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Prop Bets – Are They a Worthy Proposition Or a Money Drain?

Prop bets can be exploited in the favor of a sharp bettor just as any bet can, but don’t spend a lot of time doing so. They exist solely to add to the bottom line of the book, not to give you another opportunity to profit. While they make books tons of money, especially during the Superbowl, they can be fun (if not a little silly).

A prop bet looks something like this:

Will Terrell Owens Score The First Touchdown?
No (-160)
Yes (+130)

Many professionals have definite sports betting systems in place for certain prop bets, but the majority of the proposition bets offered for a game should be passed up. There isn’t a betting system in existence for guessing which side of the coin the toss lands on. Passing up these bets will keep you in the sports betting game a lot longer.

These proposition bets are very popular in football betting:

Will Either Team Score In The First 8 Minutes?

What’s the motivation of either offense after two consecutive weak performances? If you have an instance where two teams are playing each other who have both had next to no offense in the previous two games, consider this prop. One of those teams is pretty likely to score in the first 8 minutes of the game. This is an especially good bet where the two teams playing each other have decent offenses but have underperformed for two consecutive weeks.

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Will The First Score Of The Game Result In A Field Goal Or A Touchdown?

This is a prop bet that might seem like a good bet but it takes more than the usual research to decide if this prop bet is worth your time or not. With a proposition bet like this, look for inclement weather conditions. Contrary to what you might think, more touchdowns are scored in heavy rains than field goals are kicked. The better option in a game like this would be to take the touchdown.

Total Points For individual Team

This prop bet is one of the sharp bettors favorites. The research for this bet isn’t as out of the ordinary as some of the other analysis you would have to dig up for other props. Factors like opposing defense, playoff motivation, overall health of the team, and others all play into your decision to play this one or pass.

There are other more exotic proposition bets, but they should be considered for entertainment purposes only.

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