Soccer is the most popular sport worldwide, and you can easily bet on soccer in the Garden State. There are soccer matches every day all over the world, and it’s good to know exactly how to place a bet.
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How to Bet on Soccer in New Jersey
There are several different ways to bet on soccer, including betting on the 3-way Moneyline, the 2-way moneyline, or betting on the goal line (also known as betting on the spread).
But before you bet on soccer in New Jersey, you’ll need to sign up for a regulated online or mobile sportsbook app. Among the authorized sportsbooks in New Jersey are DraftKings, William Hill, FanDuel, Borgata, Hard Rock, BetMGM, PointsBet, FoxBet, and 888 online sportsbooks.
Betting the 3-Way Moneyline
As 3-way suggests, there are three options to bet the 3-way moneyline:
- Team 1 wins
- Team 2 wins
- Team 1 and Team 2 tie
Three-way moneylines are solely graded on 90 minutes of play, known as “Regular Time.”
The 90 minutes can include any time the game stops for an injury, as well as time added by the referee. But Regular Time does not include penalty shootouts or overtime.
For example, Germany played Argentina during the 2014 World Cup Final and the closing 3-way moneyline was:
- Argentina +255
- Germany +130
- Draw +230
Germany and Argentina tied, 0-0, after 90 minutes of regular play, which meant the Tie +230 cashed out. Any bets on Germany or Argentina lost, even though Germany finally won during extra time play.
Betting the 2-Way Moneyline
Another way to bet on soccer is the 2-way moneyline, which is offered in two variations, Draw No Bet and Double Chance. Both ways are solely graded on 90 minutes of regular play.
Draw No Bet is a bet that does away with the possibility of a draw completely. That means the only two options are:
- Team 1 wins
- Team 2 wins
Since the option of a draw is eliminated, the odds are often elevated on the favorite.
- Argentina +150
- Germany -200
If the match ends in a draw during regular play, then all wagers are refunded. That is what happened during the 2014 World Cup Final since the game was a draw after 90 minutes.
Double Chance is betting on one team to win or draw, or either team to win. The three possible Double Chance results are:
- Team 1 wins or draws
- Team 2 wins or draws
- Team 1 wins or Team 2 wins
- Argentina/Draw -165
- Germany/Draw -215
- Germany/Argentina -200
For each bet on soccer, you’re simply eliminating one of the results.
Betting Goal Lines (also known as Spreads)
The Goal Line is similar to betting the 2Way Moneyline, in that it eliminates at least one outcome. Goal Line bets are similar to Puck Line bets in hockey or point spreads in basketball or football.
A Goal Line in soccer is usually -0.5 goals; however, for matches with big-name favorites, the Goal Line could be as high as -1.5 or -2.5.
As an example, Goal Line odds for a World Cup match between Iran and Argentina could look like this:
- Iran +2.5 goals (-120)
- Argentina -2.5 goals (+110)
When dealing with goal lines, there’s always some associated juice, like an NBA or NFL spread.
For example, if you bet on Argentina -2.5 goals, in order to win the wager Argentina needs to win by three or more goals. On the other hand, if you bet on Iran +2.5 goals, to win the bet Iran can win, lose or tie by one or two goals.
The Asian handicap is a type of point spread that splits your bet on soccer between two different bets, such as -1.5 and -2. In that case, if your team wins by two, you’ll break even. However, if they win by three, you win both bets.
Soccer Betting Totals
In soccer, totals work differently than they do in other sports. Totals can be shown in multiples of .25 goals. Since scoring in soccer is nominal compared to other sports, bookmakers often will set a total of 2.25, 2.5 or 2.75.
As an example, if you bet on the Over 2.25 goals, half your wager is placed on “Over 2” and the other half is placed on “Over 2.5”.
If the game ends in a draw, you’ll lose your bet on Over 2.5, but will be refunded on your Over 2 bet. If the match ends with three or more goals, you’ll win both your bets.
On the other hand, if you bet on Under 2.75 goals, half of your wager will be placed on Under 2.5 goals and the other half on Under 3 goals. If the game ends on three, you’ll lose your Under 2.5 bet and be refunded the Under 3 bet.
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