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How to bet on Sports

Sports betting can look and sound pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With some basic Odditude you can understand everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about setting up your account, odds and types of bets.

Sports betting can look and sound pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With some basic Odditude you can understand everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.

Sports betting can look and sound pretty intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With some basic Odditude you can understand everything you need to know but were afraid to ask about setting up your account, odds and types of bets.

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Set up your account in a snap

Get ready to have fun with sports betting in no time at all by joining the team. Start by selecting the “Join” button from the right hand side of the site navigation of the PlayNow.com website to sign up.

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Step 1

The action starts by choosing your welcome bonus. We currently offer up to $150 in matched deposits for sports betting. Then just provide your personal details (Name, address, birth date, email and phone number).

The action starts by choosing your welcome bonus. We currently offer up to $150 in matched deposits for sports betting. Then just provide your personal details (Name, address, birth date, email and phone number).

The action starts by choosing your welcome bonus. We currently offer up a $250 matched deposit offer for sports betting. Then just provide your personal details (Name, address, birth date, email and phone number).

Step 2

Secure your account by selecting your username (6-20 characters without symbols or special characters), picking a strong password, verifying it and choosing two security questions and answers.

Step 3

Now the exciting stuff, read the PlayNow player agreement, privacy note and consent to the terms and confirm that you have created your account for yourself. Once you've completed all those tasks, you can complete your sign up and get ready to bet. If you are having trouble completing the registration process, please contact our Customer Support Centre at 1-877-706-6789 or through a Live Chat on PlayNow and they will be happy to assist you.

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Fund your account

Before you can jump into the action, you have to make your first deposit. When you're signed in, you can mouseover your account in the right hand corner of your screen and bring up all the things you can do with your account.

Choose from 6 deposit methods

Use your Debit card or Credit credit for quick deposits or you select Interact Online, PayPal, Web Cash (available for purchase at your local Lotto retailer) or Online bill payment.

Choose from 5 deposit methods

Use your Debit card or Credit card for quick deposits, or you can select Interact Online, PayPal or Online bill payment to make a deposit.

Choose from 5 deposit methods

Use your Debit card or Credit card for quick deposits, or you can select Interact Online, PayPal or Online bill payment to make a deposit.

Enter your banking details

For any of the methods, follow the required banking or payment information and then make your first deposit. Once you've added funds to your account, you're ready to take the field and get started with your first bet.

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Odds

Odds are simply a way of determining what is likely to happen in any given event and how much you will potentially get if you're right. The odds you'll see on PlayNow.com when you first arrive, are decimal odds.

Decimal odds

Decimal odds are sports betting's easiest to understand and calculate. They work the same no matter which team you pick. The lower the value, the more likely the outcome. The higher the value, the less likely the outcome.

Calculating your potential payouts

To figure out your potential payout of a $10 bet on Kansas City at 1.36 odds, simply multiply your bet by that decimal value to get $3.60 plus your original $10 back for a total potential payout of $13.60. Want Detroit at 3.25? Since that is less likely to happen, your $10 bet multiplied by 3.25 will get a potential payout of $22.50 plus your original $10 bet.

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American odds

American odds may be what you see when you're watching the game or on social media from betting experts. In addition to value, American odds feature positive and negative values.

Understanding +'s and -'s

The plus sign indicates the team that is less likely to win or the underdog for the game. The minus indicates the team likely to win, or favourite. The lower the negative value, the higher the implied probability.

Calculating your potential payouts

American odds are generally calculated using $100 values, so a little simple math is involved if you are starting small (don't worry PlayNow.com does all of this math for you). Want to see your potential payout on the underdog? Divide your $10 bet by 100 and them multiply by 230 for your potential payout of $23 plus your original wager back. How about the favourite? Flip the calculation by taking your $10 bet, dividing it by 280 and multiplying it by 100 for a potential payout of $3.57. Easy right?

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Understanding favourites

In sports betting, we often talk about favourites and underdogs based on their predicted chances of winning. Favourites are expected to win and come with shorter odds. Betting on them to win, your potential payout will be, you guessed it, smaller.

Understanding underdogs

Underdogs are the opposite. They are not expected to win, so they have higher odds and a potential larger profit if they do win. In decimal odds anything less than 1.90 indicates a favourite, while anything greater is an underdog. While in American odds, underdogs usually have that + sign, there can be cases where you have the favourite at –115 and the underdog at –105.

Pick 'ems

A pick 'em scenario is when both teams are seen as having equal chances of winning and the bookmaker can't decide who the favourite is - so it's your pick. It means they are close to even for both, say if both teams had 1.90 in decimal odds or both were -110.

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Markets and Bet Types

Sports betting is made up of two parts, markets and bet types. You typically choose your market and then decide the bet you want to make on it.

