Sports Betting Glossary Terms
Accumulator - A multiple bet wherein bettors make concurrent selections on several events. They use their first winnings as the bet on the subsequent event.
Ante post - Bets placed prior to a future event to predict the outcome of the event.
Betting line - A list or bulletin of upcoming games, including their point spreads.
Bookie - A diminutive for "bookmaker" or one who accepts bets.
Even money - A bet with a 1:1 odds.
Fixed game - A game whose results have been tampered with.
Fixed odds - The odds at the time you placed your bet is unchangeable, even when conditions fluctuate.
Handicap - A system used by bookmakers to make a betting proposition more attractive; also known as "spread".
In the money - A description of race horses that finish in the top three or four positions.
Limit - Minimum or maximum amount that a sports bettor can gamble.
Long odds - Odds given to a likely-to-lose competitor.
Margin - By how much an event participant finishes ahead of the next competitor.
Sports book - An individual, website, or establishment that accepts bets.
Tips - An expert's selections or predictions of a betting event; also known as "picks".