Bet to Risk (To Not Win)
This basic difference can be applied across most sports, but it’s especially important when betting baseball.
Bet to danger means you are betting a specific pre-determined amount based on your own unit size. Bet to win means you are betting either a higher or lower amount based on the purchase price of the wager.
For instance, say you need to bet the Cubs as a -125 favourite. Betting to danger means that in the event that you wager $100 on the Cubs and they win, you win your $100 back and you win $80 according to the -125 price. Should you bet the Cubs to win (not risk), you would need to put $125 on the Cubs so as to win $100. If the Cubs win, you get your $125 back plus you get $100.
But if the Cubs lose, you lost $100 by betting to risk, versus losing $125 on betting to win.
On the reverse side, say you wanted to wager on the White Sox as a +130 underdog. If you gamble to risk $100 on the White Sox, you would get your $100 back and win $130 if the White Sox win. Should you bet to win $100 on the White Sox, you would only have to lay roughly $77 based on the +130 price. Should they win, then you get your $100 back plus you win $77.
It might sound confusing, but do yourself a favor and constantly wager to danger (not win). It’ll save you when you lose on a popular and pad your bankroll bigly when you win on an underdog.
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