After point spreads, money lines are the second most popular way to bet on a game. They can be placed on any sport, but are especially popular in baseball and hockey, where games often are decided by one run or one goal. In addition to the standard money line, you can also bet on individual player over/unders, called “player props,” which have grown in popularity. These bets aren’t tied to the final score, and are based on factors such as weather conditions, batting averages, fielding percentages and more.
While the NFL hasn’t officially taken a position on sports betting, any player, coach or team official affiliated with a franchise cannot place a bet while in uniform. Those who work for the NBA, including the WNBA, G-League and Basketball Africa League, are also prohibited from placing bets on any league event while in uniform. In addition, players must sign a statement acknowledging the league’s gambling rules in order to be eligible for a contract.
Futures odds are long-term betting odds that focus on events that may happen in the future, such as who will win a particular division or championship weeks or months in advance. They can be placed on any sport, and are often based on subjective factors such as the quality of a player’s past performances or historical trends. Those who place futures bets can expect to see higher payouts than those who place regular money lines and over/unders.