Teasers Gambling Guide

Teasers Gambling Guide

What Is a Teaser?

A teaser bet is comparable to a parlay wager, in which you are betting on two or more straight bets that all must hit for you to cash your ticket. The distinction between a parlay and a teaser is that each individual line in a teaser has been adjusted in the bettor’s favor by the specific number of points of the teaser. That said, the sportsbooks are not giving you these points for free as your payout will be adjusted depending on how many points you’re buying and how many games you’ve added to the teaser. To oversimplify, a teaser allows two or more adjusted lines in the bettor’s favor at the expense of a lesser payout. Teasers can be used on point spreads, as well as the Over/Under.

You can find a variety of teaser cards depending on the sportsbook, but predominantly football games can be teased by 6, 6.5, 7, or 10 points and basketball games can be teased by 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 points.

Due to the mass volatility in college football and in basketball, SGG recommends only teasing NFL point spreads. The most common teaser when betting on the NFL is a 6-point teaser, in which you pick multiple spreads but buy six additional points on each line.

Let’s take a look at an example of a 6-point teaser:

Original Wager Options:
Chicago +3 vs. Seattle -3
Over/Under: 46

A 6-point teaser would adjust these lines to:
Chicago +9 vs. Seattle +3
Over 40 Under 52

The typical juice on a 6-point, two team football teaser is -110 ($11 to win $10)— the same price as a straight bet. The more points you buy, the less your payout will be, but adding more games to the slip will increase your payout.

How to place a teaser

Placing a teaser at an online sportsbook is more straightforward than in person at a casino. There are multiple ways to place a teaser bet at a casino, but the most common is by filling out a teaser card and handing it to the cashier. Another way would be to go up to the ticket writer and tell them how much you’d like to wager, how many points you want to tease and the lines of which you are teasing. This can get complicated because casinos offer live lines, which means when you hand the cashier your ticket, they might ask if you’re okay with the changes before they submit. You don’t have to accept the line changes and can decline your ticket.

Teasing on an online sportsbook is much simpler than in person as all you do is select the lines you want, select “teaser,” and choose the amount of points you want to tease.

Teaser Guidance

NEVER BET A TEASER THROUGH THE NUMBER 0. This is the biggest mistake you can make when wagering a teaser. Going from -3 to +3 limits your value gained as a push is a loss in a teaser bet and 90% of NFL games are decided by more than three points.

Try to go through as many significant numbers as possible when teasing. This means if a team is a -4.5 favorite and you are teasing 6 points to get to -10.5, you surpass -7 and -10, which are both significant football numbers. You want to pass at least two significant numbers when searching for a solid teaser.

As mentioned earlier, stay away from teasing college football and basketball games due to mass volatility. You will get the best bang for your buck teasing on NFL spreads.

What is a Pleaser?

A pleaser is the opposite of a teaser as instead of buying points, you are selling them for a larger payout.

Most sportsbooks pay in the range of 6-1 for a 6-point, two team football teaser.

Example of a 6-point pleaser:
Original Wager Options:
Chicago +3 vs. Seattle -3
Over/Under: 46

A 6-point pleaser would adjust these lines to:
Chicago -3  vs. Seattle -9
Over 52 Under 40

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