In general, when you play a bet on the total, you are wagering on either the over or the under. If you are at the Tropicana sportsbook and you are betting the total on a New York Rangers vs. Winnipeg Jets game, there are going to be two options at your disposal. Say the total on the game is 5.5. You either bet the under, believing that the Rangers and Jets will combine for five goals or less, or you play the over, confident that Winnipeg and New York are going to team up to net at least six goals.
With a three-way total goals wager, the over/under adds a third variable to the equation – an exact bet option. In the case of this wager, the total must be a whole number. Let’s take that Rangers-Jets game again, only this time, the oddsmaker at the Tropicana has set the bar on the totals goals for the contest at five.
You can still opt to play the over, believing there will be more than five goals in the game, or the under, certain that there will be four goals of fewer scored on the night. But with three-way total goals betting, you can also place on wager on there being exactly five goals scored in the game. That means if the Rangers win 3-2, or the Jets take it 4-1, you’re a winner.
For certain, wagering on the exact number of goals to be scored in a game is a much tougher play than an over or under bet. But the bonus is because the odds are so much longer, the return will be that much more lucrative.
Just like the three-way handicap wager, the three-way total goals play is also a bet that gained prominence in Asian betting markets.
You’d be wise to make plays such as this at the Tropicana sportsbook. The Tropicana is one legendary name that has teamed up with another to run its sports betting operation in William Hill. It’s like having Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid on the same team.