Various abbreviations and terms are often used in predictions for sports matches. These abbreviations are also found in the lines of bookmakers. And for many newbies, these terms are incomprehensible. In this article, we will provide a breakdown of all the basic terms and abbreviations found in sports betting.
Match outcome betting
In the bookmaker’s line, bets on the main outcome are usually designated “1×2”. This is how abbreviations in this line stand for:
- W1 – victory of the first team;
- x – draw;
- P2 – victory of the second team;
- 1x – the first team will not lose;
- x2 – the second team will not lose;
- 12 – either team wins or there is no draw.
In cup matches, for example in the Champions League playoffs, the following terms are used – team 1 will advance or “pass 1”. This means that according to the results of all matches of the stage, including possible extra time and penalties, Team 1 will advance to the next stage.
In hockey, bets like “W1 OT” are often encountered – this is the victory of the first team, taking into account overtime. If regular time in a hockey match ends in a draw, then overtime is played.
Bookmakers often give a small coefficient for favorites. And in order to equalize the odds in the line, bets are given on the handicap. The odds can be both positive and negative. In fact, this is the goal difference with which the match will be won. They are designated as follows:
- H1 (-1.5) – team 1 wins with a handicap of -1.5 goals;
- H2 (+1.5) – team 2 wins with a handicap of +1.5 goals.
Handicaps can be integer and half. The number of goals, with the difference between which the victory in the meeting should be won, is indicated in brackets. In the games of favorites against obvious outsiders, this value can go up to 4.5-5 goals.
Separately, it is worth highlighting the zero handicap, it is denoted by F1 (0). It means that if the team wins, the bet wins, but if the match ends in a draw, then the bet is calculated as a refund.
As a rule, bets on totals are made on goals. But often there are bets on parties, for example, volleyball or tennis sets. They have the following designations:
- TB (2.5) – more than 2.5 goals will be scored in the match;
- TM (2.5) – less than 2.5 goals will be scored in the match.
The number of goals scored / played sets on which bets are placed is indicated in brackets. In the case of goals, the totals can be integer, for example, TB (3).
Individual total bets
Most often, these bets are found in football and hockey:
- ITB1 (1.5) – team 1 will score more than 1.5 goals;
- ITM (1.5) – Team 2 will score less than 1.5 goals.
As in the case of regular totals, you can place bets on individual totals on both integer and half values. The number of goals is indicated in brackets.
As a rule, bets are placed on football goals. They have the following decoding:
- OZ – yes: both teams will score at least one goal. Often meets simply the designation “OZ”.
- OZ – no: at least one of the teams will not be able to score a goal.
You can also place bets on a goal of a specific team. In this case, it will look like this: “Team 1 will score – yes” or “Team 1 will score – no”.