When is a Soccer Game Considered Official For Sports Betting Purposes?

Soccer games don’t have to go full regulation for wagers to have action. World Cup wagering has gained increase wagering over the past decade at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. In America soccer World Cup betting has made itself on scheduled segments of sports betting radio shows, as the betting public has demanded more coverage. The World Cup is attractive to Las Vegas and online sports betting professionals as the event is schedule in the summer months and only goes head to head against 1 major sport and that’s Major League Baseball on the betting board in the United States. Games are official for wagering purposes after 40 minutes of the second half have been completed. With soccer being played in outdoor stadiums extreme weather conditions can force games to be canceled. Also there have been those rare occasions when fan behavior has forced the cancellation of games. The best practice for sports bettors is to read thoroughly the terms and conditions posted at a Las Vegas and online sportsbooks in regards to when games are official for wagering purposes in these rare situations.

Soccer betting professionals scour websites looking for statistics on teams. Many look at past results as an indicator on the teams strength and ability. Most professional soccer leagues schedule 2 games a week for their teams. As teams compete for their league title they compete in tournament or domestic cup games during their league schedule. Sports betting professionals will seek local newspapers online to get important information on the soccer teams head coach’s roster decisions. They want to find out how motivated the team is. Some may be completely out of contention for the league title and may be looking to play out the string. Some teams near the bottom of the standings may be playing to avoid relegation to a lesser league next season. At times players will be hit with suspensions and will be forced to miss the team’s upcoming match. Some teams hold either their league or tournament play more important and may sit players to freshen them up for their upcoming league or tournament game. The best practice for a Las Vegas or online sportsbook soccer bettors is to look at the upcoming schedule, research local newspapers to determine if teams are sitting key players to heal minor ailments and if key players must serve a suspension.

The soccer betting board offers many options. Moneyline or also known as fixed odds wagers have three outcomes – you can pick either of the teams to win, or you can pick a draw. If you don’t pick a draw and the game ends in a tie, you lose the wager. Some online or Las Vegas sportsbooks will put pointspread wagering options or also known “Asian Handicap” on soccer matches. The games will be lined with a ½,1, 1 ½ or even 2 points. The favorite in the betting will be lined with a (-) meaning they are giving a head start to the other team and the underdog will be lined with a (+) meaning they will be given between ½ to 2 goal head start to begin the game. The objective of the sports bettor is to take either the underdog or favorite in the betting. Pointspread wagering is very familiar to gamblers who bet at Las Vegas sportsbooks as point spread lines are bet heavily in the NFL, college football, college basketball and the NBA. Many Las Vegas sportsbooks will post odds on soccer matches in the pointspread fashion.

Unless otherwise specified when wagering on soccer the score at the end of regulation play (90 minutes plus injury time) will be used for wagering purposes. Results from extra time, golden goals, or penalty shootouts are not included. The best practice that all professional Las Vegas or online sports bettors follow is to read the terms and conditions that are posted for betting patrons.

Craps, a Table Game That’s So Mis-Understood Is Easy to Learn and Play – Here’s How

Many players avoid the casino game of craps at first because the large oval shaped table with numerous betting options seems a bit intimidating to table game players. Craps is actually easy to learn and fun to play, and here’s how:

Start at a five dollar minimum table. You’ll usually find them during non-peak hours. I recommend a buy-in at least 20X the table minimum. A button on the table will read ON or OFF. When it is in the OFF position, place your money on the table and ask the dealer for $5 chips. You will see seasoned players making various wagers. The most popular is the PASS LINE bet. Place a chip(s) in that area in front of you. When you hear the dealer shout “COMMIN’ OUT” that’s when the excitement starts and the designated SHOOTER will toss two dice. Here are the wagering choices:

Pass Line

If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first roll, you win even money. If a 2, 3, or 12 appear, you lose. Any other number, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 becomes your POINT. A dealer will mark the point number with the ON button indicating game in progress. In order for you to win, the shooter must roll the point number before he or she rolls a 7. If a 7 appears before the point, the house wins. No other numbers matter on this wager, no matter how long it takes. The game will end only if a point or 7 is rolled.

Odds Bet

This is a wager every pass line bettor should take advantage of because it pays off in TRUE ODDS and has no house edge. If a point number is rolled, you will have the opportunity to take odds on that bet by placing an additional wager behind your pass line bet. Most casinos allow a double odds bet. For example, let’s say 4 is the point. There are three ways to win with the 4: 3 and 1, 2 and 2, or 1 and 3. However there are six ways to lose with a 7: 4 and 3, 5 and 2, 6 and 1, 3 and 4, 2 and 5, 1 and 6.Thus, 6/3 is a two to one payout. Your $10 double odds wager will earn you $20 plus your pass line bet if you win.

