NFL BETTING for BEGINNERS in PHILLY
- Legal overview on Betting on NFL in Philly
- Learn about the various types of NFL Lines
- Why Comparing NFL Odds matters
- How to recognize a great NFL Bookmaker
- Bet on the GO - Mobile betting on NFL
Legal overview on Betting on NFL in Philadelphia
Like most states, Pennsylvania requires gamblers to be at least 21 years of age to place bets. Aside from the age requirements, betting on the NFL is completely legal in the state of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry is rapidly growing, taking nearly $463 million in bets in September (breaking their previous record of $365 million set just one month prior in August).
Types of NFL Lines
Main NFL Football Bets
NFL Point Spread Betting
This is the most popular type of bet for Football. A point spread is essentially a Moneyline bet, but with additional points added & subtracted from both teams at the end of the game. For these bets, the favorite must win the game by a certain number of points, while the underdogs receive extra points to pad their end game total.
For example, if the Eagles were -7.5 favorites, their opponents would have a +7.5 point spread. In which case, the Eagles would need to win by 8+ to win the spread. Otherwise, their opponents would be victorious.
NFL Money Line Betting
Money Line bets are about as simple a bet you can make. You're only betting on which side you think will win the game. These wagers tend to see a wide range of odds, depending on how big the favorite is.
Let's say the Eagles are -460 favorites in their upcoming game vs. the Cowboys, who are +330 underdogs. These numbers mean that in order to win $100 betting the Eagles, you must risk $460. On the flip slide, if you were betting on the Cowboys, you'd only need to risk $100 to win $330.
NFL Total Over/Under Betting
These popular bets are simple in theory and easy to execute. For each game, sportsbooks assign a number representing the bookmakers' prediction for both teams' combined point total. This leaves two options for bettors: the "over" or the "under." Let's say the total is set at 49.5 for the upcoming Eagles vs. Giants game.
The only way the over wins is if the combined final score is 50 or higher. Otherwise, the under will be victorious.
NFL Future Bets
Divisional betting offers the most favorites of all the NFL's future betting options. This is due to the fact that there are four teams in the mix, unlike Conference betting, which has 16 teams to choose from.
The current odds in the NFC East have the Cowboys at +105, the Football Team at +320, the Eagles at +400, and the NY Giants at +450.
Conference Champion futures offer better odds than Super Bowl futures. The reason being is because making the Super Bowl requires one more win, not to mention against a top 4 NFL team who's also fighting for a championship.
This option is a great choice if you're looking to bet on a Super Bowl Champion, but want a little extra assurance. The current favorites in the NFC are the Buccaneers at +350 and LA Rams at +450.
Super Bowl Winner
Super Bowl futures have the lowest chance of winning but also carry the highest potential payouts. Gamblers who don't mind risking it all may see this as an appealing option.
The current favorites to win the 2021 Super Bowl are the Chiefs at +500, the Buccaneers at +800. Following them are the LA Rams +1000 & Green Bay +1100. The Eagles are ranked 25th, with odds at +8000.
NFL Player Props
Player to score Touchdown
There are a few prop bets available for players scoring touchdowns. You can bet on the game's first or last TD scorer, a team's first TD scorer, or a player scoring multiple TDs. You can also bet on a player scoring a TD at any point in the game.
Anytime TD props offer the lowest odds since they only have to score once, and they're able to score at any point in the game.
Player Rushing Yards
Sportsbooks offer rushing props for several different players. A couple of options are betting on the O/U for a player's total rushing yards or the O/U for a player's total rushing attempts.
For example, Boston Scott has O/U for rushing attempts set at 11.5, while his O/U for rushing yards is set at 46.5 yards. Bettors only have to choose the over or under for these totals.
Player Passing Yards
Quarterbacks have their own section of prop bets as well. You can bet on a QB's totals for passing yards, as well as passing attempts. Additionally, you're able to bet on the total touchdowns a QB throws, the distance of their longest completion, and total interceptions thrown.