Markets

Markets simply refer to a specific event or scenario you can bet on. Essentially what exactly you are betting on within a specific game. Different sports have different markets due to their unique aspects. These are what you are going to see when you arrive in the sports section of Playnow.com.

Bet types

While a bet type is the format or structure of the bet itself. This is all about defining how you are placing the bets, whether you are betting on just one outcome, combining multiple bets, betting live during the game or how your payouts are calculated.

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Money Line

Money Line is one of the simplest and most popular bets in sports betting because you're typically betting on is who will win a game or event - the score doesn't matter.

Point Spread

This is a bet not just on who will win, but by how much. A team must "cover the spread" for the bet to win. You may also hear this called Puck Line for hockey or Run Line for baseball.

Totals (often called Over/under)

With a 'Totals' or 'Over/Under' wager, you're not betting on any one team but typically on whether the combined total score of both teams will be over or under the number that's been set for the game. Wagering on this type of outcome is great when you're not sure who's going to win but have a sense of whether it's going to be a low or high scoring game overall.

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There are 4 primary ways to bet on sports

Single Bet

Single Bets are the simplest and most popular, and are exactly what they sound like, an individual bet placed on a single game or event. One bet on one outcome.

Parlay Bet

A Parlay Bet combines multiple outcomes from different events into one bet. Instead of different single bets. Parlay bets are all or nothing. If any of the selections in your Parlay Bet are settled as a Loss, then your bet doesn't win.

Same Game Parlay (SGP)

Think of your multiple outcome Parlay Bet, but this time instead of different events, your parlay is all related to one event or game.

Live Bet

Just because a game has already begun doesn't mean you've missed out on your chance to place a bet on it. With Live Betting, you can bet on games still in progress. Due to the fast pace of Live Betting, live odds are dynamically changing throughout the course of an event according to the action in the game.


How to bet on Football

It’s almost time for the biggest game in sports. Millions of fans will watch and many more will place bets on the Big Game and it’s nothing you need to be intimated about.

Football brings with it all the excitement and thrill of the game like no other sport. With millions of fans worldwide, betting on football has become another way to enhance the enjoyment of watching the game for fans.


In this guide we’ll teach you everything you need to know about:

✔ Where to bet

✔ What makes the Big Game so exciting

✔ How to bet on the Money Line, Point Spreads, Totals and Futures.

✔ How to bet on popular novelty bets everyone will be talking about

✔ How to get started

So are you ready for some football betting?



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Learn about the basics of betting on football in around two minutes

Betting on football doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you’re a beginner or even need a refresher course PlayNow’s own Dani Huntley is here to help.



When and where to watch the Big Game

Date & Time:

February 11, 2024
3:30PM PT / 5:30 CT

Where to watch

CTV, TSN or DAZN
 

Location:

Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas, Nevada


Where can I bet on football in Canada?

If you’re ready to bet on football, you’re probably asking yourself where you should bet? PlayNow is your safe, secure and regulated betting site to wager on football.

If you’re ready to bet on football, you’re probably asking yourself where you should bet? PlayNow is Manitoba’s own legal gambling site. It is a safe, secure, and regulated betting site to wager on football.

If you’re ready to bet on football, you’re probably asking yourself where you should bet? PlayNow is your safe, secure and regulated betting site to wager on football.

Plus, when you bet at PlayNow any revenue generated stays right here at home and supports many provincial and community organizations. The best bet of all is getting in on the excitement of the biggest game while supporting education, healthcare and your community.


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Three things that make football so exciting to bet on

The biggest game in sports

Football is one of the most popular sports on the planet, and its flagship Big Game is the biggest sporting event in North America. The spectacle of the Big Game brings a massive audience averaging nearly 200 million people around the world, in addition to the large audiences every Sunday during regular season.

Any given Sunday

Almost anything can happen in football. Even in the Big Game we’ve seen our fair share of underdogs triumphing over the favourites, not to mention come from behind excitement over the years.

More fun on and off the field

There's so much more to the game than just what's on the field. For the Big Game, football bettors can have fun placing novelty bets - all aspects of the game are up for grabs, including the halftime show, the coin toss outcome, or even the colour of the Gatorade in post-game celebrations.


Don’t forget to take some betting snack breaks

Football is fast paced and so is betting on sports. It’s easy to get swept up in the pace of the action, to enhance the excitement by placing bets on your favourite team or a promising matchup.

That’s why it’s important to take a break, step away from your computer or phone and go hit the wings and guac.

Learn more about safer gambling at GameSense.com

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Don’t forget to take some betting snack breaks

Football is fast paced and so is betting on sports. It’s easy to get swept up in the pace of the action, to enhance the excitement by placing bets on your favourite team or a promising matchup.

