Gambling Odds FAQs

A lot of people gamble. But not everyone who flutters understands how it actually works. So we’re here to break it down for you with our gambling odds FAQs.

We’ve pulled together all the frequently asked questions that you might’ve been too afraid to ask. When you’re informed, it’s better for everyone. Give this a read and you’ll have the basics down before you know it.

Gambling odds FAQs

Is there a way to guarantee I’ll win on a sports bet?

No there isn’t. Even the most seemingly obvious bets aren’t guaranteed.

That’s the fun of sports. But it’s also a reminder that you should never bet more than you can afford to lose on anything, including sports.

Online sports books are designed to make money. The more bettors who lose, the more money they make. It’s simple.

How do I understand sports betting odds?

Betting odds can be expressed as decimals (frequently used in the US) or fractions (more common in the UK).

The bets 4:00 and 4/1 both mean the same thing. If you bet £/$1, you can expect to win £/$4 if you’re bet comes in.

What casino games can you use strategy in?

On average, punters don’t win more than they lose while playing any casino game.

However, in certain casino games, such as blackjack, if you play to a tried-and-tested strategy, you’ll minimize your losses over time.

Which casino games are completely random?

Online slots, bingo, scratch cards and rouletter are all governed by Random Number Generators (RGI).

Nothing you can do, including how much you bet, frequency and timing, can influence how or when you win.

Is it possible to always win when you’re playing poker?

Poker is a game of skill. But it’s also a game of luck. Even the best players in the world can’t possibly win every single time.

To make the most of your time on the felt, it does pay to learn a bit about poker strategy so at least you’re not making basic mistakes that can cost you.

How do online casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks make money?

Long answer short, they make money by you placing bets with them.

Sportsbooks are betting that you’ll lose more than you win.

Meanwhile, casinos always set their return-to-player percentage to under 100%. That means, if you’re playing a game with a 97% RTP, 3% of your bets over time will generally end up in the pockets of the casino and/or game creators.

And in poker, you’re generally charged a tournament fee or rake every time you sit down at a tournament or cash game. All that goes straight to the operator.

What if I think I have a gambling problem?

Nothing you can learn logically about gambling odds can protect you if you have a gambling problem. The only way to deal with it is to stop gambling completely.

However, this is extremely difficult to do without getting external support.

But the good news is, there are organizations around the globe that can help. For example, in the US, you can contact National Council on Problem Gambling. And if you’re in the UK, you can find help via Be Gamble Aware.

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