Betting doubles the fun and excitement which is integrated in the sport. It also gives an opportunity to make some money if they know the sport.
Most Common Betting Markets
The most popular bet type when it comes to American football is the match winner one. As with all sports, the most exciting thing and the most challenging bet that a punter can make usually involves which of the two teams contesting will win the match. And while betting on American football has evolved so much that these days there are hundreds of markets to choose from, still the most popular market to bet on is the match winner one.
As we already mentioned, the match winner market in American football can also be expressed through a points spread. This means that the stronger team gets points deduction and the weaker team gets the same number of extra points. In a simple example, if the NO Saints are playing the CAR Panthers it would be reasonable to expect that the Saints will start with a 6 point deficit and the Panthers will get a 6 point head start.
Another popular American football betting market is the game total market. In this market punters predict whether the total number of points in a game. They predict whether it will be lower or higher than a pre-set limit by the bookmaker. This limit is usually set at around 50 points.
Betting on the totals market is a great way to enjoy American football. This is because you don’t care which team will actually win the match. You are only concerned with the number of points that will be scored in the match by both teams.
In addition to these three markets, American football betting enthusiasts can also bet on other markets. These include the first half point spread market and the first half total two way market. They can also place bets on the first half money line (half time winner) two way market. Betting on individual quarter markets and on various handicap betting propositions is also popular. Finally, wagering on individual player betting markets is one of the trends among millennial punters.
Why Is Betting on American Football so Popular?
As we already mentioned in the beginning, betting on American football comes very naturally to almost all NFL lovers. This is because American football is perfect for betting. It is a much better choice for betting enthusiasts than some other sports such as soccer or baseball.
And while betting on soccer might be more popular with punters around the world right now, that is probably only because soccer gets much bigger exposure worldwide than the NFL and not because soccer is a better sport to bet on.
In fact, if you had to pick one sport which is perfect for betting enthusiasts who don’t want to be surprised by the final outcome of a match, and that is usually true for all punters, than that sport would have to be American football.
This is because in American football it is very difficult for an inferior team to defeat a stronger opponent. The team that wins is usually the better opponent. This is not always the case in soccer or basketball. In soccer, teams might deploy a negative tactic and then hit the other team with a successful counter attack. In that way they will undeservedly steal the points. If a team wants to stage a surprise in football, it has to get better than their opponent.