What are totals (over/under)?

The total is the combined scores of both teams in an event. Rather than betting on which team will win the event, you bet on whether the game will go over (o) or under (u) the specified amount— why this type of line is also known as an over/under. For example:

Suppose the total for the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots is listed at 43. If the Patriots end up winning 27-20, the final combined score is 47. If you bet over, you win. If the Patriots only won 23-20, the combined score matches the total—the wager will be graded a "Push" and your money will be refunded. Again, the moneyline odds attached to the over or under determine how much you stand to win.


  • Baseball Over/Under Rules

In baseball, both listed pitchers must start the game and a game must go 9 innings (or 8.5 innings if the home team is winning) for over/under bets to have action.

  • Hockey Over/Under Rules

For hockey games that require a shootout, only one goal is awarded to the winning team when determining the final score, regardless of how many goals are scored during the shootout round.