Betting Guide For Sports

Whether you're playing for fun, or taking your chances at winning real money, BlackStarBets sportsbook has a wide variety of sports betting options guaranteed to provide non-stop excitement year-round.

To help you get jump started, we've created this handy online "betting guide" with sports betting description, wager rules and tips that'll help you make the best, most informed betting choices!

Straight Wagers

All straight bets pay 110/100 unless otherwise specified.

A straight bet is a wager on one team to win or a total to go over or under, whose outcome for wagering purposes is determined by a point spread and/or money line odds.

Straight bets are used in all sports, including circled games.

Let's take a few moments to discuss 'lines' or 'odds'. The most common line is a money line. In football and basketball there is also a point spread line.

The money line is simple: it's the money you have to place on the favorite to win $100. The favorite is the team the odds makers think will win.

For both the money line and the point spread, the favorite is identified by a negative sign (-).For example: -155 in a money line and -5 in a point spread. So, this means that if you bet on the money line you bet $155 to win $100, and only the team you are betting on has to win.

If you bet on the point spread, you usually bet $110 to win $100, but in this case the team you are betting on has to win by one or more points than the point spread.

The team that is not favored is called the underdog, and it is identified by a plus sign (+) or no symbol at all.

In the previous example, the favorite was -155. In a standard line the comeback - or the underdog, would be +145. This is called a dime line or 10 cent line. This is the most common line used. If the difference between the lines is more than 10, it is called a wide line. In this case you have to bet $100 to win $145, and only the team you bet on has to win. In the point spread, the favorite was -5, so the underdog would be +5. With point spreads, the number of points is always the same. You only need to change the -/+ sign. So, this means you will need to bet $110 to win $100, but your team can lose by up to 4 points and you still win. If your team loses by 5 points you push, and they now have to lose by 6 points for you to lose the game.

Here is a quick summary of straight bet rules:

  • If you bet on the favorite in a money line, you risk more to win less, but only the favorite needs to win.
  • If you bet on the underdog in a money line, you risk less to win more, but the underdog needs to win.
  • If you bet on the favorite in a point spread, the favorite has to win by more points than in the spread.
  • If you bet on the underdog in a point spread, the underdog can lose by one less point than the point spread for you to win.

To make a straight bet on the side of a game

To do this, make your sport and team selection by checking the appropriate boxes. Make sure you've clicked on the 'Straight' button at the top of the page. You are allowed to make as many straight bets as you want. Select your wager amount and click SUBMIT. Your bet will be confirmed shortly after.

To make a straight bet on the total of a game to go over or under

This is very similar to making straight bets on the sides. Make your sport and team selection and click on either OVER or UNDER under the 'Totals' column. Choose your wager amount and click on PLACE BET. Your bet will be confirmed shortly.

To confirm or change a bet, go to the 'Risk Amount' field and enter in a dollar amount. The new Lays/Gets amounts will be shown on the next screen. Enter your password and click on CONFIRM. The system will then display all confirmed bets with 'Accepted' status. If any lines changed, these will appear here as well.

Only bets with 'Accepted' status will be honored. If you receive any other status, you will have to re-enter and re-confirm your bets. If you enter in an incorrect password, you will have to re-enter all your information.

Please note: before you log out of BlackStarBets.com, we always recommend reviewing your betting status in the CURRENT BETS section. If your bet does not appear here, click on Refresh/Reload. If your bet still does not show up, this means your bet was not placed or confirmed properly and no bet exists. BlackStarBets.com will not honor any bet unless it has been confirmed and recorded in our system.

Parlays

Parlay payouts are as follows:

2 teams pays 13/5
3 teams pays 6/1
4 teams pays 10/1
5 teams pays 20/1
6 teams pays 40/1
7 teams pays 70/1
8 teams pays 100/1

Note: In the case of a tie or 'No Action', the parlay is reduced to the next lower number of teams. In the case of a 2-team parlay, it becomes a straight bet.

A parlay wager consists of picking teams or totals and combining them together into a single play, or wager, creating only one risk. Parlays then, are basically a collection of straight bets. The trick to parlays is that all your straight bets must win for you to win your bet, however the payout is much better. You can combine any sport as long as it is not a circled game.

Payout is determined by the number of teams in your parlay, but this can be changed if any team in the parlay has a money line.

If you like to risk less to win more, then parlays are for you.

For example: Let's say you bet $100 on the Jets. You risk $110 to win $100 (the juice on a straight bet is 10%). Then you place a separate $100 bet on the Cowboys. Again, you risk $110 to win $100. That's $220 to win $200. If you had bet the same $200 in a 2-team parlay you would have the chance to win $520!

Note: in football or basketball the parlay payouts are set, but if you add in money lines the payouts vary. In baseball, the maximum parlay payout is 100/1.

Placing Parlays

Make your sport and team selection by checking the appropriate boxes. Make sure that you click on the PARLAY button on the top of the page. Next, choose the sides and totals you want to wager. You can pick between 2 and 10 teams. Enter in your wager amount and click on SUBMIT. Your parlay bet will be confirmed shortly after.

To confirm or change a bet, go to the 'Risk Amount' field and enter in a dollar amount. The new Lays/Gets amounts will be shown on the next screen. Enter your password and click on CONFIRM. The system will then display all confirmed bets with 'Accepted' status. If any lines changed, these will appear here as well.

