Sports Betting Terminology

ATS – against the spread
10 Cent Line – The money line difference (10 cents) between what a bettor would lay with the favorite or take back with the underdog
20 Cent Line – The money line difference (20 cents) between what a bettor would lay with the favorite or take back with the underdog
Beard – Messenger bettor
Buck – $100
Chalk – Favorite
Circled Game – Game where action is limited due to uncertainties about weather, injuries, etc.
Cover – Win by more than the pointspread
Dime – $1000
Dime Line – Slang used to designate the 10 cent money line.
Dog – Underdog
Dollar – $100
Edge – Advantage
Even Money – A wager on which neither side lays any odds or vigorish
Exotic Bet – Action other than a straight bet or parlay
Exposure – The amount of money one actually stands to lose on a game or race
Firing – Betting a lot. A player who is ” firing” is wagering large sums.
Futures – Wagers made, or lines/odds posted on an event or outcome taking place in the future. For example, betting on who will be next year’s World Series champs.
Grand Salami – A slang word for the over/under total for the combined score of all the hockey contests on the schedule for that day
Halftime Line – A line on only the first half, or only the second half scoring of a football or basketball game
Hedge – Bet the opposite of your original wager in order to reduce the amount of exposure you have on a game
Hook – Half point in pointspreads
Juice – Bookmaker’s commission, most often refers to the 11 to 10 football bettors lay on straight wagers. Also known as vigorish.
Laying Points – A wager on a favorite in a pointspread contest
Line – Moneyline, odds, or pointspread
Middle – To win both sides of a game. For example, if you bet the underdog +3 1/2 and the favorite -2 1/2 and the favorite wins by 3, you’ve middled the book. The book has been middled.
Moneyline – The amount you must bet to win 100 or the amount you win if you bet 100
Nickel – $500
Off The Board – Game where no bets are being accepted
Over/Under – A bet on whether the combined total of the points/goals scored by the two teams will exceed or be less than a specified number
Overlay – When the odds on a proposition are in favor of the bettor rather than the house
Parlay – A bet with two or more teams where all the teams must win for the bettor to be successful
Pick or Pick’em – A game where neither team is favored
Pointspread – The handicap, or head start, which the favorite gives to the underdog for betting purposes
Press – To bet a larger amount than usual
Push – A tie between the bettor and the bookmaker that is the result of the score of an event falling exactly on the pointspread number
Round Robin – A series of parlays. A three-team round robin consists of one three-team parlay and three two-team parlays
SU – Straight up win, winner of a contest regardless of spread
Score – To win a lot of money
Scratch – Withdraw; cancel
Sharp – Wise guy, seasoned, successful bettor
Side Bet/Side Wager – A wager on a particular team, or side, to win a contest
Soft Line – A wagering line that is not current with the true posted line. A line that has been adjusted or moved as a result of action and does not reflect the true line as posted.
Spread – An abbreviated form of pointspread
Steam – When a betting line starts to move quite rapidly because many bettors are playing on one side of the game
Straight Bet – A single wager on a selected side or over/under
Take The Points – A wager on the underdog in a pointspread contest
Teaser – A bet on 2 or more teams where the line on each team is adjusted in the favor of the bettor. Like a Parlay, all selections must be correct for the teaser to win
Total – The line on a given contest, representing the combined number of points/goals scored by the two teams
Underlay – When the odds on a proposition are in favor of the house
Value – An overlay
Vigorish – Bookmaker’s commission, most often refers to the 11 to 10 football bettors lay on straight wagers. Also known as juice.
Wise Guy – Established and successful sports bettor