The betting odds are usually the likelihood of the occurrence of a certain result in an event and this is generally presented in the forms of fractions or decimals or the numbers are also presented with the symbol of plus or minus on the front of the numbers also called money line. The players before placing bets or wagers on outcomes should understand how to make the sports betting odds work.  Without a good grip on betting odds, it would be quite ridiculous to place bets as it doesn’t quite increase the chances of winning the bets and earning profits. 

The Fractional Odds or British Odds

These odds are quite popular and used in countries like Britain and Ireland. The Irish and British bookmakers highly favor this odd which makes it the most popular betting odd worldwide. The odds are presented with a hyphen or slash in between the numbers, like 4/1, and is announced as four-to-one. The British odd represents the net total of the profit to be paid out to the bettor, relative to the stake. The numerators and denominators of the betting odds are always given in integers. Furthermore, a type of fractional odds is also known as Hong Kong odds which are quite exchangeable. 

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Decimal Odds

The decimal odds are quite famous in European countries, in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and others. The decimal odds are usually equal to the decimal value of the fractional odds added with one. These odds are the ratio of the payout value including the original stake, to the stake itself. The decimal odds can be calculated by multiplying the initial wager with the decimal value. This odd is also famous in the betting exchanges as it is easy to learn and understand and also they reflect the inverse of the probability of any outcome. The decimal odds are also known among the users with the name of European odds or digital odds. 

Money Line Odds


Money line odds are also known as the American odds are quite popular among American bookmakers. Here, the odds are reflected with the symbols plus and minus in front f of the numbers. The outcomes which are less likely to happen are usually denoted with a plus symbol. When the outcomes are more likely to occur than not occurring, the odds are called negative odds and are presented with a minus symbol. In almost all the cases, the favorite will have negative odds whereas the lesser favorites will have positive money line odds. 

Wholesale Odds

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When the probability of occurrence of the event is 100% then it is called wholesale odds. These are the real odds that are displayed without any bookmaker’s profit. This index is the index of all the prices in the probabilistic market. 

The sports betting odds are the basics the players should learn before the start of gambling and after that, they can go for deeper knowledge about the other aspects.