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What does "plus" and "minus" mean in sports betting?

What does plus and minus mean in sports betting?

What does plus and minus mean in sports betting?

What does "plus" and "minus" mean as a sports betting term?

Odds expressed in terms of money, with $100 being the standard. If the odds are minus (–), then that amount of money must be wagered to win $100. (e.g. –150 means you must bet $150 to win $100.) If the odds are plus (+), that amount of money would be earned on a successful $100 wager. (e.g. +150 means you make $150 on a $100 wager.) Money line is also sometimes referred to as “American Odds.”  

The standard (and often implied) number is –110, meaning a successful bet of $110 would net $100 profit. This is the “juice” or “vigorish” (aka “vig”) for the house or sportsbook. Assuming equal bets on both sides, the house has a built-in 10 percent cut of the action, regardless of the outcome of a particular sporting event.  

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This juice is a way to discourage gamblers from wagering on a heavy favorite. If the Golden State Warriors are listed at –500 to win the NBA championship, a successful $500 wager would only net $100.  

On the flip side, the plus-minus juice can also encourage gamblers to wager on a longshot. If the Los Angeles Lakers are a +500 to win the NBA championship, a successful $100 bet would net $500.