MMA Wagering 101
Posted by Performify on August 11, 2007 at 5:37 pm ET
"Gambling Nomenclature: A Quick Primer
Everything starts with the betting line. For example, take a line for Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt at UFC 73:
Anderson Silva -185
Nate Marquardt +150
The numbers listed next to a fighterâ€™s name are known in gambling parlance as a moneyline. Moneyline bets are straight bets on the winner of an event, and are often referred to simply as “the line.” Moneyline bets are available in almost every major sport, including football and basketball.
There are two sections to a moneyline. The fighter listed with a negative number is the favorite and is being predicted to win the fight. The fighter listed with a positive number is the underdog.
The amount listed as a negative number is the amount you must wager on the favored fighter to win $100. Silva -185 means you risk $185 to win $100. A winning bet also returns your original betting stake, for a total return of $285.
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