Getting Started at a Sportsbook

A sportsbook is a place to place wagers on sports, entertainment and politics. The best online sportsbooks offer a wide range of betting options and fair odds for the major sports and events that interest you.

Getting Started at a Sportsbook

The first step to sports betting is finding the legal options available in your area. Once you have a good idea of the rules and regulations, depositing and withdrawing your money is easy. Most sportsbooks accept popular banking methods like credit cards, e-wallets, and checks.

Point Spreads and Over/Under Bets

Most online sportsbooks offer spread bets, which allow you to bet on the outcome of a game. This is done by setting a point spread and predicting the number of points that the team must score or win by. For example, the Chiefs may be favored by five points in a game against the Saints. However, if the Chiefs score six points or more, they will cover the spread.

Over/Under Totals

Most sportsbooks also offer total bets, which are wagers on the number of runs, goals or points scored by both teams combined. A Los Angeles Rams game against the Seattle Seahawks is a good example of an Over/Under bet. For this matchup, the total is 42.5. Those who believe that the Rams and Seahawks will combine for more than this total would bet the Over. On the other hand, those who believe that the Rams and Seahawks are unlikely to score more than this total would bet the Under.