What is a Prop Bet?

Prop Bet Explained

Prop bets are a unique way to bet compared with the standard, as they relate to a specific player or team or even to some particular aspect of a game.

Player props are linked to how well or poorly an individual player performs during a match. The prop bet is not directly tied to the final score or outcome of a game. Looking at the betting markets, everything apart from the point spread, total and moneyline can be categorized as a prop bet. For instance, total passing yards by a player, which player will score the first touchdown, coin toss result and so on.

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One of the reasons why props have become so popular is that they do add an additional action to a game and are sometimes easier to get value compared with very efficient markets like point spreads. Always check our odds comparison tool, which is all our picks to find the best prices, as there are many variations operator by operator when it comes to prop bets odds.

Where Can I Bet Props?

Every legal sportsbook will have a wide selection of prop bets for every game. BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers and others are all competing to offer the highest numbers of props. Some props will be listed immediately when you click the game, while others will be in a separate menu, either way, they will be straightforward to locate.

Why Bet Props?

There are two main reasons why prop bets are becoming so popular. The first one is that they do provide additional action. If you are not satisfied with wagering on the final result of a game, props allow you to stay involved during almost every play. Of course, you might fail in predicting who will eventually win the game, but you could still win props if you are right about the performances of a player or a team during the match. The second reason is that props are exploitable.

With some good math and experience, you can get the better of many prop markets. Since betting limits are low for these props, books are not too motivated to do the extra work to get the lines always right. A great advantage about being a player is that you don’t need to take every wager, while they do! By specializing in a certain type of prop, the opportunity to beat the books increases as they have the challenge of trying to get hundreds of lines as accurate as possible while you just focus on one or two.

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John Pentin
John was born and raised in London, John has always been in love with American sports. He started to write football articles back in 2006 on his own blog and has also worked for several newspapers. John other passion was betting and has worked as a trader for several top sports book in the UK. As sports trader and has joined leading UK betting tipping site BettingTips4You in 2013 and he is now head of content. He has a great passion for US Sports so hasn't wasted the opportunity to write also for NewJerseySafeBetting, now that online sportsbetting has been legalized in the state.