Single bet: types and differences from other types of bets

Single bets in sports betting are bets that are strictly placed on 1 outcome, whether it’s the victory of one side or totals and handicaps. It’s clear that such a bet is much easier to calculate than all other types. It’s enough to simply multiply the amount wagered by the event’s odds, and that’s enough to understand what the outcome could be in case of a win.

Types of singles:

  1. Match outcome: This is a bet on who will win among the participants. If the rules allow, you can also bet on a draw outcome (for example, in tennis, it’s not allowed, but in football, it’s quite common).
  2. Double chance: Essentially, it’s a “bet against a draw”, meaning that there will be some winner, or that someone will not lose. It’s often abbreviated in the lines as “12”, “1X” (home team will not lose), “X2” (away team will not lose).
  3. Total: This is a bet on the total number of specific indicators for 1 game. Usually, goals scored (points scored, etc.) are taken by default, but there are also totals for corners, warnings, and so on. In any case, the bettor chooses between “over” (O) and “under” (U).
  4. Handicap: A bet on the victory of one participant with an advantage (or deduction) of a certain number of units (points, goals). There can also be handicaps not only for victory considering adjustments for goals, but also conditional leadership based on various statistical indicators.

Difference between a single bet and other types of bets:

Even in its name, “single” already indicates its main nuance. Comparing this type of bet with an accumulator, the difference lies in the number of events involved. In singles, the player always bets strictly on 1 outcome. If at least 2, and especially more events are added to the coupon, then it becomes an “accumulator”. In accumulators, the odds are multiplied, which makes such a multi-bet attractive. But there’s a downside: if one outcome is not predicted correctly, the entire chain is lost along with the amount risked.

From a “system,” a single bet also differs in the number of outcomes. After all, essentially, a “system” is one of the varieties of an “accumulator,” just with a specific, more complex, system of preparation and placement of bets, and a different calculation of winnings/losses, the advantage of which remains the right to make a mistake, or even more than one. In a system, bets can be placed on 10 or more outcomes at once. Whereas in a single bet, there is always only one option.

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