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What Is The Definition Of Wager In Sports Betting?

1. A wager in sports betting refers to the amount of money risked on a specific outcome of a sporting event to receive a payout if that outcome occurs. The bettor loses that money wagered if the outcome does not come to fruition. 

Bettors can wager on a number of outcomes, such as game winners, points scored, passing yards, field goals, aces, and end-of-season winners. 

What Is The Difference Between A Wager And A Bet?

In sports betting, a wager refers to the amount of money risked on an outcome, while a bet refers to both the action of placing a wager and, informally, the money risked. Because of the similarities, the two can be used synonymously in the world of sports betting. 

Outside of formal betting, however, a bet is often used to describe an agreement between two parties to give or receive a specific amount of money based on the outcome of an event. For example, two friends might bet $10 on the winner of the Super Bowl; the friend who bet on the winner would receive $10 from the friend who bet on the opposite outcome.

Formalized betting requires the wager to be held once the bettor places the bet. In this sense, the informal use of the word “bet” is not synonymous to a wager.

How Does Betting A Wager Work?

Betting a wager involves formally placing a bet on an outcome of a sporting event. Several types of bets exist, as well as several different types of outcomes on which to wager. 

Upon choosing the type of bet (such as a single wager), the type of outcome (such as a point spread), and the desired outcome (covering the point spread), one must formally wager an amount of money to receive the payout from success. The payout amount varies based on the odds of the event occurring. 

What Is The Difference Between A Wager Amount And A Risk Amount?

In order to place a bet, a bettor must acknowledge the odds. As mentioned, the odds, or risk, determine the payout amount. In American sports betting, the odds will indicate how much must be “risked” in order to win $100 on top of the risked amount back, called a money-line or American odds. 

American odds will not always match up perfectly to (-100). In these situations, one must risk more than $100 to win a $100 wager. For instance, if the odds are at (-110), a bettor must risk $110 to receive a $100 payout. 

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