Don’t Pass

A very small percentage of players use this option. It works the exact opposite of the pass line. Here you are betting that the shooter will lose the roll. A wager on the don’t pass line will win if the come out shooter rolls a 2 or 3, push (no win/no loss) with a 12, lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. Odds bets are available however your chances of winning are greater than losing, so you have to lay the odds instead of taking them. If a point is rolled such as 4, you win if a 7 is rolled first. This time 3/6 is a one to two payout so you would have to put up $20 to win $10 plus the don’t pass wager.

Be forewarned that only about 2% of players play the don’t pass, AKA wrong bettor. You will not have many friends at the table when betting wrong.

Come Bets

Come bets work the same way as a pass line bet but can only be made after a point is established. A 7 or 11 wins, a 2, 3, or 12 loses. Any other number becomes your come point and must be rolled before a 7 for you to win. You can also take true odds on your come point after the dealer moves your chip(s) to the appropriate number box. This wager is independent of the pass line wager and your come point may be other than your pass line point. Thus, if the shooter makes his or her pass line point, the game ends but your come point wagers remain active. If a 7 is rolled during the next come out roll, you lose the come bet but your odds are returned to you.

Don’t Come Bets

This play works the same way as a don’t pass wager after a point is established. You may also lay true odds. You want the 7 to be rolled before the don’t come point. Here is the one big exception on a don’t come bet: should the shooter win his or her pass line wager, and the don’t come point is made on the next come out roll, You not only lose your wager but your odds bet as well.

Place Bets

A wager on one or more point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10). The bet(s) win if the number repeats before a 7 is rolled and lose if a 7 appears first. Payoffs are: 6, 8- pays 7/6, 5, 9- pays 7/5, 4, and 10- pay 9/5.

Buy and Lay Bets

A buy bet is the same as a place bet except you pay a five percent commission to the house when you make the bet but you are paid in true odds if you win. Payoffs are: 6, 8 pays 6/5, 5, 9 pays 3/2, 4, and 10 pay 2/1. A lay bet is the exact opposite of the buy bet. You must bet more to win less because your chances of winning are greater than losing.

Wits and Wagers

Of the many party and family games around, Wits and Wagers is surely on top of this list. It has even the proud recipient of over a dozen gaming industry awards, including Best Family Game for many popular sites and award giving bodies over the internet. Heck, it is even available on Xbox and in 6 languages.

In addition to its claims to fame is the game show events held in honor of this game. These are hosted by the North Star Games at Origins and GenCon. Once again, these Wits and Wagers game events are not only entertaining. They too have garnered much favor from Alan Moon, Tom Vasel and other known board game authors, creators and critics.

This game can be enough to make a huge reunion get together much more fun and remarkable. This could be played by 7 teams of 1-3 players each. Everyone can bet on anyone’s answer, and winning can be easy by playing the odds and making educated guesses. It is composed of a felt betting mat, 100 question cards, 120 poker chips in 2 denominations, 14 betting tokens, 7 dry erase answer boards, 7 dry erase pens, 30-second sand timer and rules booklet.

The game has also spawned several offspring editions. One of which is the Wits and Wagers Family Edition that is equally recognized within the party games arena. This version is dubbed to be much better than the original release. That is thanks to its simpler and more portable manufacture. It has also been made to become more wholesome as the ‘betting’ function is removed. Plus, the questions included in the set are now more appropriate for kids. Other critics say that what they love about this new set is that the Meeple playing piece is put to good use.

The Family Edition contains 150 question cards, 5 each of dry erase boards and dry erase pens, 1 permanent answer board, 5 large Meeples (worth 2 points), 5 small Meeples (worth 1 point), 1 dry erase score board and rule book.

For those who have exhausted all the questions included in either Wits and Wagers game sets, there is one quick solution for you. The Expansion Pack is now available. This set is composed of 700 new questions that can surely heat things up at the party.

Moreover, this set has additional 7 cards that feature either of these personalities – Ken Jennings, Scott Alden Alan Moon, Richard Borg and Bruno Faidutti. The Personality Cards will contain a cartoon and short blurb about the person featured.

This exciting game can truly make your parties filled with tons of laughter and entertainment.