That’s why it’s important to take a break, step away from your computer or phone and go hit the wings and guac.

GameSense



Don’t forget to take some betting snack breaks

Football is fast paced and so is betting on sports. It’s easy to get swept up in the pace of the action, to enhance the excitement by placing bets on your favourite team or a promising matchup.

That’s why it’s important to take a break, step away from your computer or phone and go hit the wings and guac.

GameSense



Ways to bet on football

There are many ways to take part in the action before, during and even after the game.

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The Money Line: Who will win the game

The money line is the easiest way to bet on who you think will win and is one of the most popular ways to bet on the Big Game.

See Money Line odds


Reading the Money Line

  • The first thing you notice about the odds is the different values. The lower number represents the favourite, or the team that is expected to win the game. It’s a safer bet, but that comes with a lower potential payout depending on your bet.
  • The higher number shows the underdog or the team less likely to win but it comes with a higher potential payout.
  • To calculate your potential payout, simply multiply your wager by the decimal odds. A $10 bet on Kansas City with 1.36 odds would pay $3.60 plus your original $10 back for a total potential payout of $13.60.

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Team cities and odds mentioned are for illustration only.


The Point Spread: A bet on the margin of victory

Another popular way to bet is on the margin of victory, or the ‘point spread’ - not just who will win the game, but by how much. The point spread is about showing the potential margin of victory.

See Point Spread odds


Reading the Point Spread

  • The favourite is indicated by a minus (-) sign and the underdog is indicated by a plus (+) sign.
  • The decimal odds attached to the spread (1.90) show what you can potentially win the same way as with the money line by calculating your (wager) x (odds) to get your potential payout.
  • If you pick the favourite with a spread of -3.5, they have to win the game by four points or more to ‘cover’ that spread. If you choose the underdog at +3.5, your bet wins if that team wins the game or loses by three points or less.
  • When two teams are given the exact same odds of winning, it’s called a ‘Pick 'Em’. When this happens, both teams will have money line odds of 1.90, but the main point spread will no longer be available.

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Team cities and odds mentioned are for illustration only.


The Total: How many points are going to be scored?

The Total (also referred to as the Over/Under) is the projected total points scored by both teams. Your bet is on whether the final score (or the score in the quarter or half) will go over or under that total.

See Football Total odds


Reading the Total or Over/Under

  • In this example, the total is set at 47.5 points. If 48 or more points are scored, the game goes over.
  • If less than 47 points are scored, the game goes under.
  • The decimal odds attached to the total (1.86) show what you can potentially win, the same way as with the point spread or money line.
  • Most of the time you’ll see the line for totals set with that half-point. In rare cases the total will be set to a precise number and the score can match the total perfectly. When this happens all total bets are called a ‘push’ and everyone gets their money back.

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Team cities and odds mentioned are for illustration only.


Know your Odditudes:

Need to learn more of the basics of odds and betting? You can get more detail on how the odds work and bet types here.



More ways to bet on football

Live

Live Betting

Follow the excitement of the game in real time by betting on live money lines and point spreads during the game. Since these bets are live, odds change as fast as the action on the field.


Props

Player Props

You can bet on your favourite player to score 1+ or 2+ touchdowns. You can also wager on which player will score the first touchdown of the game, and which player will have the most passing or rushing yards.

Futures

Futures

Bet on the season’s league MVP or even bet on which team you think will win next season’s championship as soon as this year’s winner in the Big Game is crowned.



Novelty Bets: The most fun way to bet on the Big Game

Even without knowing the teams, you can bet on iconic pop culture moments that will make watching more fun. Here are some of our favourite Novelty bets.


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Gatorade Colour

Since 2001 orange has been the preferred Gatorade colour of choice, dumped five times (22.7%) on the coach while red has not won once. Blue has been the most frequent colour since 2015, at four times. Is it finally red’s year?

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Coin Toss

Before the Big Game there is a ceremonial coin toss to determine which team will kick and receive to start the game. In the last 10, heads have gone 6-4 versus tails. Which side of the coin takes it this year?

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Price of Bitcoin

You can also wager on if the price of Bitcoin goes up or down during the game. You can bet on the price to go up during the game, and if the price is higher at the end of the game than it was at kickoff, you’re a winner.


How to bet on football in Canada with PlayNow

Getting into the action with PlayNow is as easy as a quarterback shouting “Hut hut hut.”

Get started on PlayNow in five easy steps


  1. Pick your bonus and share your details
  2. Secure your account
  3. Read the player agreement and privacy note
  4. Fund your account
  5. Visit your My Promotions page to see current offers

Once you’ve completed these steps, you are on your way to betting on football. Want more details? Follow our guide to setting up your account and making a deposit.


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Team cities and odds mentioned are for illustration only.