We now come to the purely technical part of our guide. And you know what? It’s quite simple to get this under your belt! By the end of this section, you will be able to go out on your own and place your first wager knowing full well what you are doing. So, let’s focus on the type of betting metrics available.
First come the odds, and there are three different types to consider! American, also known as Vegas, Decimals, and Fractional. Americans are usually expressed as whole numbers with either a (+) or (-) value before the number.
Decimals are the easiest to understand worldwide, and finally Fractionals are the preserve of the United Kingdom. Let’s have a closer look together.
MMA American – What Does it Mean?
Justin Gaethje +160
James Vick -110
Reading American odds is quite simple in fact. The minus stands for the favorite whereas the plus indicates the underdog. Put simply, Vick has a greater chance to win in his match up against Gaethje. How does this translate in terms of money?
Basically, -110 means that you need to wager $110 on the favorite in order to win $100. It may look a bit pricey, but the chance of Vick winning are much better, hence the odds. The opposite is also true. This time, though, you will only wager $100 for a chance to win $160 on the underdog, Gaethje.
And believe it or not, this concludes the full explanation of MMA American odds. Rather easy, right?
Decimals and Fractional – Reading the Unknown
Decimals and Fractionals are easy to read, too, although if pushed -w e will favor Decimals over the alternative of course. Still, here’s a breakdown of decimals:
Justin Gaethje 2.5
James Vick 1.5
The odds here again indicate that James Vick is the favorite. How? Because he has the smaller number. For every $1 you stake, you will get a $1.5 return on your bet, i.e. $2.5 in total. However, if you choose to bet on Justin Gaethje, your money will be worth twice as much, or thereabouts. However, you cannot guarantee that Gaethje will win or at least his chances are slimmer.
A Quick Note on Fractional
So, decimals are even simpler to get down without too much hassle. Fractionals are quite simple, too in fact! You get to put down a certain amount to win a wager. For instance, 10/15 means that you are wagering $150 to win $100. I.e. the number on the right is how much you have to stake and the number on the left is how much you stand to win.