Definition of Will There Be Overtime?

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What does the betting term "will there be overtime?" mean in the world of sports betting? What is meant by the "will there be overtime?" line?

With the "will there be overtime?" betting line, you are simply betting on whether or not a game will go to overtime.

This line is used in any sport where overtime is used, such as basketball and hockey.

The King explains the meaning of the sports betting term Will There Be Overtime?.  In photo:  Basketball player Allen Iverson in the Philadelphia 76ers colours.Let's look at a real "will there be overtime?" line that was available for a NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

The "Will There Be Overtime?" line looked like this:

Will There Be Overtime?

Yes, +1600
No, -6000

So, if you bet on the game to go to overtime and you are correct, you will be looking at a massive payout. For every $1 that you wager, you will receive $1,600 in total profit.

On the other hand, the "no" side is a massive, massive favorite.

In fact, you would need to bet $6,000 in order to have a chance of winning just $100 in profit.


The "vig", or the amount that the sportsbooks make, on these wagers is monstrous, and they are not good bets.

After all, the book is paying out $1,600 in profit if the game does go to overtime, but requires a bet of $6,000 to make a miserly profit of just $100.

This is obviously not a winning bet over time, so you should keep that in mind if you think that these wagers are "free money".