What are the basic football wagering rules?
If a player wagers on the favorite, that team must win by more than the amount of the point spread. On all straight bets, if the favorite wins by the exact point spread, the wager is a push, tie or “no action” and all bets are credited back to the player’s account. The numbers listed directly under the O/U Game is referred to as the total (over/under).
Players can wager that the combined score of both teams will be either over 47 in this example (betting the over) or under 47 (betting the under). So if the combined total score of both teams is over 47 points, then the “Over” bettors will win the amount they wagered in the proportion of 10 won for every 11 wagered. If the combined total score of both teams is under 47 then the “Under” bettors win the amount they wagered in the proportion of 10 won for every 11 wagered. Once again if the combined final score of both teams falls exactly on the posted total, the game is considered a push and all bets are refunded.
While most straight wagers are placed on the side and total for the entire game, there are a few other straight wagers available here at OFBL. Please note the following.
First Half Wagering
A bettor may wager a straight bet on which team will win the first half of action in just the same fashion as if he were placing a side bet for the entire game, only in this case, the event “ends” at the conclusion of the first half. A bettor may also place a similar wager on the total points scored in the first half of a given game, just like wagering on the total of a full game, only in this case the event ends at the conclusion of the first half. When placing a first half wager, ONLY the first half of action matters in determining the outcome of the wager
Halftime lines are posted by the OFBL line manager soon after the completion of the first half of play. A player may then place a straight side wager on which team will win the second half and the player wins or loses solely on the scoring done after halftime as what happened in the first half is irrelevant to that wager. A bettor may also place a similar wager on the total points scored in the second half of a given game, just like wagering on the total of a full game, only in this case the outcome of the event is determined by only considering those points scored in the second half. When placing halftime wager, ONLY the second half of action plus any overtime scoring matters in determining the outcome of the wager.
OFBL will also offer first quarter, second quarter, third quarter and fourth quarter wagering on select Football games. When wagering on these events, only points scored in the selected quarter count towards the outcome of the wager. Points scored in any overtime period(s) will NOT count on a fourth quarter wager.
Wagering on Matchups
OFBL will also offer straight wagering on select head-to-head matchups involving individual teams and/or players. For example, you will be able to wager on who will score more points on a given NFL weekend, the St. Louis Rams or the Indianapolis Colts. Often, this will not be a standard 11-10 wager as one team may be favored by a wider margin, such as the Rams -150 and the Colts +130.