The art of middling a sports bet isn’t easy to accomplish but when it’s successfully achieved, the outcome can reward a bettor with a massive payout.
A middle bet is strategy whereby a bettor seeks to take advantage of a seismic shift in the point spread or total on a game.
Example of the Middling in Sports Betting
Suppose you wagered on an NFL game at William Hill between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. The Patriots opened as 4.5-point favorites. You decided they’d cover that line and bet the Pats to win and cover at -4.5.
Everyone, though it seems, agreed with your assessment. So much money is backing the Patriots that the line has jumped to New England -7.5. Here’s where you can middle and make money.
With a second wager, you’re going to take the Broncos and the points, so you bet Denver +7.5. As long as New England wins by more than 4.5 points but less than 7.5 points, you’re going to cash in on both wagers.
If you wagered $100 on each play at odds of -110, the total profit on your $200 stake would be $381.82.
Middling Betting Strategy #1
A similar middling betting strategy can be deployed with dealing with movement in the total, the combined score of both teams during the game. This time, we’re betting at BetMGM online sportsbook on a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. The opening total is set at 40.5. That seems attainable, so you make a play on the over.
During the course of the week, the total has continued to grow. It’s now at 45.5 and in your mind, that looks to be too high. So you go back to your sportsbook account and make a second play. This time, your wager is on under 45.5 points.
All you need to happen in order to cash on each betting slip is for the final score of this battle of Ohio-based NFL teams to added up to at least 41 but not more than 45.
When you middle a bet, it is possible to have it both ways.