Definition of Over

What does the term "over" mean in the world of sports betting? What is the definition of the term "over"?

In sports betting, you will often have the opportunity to bet on a game's "total".

For instance - let's say that the Denver Broncos are playing the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. The sports books set the "total" at 46.5 points.

Definition of the term Over - Sports Betting DictionarySo, if you feel as though the two teams will combine for MORE than 46.5 points, you would want to take the OVER. The bet is simply this - you are wagering that the two teams will score more than 46.5 points in the game. If they do, you win.

On the other hand, if Denver ends up beating Seattle 17-10, the total for the game would be just 27 points and you would lose your wager.


Let's take a look at one more example - let's say that Real Madrid is playing Barcelona in La Liga action.

One of the lines for the game might look like this:

Over 2.5 goals, 1.75
Under 2.5 goals, 2.50

So, if you take the OVER and the two teams score 3 goals or more, you would win your wager. If Real Madrid ended up winning 1-0, you would lose your wager.