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An over-under or over/under bet is a wager in which a sportsbook will predict a number for a statistic in a given game (usually the combined score of the two teams), and bettors wager that the actual number in the game will be either higher or lower than that number. For example, in Super Bowl XXXIX, most Las Vegas casinos set the over-under for the score of the game at 46.0. A bettor could wager that the combined score of the two teams would be either more than or less than that number (as it happened, the combined score was 45, so anyone who had bet the under won).

Statistics

Though this bet is most commonly made with the combined score of the two teams, many other statistics can be used, including:

  • A team’s win-loss record for the season
  • In football, a player’s or team’s total rushing yards or attempts, first down conversions, third down conversions, interceptions, completions, etc.
  • In basketball, a player’s or team’s total assists, blocks, turnovers, steals, field goal percentage, etc.
  • In baseball, a player’s or team’s total number of home runs, RBI, etc.

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