What is a sports betting line?


In this article, we will discuss what a sports betting line is. Let us analyze the basic concept of this term and narrower meanings, we will disassemble the line into its constituent elements. Let's talk about what the opening and closing lines are, how they are formed. Let's get acquainted with the fundamentals of the principles by which all bookmakers in the world work. Complaints about the volume are not accepted, because it will be interesting.

What is a line in sports betting

In the broadest sense, it is the entire set of betting options and outcomes that the bookmaker offers. This is the first thing that you see when you go to the website of the bookmaker's office - part of the line right on the main page of the site. As a rule, the most popular events and markets that the bookmaker offers are located there.


This is the line, or rather, its visible part. In the center of the event from the live line, on the left is the list of sports offered in the line. If you scroll down, there will be a prematch line, which was formed by the bookmaker. Sometimes only pre-match offers are called a line, that is, outcomes for matches that have not yet begun. The stable phrase "line bet" means that the bet was made in a prematch, before the start of the game.

In a narrower sense, this is what the bookmakers offer for a separate match. That is, the entire set of outcomes offered for the event is called the line for the match. It is also sometimes called a painting for a match, but in general, these are slightly different things.


This is the line that the bookie suggested for a tennis match. Also, sometimes they also distinguish between the main line and the painting. The main line is the main outcomes - wins, main handicaps and totals. As a rule, they are displayed on the event page, and by clicking you can get into the event list, which sometimes contains up to one and a half to two thousand bet options.


That is, the main line of the event is highlighted with a rectangular marker, and a button for switching to a full list, in which you can find 1,483 options for a bet, with an oval marker.


Another stable term is equal line. These are markets containing opposite outcomes, the odds of which are equal or very close. In this example, the quotes of the main handicaps and totals for a basketball game.

Perhaps these are all the meanings of the word "line" that can be heard in the context of sports betting. Now let's break down the line into its component parts.

Elements of bookmaker lines

Sports in BC lines


One of the main elements of the bookmaker's lines is a list of sports on which it is suggested to place bets. As a rule, it is located on the left side of the bookmaker's website. Large bookmakers offer betting on 30-40 disciplines, among which you can even find such exotic things as squash, cricket, beach volleyball or dog racing.