What does "buying points" mean?

Buying Points 

You can "buy points" on NFL, NCAA Football, NBA or NCAA Basketball point spreads during the "Review Bets" stage of the Bet Slip completion. When you do, you move the point spread by half a point so that you give away less points with the favourite or get more points with the underdog. In the NFL and NCAA Football, the cost of buying half a point depends on the point you are buying onto (i.e., 3, 7 or other) and whether the odds are standard (-110) or off-standard (e.g., -120). There is no such premium in the NBA or NCAA Basketball. 

Please note that you can buy half a point onto a flat number only (e.g., from +4.5 to +5 or from -4.5 to -4).

 

How to Buy Points 

Under the details of the bet on which you want to buy points, select 'Buy 1/2 point'. The point spread and odds for each bet are automatically recalculated for you, and your total risk and win amounts are updated at the bottom of the Bet Slip.  

Buying Points

 

The Cost of Buying Points 

Standard odds:

With standard odds, the cost of buying half a point is a total of .10. However, the following exceptions apply for the NFL and NCAA Football.

• You can buy half a point onto a spread of 3 (from +2.5 to +3 or from -3.5 to -3), but you are charged a total of .25 for NFL point spreads and a total of .15 for NCAA Football point spreads.

• You can buy half a point onto a spread of 7 (from +6.5 to +7 or from -7.5 to -7), but you are charged a total of .15 for NFL point spreads. The cost remains at a total of .10 for NCAA Football.

For example, suppose the New York Jets are 5.5-point underdogs (+5.5). If you want to move the point spread to +6 points, you need to buy half a point. The cost of doing so is a total of .10 - which means that you must now bet $120 instead of $110 to make a profit of $100.

Now suppose the New York Jets are 2.5-point underdogs (+2.5). If you want to move the point spread to +3 points, you need to buy half a point again. However, because it’s an NFL game, the cost of doing so is a total of .25. You must now bet $135 to make a profit of $100.

Similarly, if the Wisconsin Badgers are 3.5-point favorites (-3.5), you can buy half a point to move the point spread to -3 points. This time, because it’s an NCAA Football game, the cost of doing so is a total of .15. You must now bet $125 to make a profit of $100.

 

Off-standard odds:

With off-standard odds, the cost of buying half a point depends on whether the odds are greater than or less than -110. Additionally, the same exceptions for the NFL and NCAA Football apply.

• If the odds are positive or greater than -110 (e.g., -105; even; +145), a charge is applied to bring the odds to -110 before the .10 is applied (or .25/.15 if you’re buying onto a spread of 3 or 7 with NFL and NCAA Football).

• If the odds are less than -110 (e.g., -115 or -165), the charge of .10 is applied directly (or .25/.15 if you’re buying onto a spread of 3 or 7 with NFL and NCAA Football).

These costs are illustrated in the following examples:

Original odds: After buying 1/2 point:
NBA and NCAA Basketball:
+1.5(+110) +2(-120)
+8.5(-115) +9(-125)
NFL:
+3.5(-120) +4(-130)
+3.5(-105) +4(-120)
-3.5(EVEN) -3(-135)
-7.5(-120) -7(-135)
NCAA Football:
-3.5(EVEN) -3(-125)
-7.5(-120) -7(-130)

 

Rules 

The following rules apply when you buy points.

1. Wagers must be placed on the outcome of a single event or game, and all standard rules apply.

2. The team you bet on must win by the point spread you have bought.

3. The maximum number of points you can buy is one half.