What is a Straight bet?

September 30, 2022

Single Bet (Straight Bet)

it is a form of bet on a single outcome of a particular event or tournament. Examples include:

  • Betting on the Warriors to win the NRL Premier League.
  • A bet on Federer to beat Nadal.
  • Betting on Dan Carter to win the first attempt of a rugby game.

A straight bet, sometimes called a single bet, is, as simple as it sounds, a single bet on an event. You can use any bet type – line, spread, over/under, all you need to do is correctly predict the outcome of that bet. Usually, the term “straight bet” is used when talking about a single bet versus a parlay (if it is a bet or a preview), which includes multiple bets on a single bet.

So even if you are talking about betting on a single game, you are betting directly. Bets on the team to win the Super Bowl are considered straight bets and Over/Under bets on any given NBA game. The odds of an outright bet are all about the likelihood of that outcome happening, so if you bet on an NHL spread of -2.5/+2.5, you will try to follow the odds assigned by the oddsmaker.

How to Make a Moneyline Straight Bet

Moneyline direct betting is the easiest and most popular betting option you can place, as simple as choosing which team you think will win outright. When many people think of outright betting, they immediately think of odds betting as the most accessible type of bet in sports betting.

Each team has odds associated with their likelihood of winning the game. There will be (+) losers next to the odds numbers and (-) favorites next to the numbers. The odds will show you how much cash you will win on a $100 bet or how much you will need to bet to win $100, depending on which side you choose.

If we wanted to bet directly on the odds of an MLB game, the odds might look like this:

San Francisco Giants – 200

Arizona Diamondbacks +175

It means that the Giants are more likely to win, and you need to bet 200 USD to win $100 for a total return of $300 on a Moneyline straight bet.

If you think of the Diamondbacks as the underdogs, you’ll win $175 on a $100 bet, with a total payout of $275 on a Moneyline straight bet.

It all depends on how much risk you’re willing to take and how likely the outright bet is to cash out.

How to Make Point Spread Straight Bet

Spread direct betting is also quite popular, especially for intermediate bettors. Spreads are designed to give the underdog a slight advantage or an imaginary lead before the game starts to level the playing field. Oddsmakers set lines based on how likely a team is to win and how many points.

The spread shows you how the oddsmakers think each team is likely to win or lose, depending on whether you’re betting on the underdog or the favorite. Just like with odds betting, you will have negative and positive numbers next to the number of points they are expected to win.

Positive numbers are losers again; they have to win or lose by less than a point difference. Negatives are the favorite teams and must win the game by more than the spread.

Let’s take the NBA as an example; if the Miami Heat were playing against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Lakers were very popular, the spread might look like this:

Miami Heat +11.5 (-110)

Los Angeles Lakers -11.5 (-110)

That means the Lakers must win by more than 12 points, which is pretty high. In this case, the Heat would need to lose by less than 11 points or win the game outright for your under-spread bet to cash out on the outright bet. The odds associated with betting are relatively standard; if you bet on the Lakers, you need to bet $110 to win 100 USD, and if you bet on the Heat, you will win $110 on a $100 bet.

How to make a Totals Straight Bet

Total points direct betting is easy and quite popular, especially if the game is approaching and you don’t see yourself leaning towards a team on either side of the bet. Total Points Direct allows you to bet on the total points of both teams.

Oddsmakers will set odds based on the average number of goals scored by each team in a game, considering the skill level of both attacking and defending. Hence, these totals are usually reasonably close.

We will use the NHL as an example of direct betting totals. Over/Under betting on NHL games is easy, another popular option due to the low scoring in the NHL. These lines can be set anywhere between 4 and 10 and can be set to whatever target the oddsmakers think will be scored in the game.

Suppose the Philadelphia Flyers play against the Boston Bruins, and the total goals are set at 6. You must decide whether the two teams have more or less than six points combined. It could be all sorts of numbers, and you could take over. Philadelphia could win 5-2 or 6-4, as long as there are more than 6, no matter how many goals you exceed.

If you win and it ends up being 5-2, you lose. But if the score ends up being 3-1, you win the bet. In this sense, total score betting is straightforward.

Direct betting is relatively simple, and if you’re ready to start betting, you can head to the sportsbook to see all the available straightforward bets. If you feel proficient in straight betting, we recommend upping the ante and trying a parlay or tease.

How to place a straight bet

Go to BetUS’ sportsbook page. If you only want to see betting lines for one sport (such as football), click the football link in the left menu to see the options available for betting on football or other online sports betting. These options will appear below the main football tab.

If you want to bet on the NFL, click on it, and the available games will be displayed in the so-called betting engine in the middle of the page. Click on the odds shown in the betting engine and select the NFL game you would like to bet on. After loading each option, you will see it in the right column of the bet slip.

To select another sport to add to your ticket, just go back to the Sports column on the left & click on another sport. Select again from the available events and add them to your bet slip.

Note: BetUS allows you to make a so-called Rolling If-Bet on a single bet. It will enable you to make new bets with funds from previous bets under certain conditions. Click the link to find out if Rolling If-Bet is suitable for you.

All events you select will be listed in the bet slip with your betting selections above.

When you select your event, you will see betting options for parlay, reverse, and trailer in the bet slip. Straight bets will be the default bet type until you select another bet type. Whatever bet type the bet slip is set to will be greyed out.

If you want a direct bet on multiple events, you can select all the games you want on the same bet slip and click the direct button to see all your selections listed in the bet slip. =

Here, we’ll lead the Washington Redskins to a standard odds of -110 to win the spread. We will bet $100 on this selection. We do this by entering the risk amount in the risk space, & our payout amount of 90.91 USD is automatically generated in the winning area next to it. We then place a bet in the system by clicking the “Bet” button.

Here, your BetUS bet slip gives you more opportunities to review your pending bets before placing your bet. This includes game information, lines, and risk and win amounts. To confirm your bet, enter your BetUS PIN and click Confirm. Once approved, you will not be able to change your bet, and BetUS will not be able to cancel it.

Once your bet is confirmed, the bet slip will again show all your details and require you to print a paper bet slip. In emergencies or otherwise, no internet claims will be honored unless a printed copy of the relevant bet is provided.

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