Updated: Feb 13
A sportsbook is a place where bettors can bet on various sports or race competitions. The term "book" is a reference to the book used by brokers to track or record the stake, payout, and debts, which is why the organization or person who accepts bets is called a "bookmaker" or "bookie."
Common Bet Types
There are many ways to bet on an outcome of a sports event. The most common ones are:
Over / Under
Odd / Even
Handicap (Asian Handicap)
How Do Sportsbooks Make A Profit?
There are many ways that bookmakers can do to ensure profit. One of the most common ways is to adjust the payoff ratio (odds).
Here is the math:
Let's imagine a scenario where the bookmaker offers a "Moneyline" (a.k.a. "which team wins") bet in a basketball game, where the two teams are of equal skill.
The odds are:
1.9 (decimal odds) Team A wins
1.9 (decimal odds) Team B wins
Then, the bookmaker collects $10,000 worth of bets on both teams, giving the bookmaker $20,000 in the bank. Now, no matter which team wins, the bookmaker will only have to payout $19,000 to the bettors who won the bet. $20,000 minus $19,000 is $1,000, turning into profit for the bookmaker.
We said that Team A and Team B have an equal amount of skill, meaning that either team will have a 50% chance of winning.
In this case, the "fair" odds (fair, as in no profit to be made by the bookmaker) would be:
2.0 (decimal odds) Team A wins
2.0 (decimal odds) Team B wins
The difference between 2.0 odds and 1.9 odds is what the sportsbook profits from. We call this value the "juice" or "vig".
Online Sportsbooks And Blockchain
With the rise of online sportsbooks, placing bets on sports has become more accessible than ever. Bettors can easily deposit money into their online sportsbook accounts and place bets within a few clicks. However, despite the convenience, there are still concerns about the transparency of online sportsbooks and the reliability of payouts.
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