Only bets with 'Accepted' status will be honored. If you receive any other status, you will have to re-enter and re-confirm your bets. If you enter in an incorrect password, you will have to re-enter all your information.

Please note: before you log out of BlackStarBets.com, we always recommend reviewing your betting status in the CURRENT BETS section. If your bet does not appear here, click on Refresh/Reload. If your bet still does not show up, this means your bet was not placed or confirmed properly and no bet exists. BlackStarBets.com will not honor any bet unless it has been confirmed and recorded in our system.

Teasers

Football 6 Pts. 6½ Pts. 7 Pts.
Basketball 4 Pts. 4½ Pts. 5 Pts.
2 Teams 11/10 12/10 13/10
3 Teams 9/5 8/5 3/2
4 Teams 3/1 5/2 2/1
5 Teams 9/2 4/1 7/2
6 Teams 7/1 6/1 5/1
7 Teams 8/1 7/1 6/1

Note: In the case of 'No Action' or a tie on any game in a 3-team teaser or more, the teaser automatically reverts down to the next lower number of teams. Any 2-team teaser with a winner and a tie, or 'No Action' is considered a tie. Any loss in a teaser is a loss.

Teasers are your chance to be a big time line mover. A teaser lets you move the line a set amount in your favor. This is called 'teasing' and is only allowed in a point spread bet - so only in football and basketball.

Example:
In a football teaser, you get 6 points on each part of your wager.

6 points teaser New Line
Cowboys -7 1/2 +6 -1 1/2
Broncos +3 1/2 +6 +9 1/2

Here, the Cowboys only have to win the game by at least 2 points, whereas before they would've had to win by at least 8 points. As with parlays, both teams have to win for your teaser to win.

Now, thanks to the teaser, the Broncos can lose by 9 and you can still win. If the Cowboys win by 2, and the Broncos lose by 6 - you win your teaser. If the Cowboys win by 2, and the Broncos lose by 14 - you lose your teaser.

Teasers must be at least 2 teams, with up to 7 teams. All teams must win for you to win.

Placing teasers
Make your sport and team selection by checking the appropriate boxes. Make sure you click on the 'Teaser' button. Next, select the sides and totals you want to wager. You can choose between 2 and 7 teams. Enter in the amount you want to wager and click on SUBMIT. Your bet will be confirmed shortly after.

To confirm or change a bet, go to the 'Risk Amount' field and enter in a dollar amount. The new Lays/Gets amounts will be shown on the next screen. Enter your password and click on CONFIRM. The system will then display all confirmed bets with 'Accepted' status. If any lines changed, these will appear here as well.

Only bets with 'Accepted' status will be honored. If you receive any other status, you will have to re-enter and re-confirm your bets. If you enter in an incorrect password, you will have to re-enter all your information.

Please note: before you log out of BlackStarBets.com, we always recommend reviewing your betting status in the CURRENT BETS section. If your bet does not appear here, click on Refresh/Reload. If your bet still does not show up, this means your bet was not placed or confirmed properly and no bet exists. BlackStarBets.com will not honor any bet unless it has been confirmed and recorded in our system.

Buying Points

Here are the rules for buying points:

1/2 point - you lay 120/100
1 point - you lay 130/100
1 1/2 points - you lay 140/100
2 points - you lay 150/100
2 1/2 points - you lay 160/100
3 points - you lay 170/100

Note: when buying on, off or through 3 in football, there is an additional 10% charge.

Special Teasers

Football
3 Teams 10 Points 6/5
4 Teams 13 Points 13/10

Basketball
3 Teams 7 Points 6/5
4 Teams 9 Points 13/10

Notes:
• Any loss in a teaser is a loss.
• Any tie or 'No Action' to all winners is considered 'No Action'.
• You cannot mix football and basketball in the sweetheart teasers.
•You can buy up to 2 extra points in special basketball teasers, and up to 3 extra points in special football teasers.
•You can have only 1 total in a 3-team special teaser, and none in the 4-team special teaser for both football and basketball.

Action Points

Action points are the most profitable wager we offer. You asked for it, we got it! Limit your loss and maximize you winnings. Increase your winnings every time your team scores. It's the secret wager Las Vegas is afraid of.

Available for football and basketball, Action Points are for the bettors who not only can predict which team will win the game, but by how many points. For an Action Points bet, you risk $110 for every $100 wagered.

Here’s an example: Denver Broncos -5

Suppose you wager $100 a point on the Denver Broncos and the cap you request is 10. Denver must win by at least 5 points, and for every point over the point spread of 5 that they win by, you win $100. You can win between $100 and $1,000 (stopped at $1,000 because of the requested cap). If Denver wins by 9 points, your net winnings would be $400. However, if Denver fails to cover the point spread, you risk $110 for every point that they fall short of the 5-point spread. You can also bet on the underdog.

If Bets & Reverses

If Bets
They are combination of conditional straight bets (2-6 picks) in one single play.

Single action if bet: play continues if previous play wins only.
Double action: play continues if previous play wins, pushes or cancels.

Reverses 
a combination of 2-8 picks combined in all possible two team if bets and then reversed. Reverses are always double action.