# What happens if you bet \$100 on a +140 money line?

The key to keep in mind is that payouts are constant regardless of how much you bet. That's why point differentials don't usually apply to these sports and money lines are the easiest way to do it. In any case, the bettor must estimate that San Francisco's chances of winning are higher than the 79.16% mentioned above in order to place a bet with a positive expectation (+EV). However, sports such as the NFL, college football, the NBA, and NCAA basketball also have a lot of money line bets.

The math is simple and it's a bet amount that isn't too far-fetched for the average person when they feel safe. You should familiarize yourself with the averages of these star players and what are the possible matches for the games you want to bet on. While the point spread doesn't directly affect money line bets, it contains valuable information you can use to decide who to bet on and the value you should get for it. You might win occasionally by backing the underdogs, but the mentality of betting only on teams that aren't favorites is a disaster about to happen.

The lower the probability of winning (and the higher the risk), the higher the potential payout of the money line. The simplest example would be to put into play the money line of a favorite and high-scoring team with the over in the game total. It's not as simple as betting on the good teams to beat the bad ones because the payouts on the money line reflect the situation. When considering whether to bet a money line, one must find out the implied probability of the market and determine what the bettor's estimated probability is relative to that number.

NFL football betting is unique compared to other major professional sports due to the nature of the schedule. Moneyline odds are very popular with new sports bettors because you are simply choosing which side will win. Bettors should analyze daily matchups to see if there is a disparity in odds from previous games, as these numbers will move once the market has a chance to react. Most baseball bets by default are “listed pitchers”, meaning that the bet is canceled if the listed pitchers do not throw the first pitch for their teams.

When you're done, you'll have no trouble not only reading the bet lines, but also understanding how to get the best value out of this fundamental bet.

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