Margin Bet

Do you want to know what a margin bet is? A margin bet is a bet on the winning margin of an event between two teams. Typically, margin bets are offered on AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Netball and Basketball games.

A margin bet may be between a “band” or a range of points like between 1-5 or 6-10. A margin bet may also be between increments of 10 points like between 1-10 or 10-20. A margin bet may also be Big Win Little Win or the exact number of points like 1, 2 or 3. A margin bet may also be available for a given quarter or half.

Odds makers usually lists the team and the margin with the corresponding odds.

Here's a margin bet Big Win Little Win example for an AFL match:

Sydney Swans 1-39 7.00   Western Bulldogs 1-39 2.40
Sydney Swans 1-39 7.00   Western Bulldogs 1-39 2.40
Sydney Swans 40+ 61.00   Western Bulldogs 40+ 1.91
Draw 101.00

If you select the Sydney Swans with their winning margin at 1-39 and they beat the Western Bulldogs within that margin, your $10 stake would return $70.00 in winnings. On the other hand, if you select the Western Bulldogs to win against the Swans with a margin of 40+ and the Bulldogs pull it off, your $10 stake would return $19.10.

When a Draw or Tie option is offered for margin betting, it will exclude any extra time that might be played.

Here's a margin bet (10pt) example for an NRL match:

Brisbane Broncos 1-10 2.79   Sydney Roosters 1-10 2.93
Brisbane Broncos 11-20 5.65   Sydney Roosters 11-20 6.60
Brisbane Broncos 21-30 18.75   Sydney Roosters 21-30 20.50
Brisbane Broncos 31-40 51.00   Sydney Roosters 31-40 67.00
Brisbane Broncos 41-50 78.00   Sydney Roosters 41-50 151.00

If you select the Brisbane Broncos to win against the Sydney Roosters with a 10-point margin between 41-50 and the Broncos pull it off, your $10 stake would return $780! Meanwhile, if you select the Sydney Roosters with the winning 10-point margin between 1-10 and they beat the Broncos within that margin, your $10 stake would return $26.30 in winnings.

Here's a margin bet (exact) example for the first half of an NBA game:

Golden State Warriors by 1 17.00   Tie 17.00   Los Angeles Lakers by 1 17.00
Golden State Warriors by 2 15.00 Los Angeles Lakers by 2 17.00
Golden State Warriors by 3 19.00 Los Angeles Lakers by 3 18.00
Golden State Warriors by 4 19.00 Los Angeles Lakers by 4 10.00
Golden State Warriors by 5 19.00 Los Angeles Lakers by 5 21.00

If you select the Golden State Warriors to win the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers by exactly 5 points and the game goes into half time with the Warriors holding a 49 – 44 lead, you win the bet. With odds of 19.00, a $10 stake would win $190.00. On the other hand, if you select the Lakers to win the first half of the game by a point, and they're up 50 – 49 at half time, you win the bet. With odds of 17.00, your $10.00 stake would win $170.00.

Remember, quarter or half-time margin bets are for the specified half or quarter only, it will not include other quarters or the other half of the game.

Truly, margin bets offer a thrilling variation to betting on a game. It adds more opportunities to win in a single game than just betting on the outright winner.


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