Player Receiving Yards
Similar to how the rushing and passing props work, receiving prop bets also have many options available. Several players have O/U totals set for receiving yards and receptions. Many of them also have totals for their longest reception.
NFL Score Props
Team to Make First Score
Sportsbooks have an option to bet on the first team to score in a game. These bets are straightforward, easy to make, and a great option for bettors looking to find value when betting on a favorite.
For example, this week, the Eagles are -240 on the Moneyline, but they're only -120 to score first.
Total Field Goals Scored
Another part of prop betting is the Field Goal section. There aren't as many options available as the others, but there is still a lot of value to be found in field goal props.
You can bet on both the game's total or a team's total of successful field goals. Another option is betting on which team will make the longest field goal.
Total Team Points
Prop bets for a team's point total also offer a wide variety of odds and options for bettors. You can bet on a team's point total O/U for the 1st quarter, first half, or the entire game.
NFL Parlay Betting
A parlay can be viewed as a group of bets. These bets are a great option for gamblers who are seeking a high payout. But in order to claim these lucrative payouts, all bets in the parlay need to win. Otherwise, the parlay loses.
Live NFL Betting - Where to bet Live on NFL
Often times gamblers are unable to place bets before a game starts. To help combat this issue, sportsbooks offer live betting! Compared to standard betting, this is a much higher-paced atmosphere.
Most bookies will update their odds lines multiple times per minute, forcing bettors to place their bets almost instantly. Despite the rapid environment, one advantage to live betting is the potential to find high-value odds lines.
Why comparing NFL ODDS matters
If you want to capitalize on your profits, it's essential to compare the odds of various sportsbooks.
For example, FOXBET offered the Philadelphia Eagles at -240 on the Moneyline, while UNIBET offered them at -210. This means if you were betting to make $100, you'd save $30 if you had wagered through FOXBET instead of Unibet.
NFL Favorites vs. Underdogs
For each NFL game, bookmakers must determine a favorite (the team who's most likely to win) and their opponent, known as the underdogs. The size of the favorite is represented by the number next to them (the larger the number, the bigger the favorite).
This week, the Eagles were -320 favorites as they hosted the +260 Cowboys.
NCAAF betting Odds
College Football betting in Philadelphia is a very popular and competitive betting market. Many sportsbooks have just as many available NCAAF bets as they have NFL bets. You must be at least 21 years of age to start betting.
How to recognize a great NFL Bookmaker
The license they hold means safety
The only way to guarantee that you'll be able to collect your profits is by registering with a licensed bookmaker. While some sportsbooks operate without a license, there is no clear advantage in choosing them over a licensed bookie.
Bonuses and promotions tailored to NFL betting
Bookies are constantly releasing new deals to their bettors. They offer these bonuses to stand out in front of their competitors. It's always smart to compare all available bonus offers to capitalize on the best new deals!
Margins they provide on NFL odds
Another wise tactic is comparing the difference in odds lines between sportsbooks. On most occasions, no individual bookie will offer the best odds for every game. For this reason, it's recommended to check out who's offering the best odds whenever you're placing a bet.
Variety of betting lines
For the best experience, it's good to choose a bookie that offers numerous betting lines. Most sportsbooks will offer basic lines such as point spreads, over/under totals, and money lines. Experienced gamblers will only consider bookies that offer bets like futures and props.
Easy to use interface
The very best sportsbooks have simple user interfaces that are easy to use. Most of these interfaces have a distinctive feel and look to them. You should take a look at a few options to see if there's any that stand out!
Variety of Payment Methods accepted
The best bookmakers tend to offer the most payment methods as well. Standard methods you should expect to find are Credit/Debit Cards, Cryptocurrency, E-Wallets (Paypal, Skrill, etc.), and Bank Transfers.
Multiple Customer support channels
Customer support is one of the most important parts of what defines a quality bookie. The best support teams can resolve an issue in as little as 5-10 minutes. They also offer several different methods of contact.