in 1997 in the wake of the Super League war of the 1990’s, and contains teams from the Sydney club Rugby League competition which had been competing consistently since 1908.  Matches are played across Australia and New Zealand between March and October of each year, with the Grand Final match taking place the beginning of October.

The Telstra Championship attracts record-breaking audiences on a yearly basis, and the first time the Grand Final was held at Stadium Australia in Sydney in 1999 the record for attendance at an Australian rugby league game was broken as 107,999 people attended the match. Due to this remarkable popularity, NRL betting is a very lucrative market, and there are plenty of opportunities available for placing wagers.

NRL Betting Terms

As a novice punter a quick search related to NRL betting will present you with an overwhelming variety of options when it comes to wager types. Before punters decide on a sportsbooks, or even a wager, it is important to know how odds work to order to ensure success.

Odds: There are three major types of betting odds, namely decimal, fractional and American.

The decimal form is widely used by bookmakers in New Zealand as well as off-shore sportsbooks catering to Kiwi players, and will look something like 5.00. This type of odd denotes how much will be gained by a wager of 1 unit including the stake. However, sometimes the unit could be 1, 10 or 100, so make sure to check this before calculating. So if the odds are 5.00, it means if the bet was successful it would mean a gain of 5 times the unit (5 x 1 = 5), less your stake.

Another popular form is the fractional odd, which will look something like 10/1, and denotes the amount you will gain on a bet, as opposed to how much you put in. So if you wager 1 unit, you will gain 10.

Choosing a Sportsbook

Novice New Zealand punters looking for NRL betting will notice that is not much in the way of choices when it comes to online sportsbooks. The betting industry in the country is strictly controlled by the Department of Internal Affairs and as such many punters are turning to offshore bookmakers. When it comes to choosing a sportsbook, there are a few key points that should be taken note of.

A reputable sportsbook will offer a variety of deposit and withdrawal options, and the best ones will provide a huge range of deposit options ranging from credit cards, e-wallets and even crypto currency. Look out for sportsbooks which offer quick turn-around times for deposits, as well as withdrawals as quick access to winnings is highly sought-after.