Single bets are the simplest and most common type of bet. A straight bet on the outcome of an event with returns determined based on the amount staked and the odds offered. Players bet on a single outcome of a match and win money if the result they choose occurs. Single bets generally fall into three categories:
- 1x2s (or Money lines in the US) – The odds that one team will beat another, or that the match will end in a draw.
- Totals (or Over/Under) – A bet on whether an outcome, such as the number of goals, is above or below a set number. For example, you might place a bet on 1.998 that three or fewer (under) goals will be scored in a game, and 1.998 that more than three goals will be scored.
- Handicaps (or Point Spread) – Betting on the handicap occurs when one team is favoured over their opponents. To counter the perceived bias in ability, bookmakers offer a handicap of points or goals to level the playing field. These points are then added to the game’s final score, and the winner is the team that wins with these additions.
A single bet can be modified into an each-way bet, to mitigate some risk by generating a return if the selection only finishes in a placing position.
Accepted anywhere that takes bets. Across all sports and countries this is the one bet you can always rely on being available.