Definition of Cover

In the context of gambling, the most popular use of ‘cover’ is in sports betting, and it means to make good on a bet.

More specifically, cover usually refers to a point spread win. If a team were a 3-point favorite, which means that the bettor would spot the opponent three points, the favorite would need to win by four or more to cover the spread.

Definition of Cover - Sports Betting DictionaryThe term cover also refers to a full cover bet, which is a form of parlay. The distinction between a parlay and a full cover bet is that the cover must account for all available combinations, within context, rather than just two or more.