The Art of Sports Odds Making
By Tom Wilkinson
The sports betting odds are made by a group of self
described “sports junkies” who have forgot more sports and
sports betting than all of the morons on ESPN combined could
ever hope to know. The sports betting odds makers very job
is to know sports inside and out as they must put together a
sports betting line that attracts sports betting action to
both sides of a game for either itâ€™s side or over/under for
sports bettors at casino sportsbooks.
Sports betting odds making is both an art, and science.
Sports betting odds making is cold mathematics but also a
feel for the game in question and the sports betting
publicâ€™s perception of it as public perception is as
important, if not more so, than the actual merits of the
teams that a sports betting odds maker makes a sports
betting line on.
Many sports betting odds makers will use a combination of
power ratings and their own gut feel when making a football
sports betting line. Pro football is considered much more of
a “public” sports betting venture as casual sports betting
fans will make sports wagers on pro football
At casino sportsbooks
while ignoring the other sports betting opportunities
offered from other sports at their sportsbook or sports gambling house.
Sports betting odds makers take such sports betting odds
making on college football and pro basketball totals far
more seriously and mathematically as professional sports bettors tend to concentrate on the sports betting
lines of those sports betting opportunities.
The sports betting odds makers will get together in a
conference room and hash out their thoughts on the potential
merits of sports betting odds and the sports betting line on
a particular game. The line is then sent off to whatever
sportsbooks and online sportsbooks are aligned
with the sports betting odds makers that set these sports
From there the “wise guys” get first crack at the sports
betting odds and then the sports betting line is adjusted to
reflect the wise guys sports betting acts and then the
general sports betting public gets to make its sports wagers from that point on at online sports betting
sites or sportsbooks.
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