6 Odd Sports Gambling Strategies That Still Work

Odds Sports Gambling Strategies

I’ve tried 100’s of sports gambling strategies in my search to find a few that can help me win. I’ve developed some strategies and tested many strategies that I found others using.

Most sports betting strategies fail, and none of them work all of the time. The secret is finding the ones that can work and tweaking them a little bit to make them profitable. The six odd sports gambling strategies listed in this post can all be used to win.

Of course, you’re going to have to tweak each of them a little from time to time, but they can be used as a solid foundation for a winning sports betting model.

1. Home Team Moneyline

From the title of this section, the first thing you probably thought about was a home team favorite where you have to lay $200 or more to win $100. But what I mean when I say a home team on the moneyline is either a home underdog where you lay $100 to win more than $100 or a home favorite at – $150 or lower.

You can’t just bet on any home team that’s an underdog on the moneyline and make a profit.

So you still have to handicap games the right way and only bet when you find a game and line that offers value. But I like to find home underdogs and bet the moneyline because I don’t have to win as often as I do when betting on favorites to make a profit.

You can also find games where the home team is a slight favorite, or the moneyline is available at close to even money, where you can find value. Of course, home teams have an edge if everything else is equal, but as you know, everything else is never equal.

Look at every moneyline on the schedule where the home team is the underdog to see if you can find value.

2. Home Team Point Spread

Just like the information in the first section, home teams have an advantage that visiting teams don’t have. I rarely bet on road teams, but I do in particular situations. You will learn about one of these situations in section six of this post.

When I handicap games, the first thing I look for is home teams with the point spread.

Most of the home teams I bet on are underdogs, which I cover in the next section. But home favorites on the point spread can also have value.

While you can find value in any sport with home team favorite son the point spread, I find that the NBA and college football are the two areas where I find the most value. I’ve just about quit betting on home NFL favorites on the point spread because I don’t make a profit.

I admit that this is probably a hole in my handicapping skills, but I can make a profit elsewhere, so at least I’m not losing money through this hole anymore. If you identify a hole in your handicapping, don’t be stubborn. Either figure out how to fix the hole or work around the hole.

3. Home Team Underdogs

Home teams that are underdogs are my favorite place to look for value. Some weeks I don’t find many games that qualify, but some weeks I can place a lot of value wagers.

Please Note:
I already covered home team underdogs on the moneyline in the first section, so this section is about home teams getting points on the point spread.

You need to understand that when a home team is getting points, there’s a good reason for it. Sportsbooks know it’s dangerous t give points to a home team, so they don’t do it without a solid reason to do it.

Every time you see a home team getting points in any sport, you have to figure out why the sportsbooks set the line where they did. And then you need to determine if they made a mistake and if the mistake is big enough to make a bet valuable.

Most of the time, I can easily determine why the line is where it is, but I can’t always find value. The reason why I can’t always find value is because there’s not always value.

Never forget that there’s not value on each game. And you can’t force value where none exists.

4. Random Picks and Vig

I’m going to let you in on a secret that most gamblers never think about. The way most sports gamblers get started is by making a friendly wager with someone they know. Eventually, they get more serious and start making bigger bets with bookies or online sportsbooks.

Here’s the secret that you need to understand.
When you make point spread bets with friends or other people you know, you only have to win 50% of the time to break even. And you can win 50% of the time making random picks when you bet with people you know.

But you have to win over 52% of the time when you make point spread wagers with sportsbooks to break even.

The difference is the amount of vig you pay.
When betting with people you know, you don’t pay any vig like you do when betting with sportsbooks. Is it easier to make money when you can break even winning 50% of the time or 52% of the time? The answer is clearly 50%.

So what does this tell you? Make bets without vig as often as possible, and your overall returns will improve.

5. Wagering on a Middle

Here’s a trick I use when betting on games that doesn’t require any handicapping skill. When you use this trick, you’re taking advantage of the sports betting market instead of finding value in handicapping a game. When you wager on a middle, you place wagers on both sides of a game at different sportsbooks using different lines.

For example:
You see the following two lines at different sportsbooks.

  • Philadelphia + 5 ½ at Cleveland
  • Philadelphia + 6 ½ at Cleveland

You bet on Philadelphia and take the 6 ½ at the second sportsbook, and bet on Cleveland and give the 5 ½ at the first sportsbook. When Cleveland wins by six, you win both sides of the bet, and on any other score, you win one side of the bet and lose the other.

If you didn’t have to pay vig on the bets, this would be free money.

But even if you pay vig, you only have to win the middle one out of 20 times to make an average profit. And in my experience, when you find these situations, they pay off more than one out of 20 times on average.

6. Even Money Road Teams

I’ve spent most of this post talking about home teams, but there is a situation where you can find value on road teams sometimes. When you look at lines, sometimes you see each team listed with the same line, or at least close to the same line.

Please Note:
Both teams might be listed at – 110, or one team is at – 105, and the other is at – 107.

When I see a line like this, I always take a close look at the road team. The sportsbook is saying that the road team is slightly better than the home team with a line like this, but the home team is getting a little boost because they’re playing at home.

So the question is can the road team overcome the home field advantage? In games with even lines, the value is almost always on the road team if there’s value because the road team is better.

Games like these are easier to find someone to bet with that isn’t a sportsbook because you don’t have to worry about a point spread. All you have to do is find someone who’s willing to bet on the other team straight up.


When you’re looking for the best sports gambling strategies, you either have to try everything you can think of or find out what other gamblers are using. I’ve used both methods, but some of the best strategies are ones that nobody tells you about.

Just because a sports betting strategy looks odd doesn’t mean that it works, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t work either.

The six odd sports betting strategies in this post don’t work 100% of the time, but you can use them as a base for a winning strategy. And no strategy works 100% of the time, so it’s time to get to work to figure out how to win.


Rex Hoffman / Author

Rex Hoffman is a passionate sports writer, with over five years of experience covering sports journalism in line with the Vegas betting landscape. His favorite subjects include football, basketball, and baseball. As a Las Vegas resident, he enjoys finding an edge against the local sportsbooks and aims to share his extensive knowledge with both beginners and experienced bettors. Rex also dabbles in horse racing wagering and enjoys typical casino fare like blackjack and poker in his spare time.

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