A term you will often hear mentioned when discussing wagers on NHL games is units. A unit is a measurement that takes into account the size of your bet. Calculating units is a device that enables you to determine your wins and losses from your many bets and to decipher whether you are running a profit or a loss from your overall operation.
A unit is considered to be the equivalent of one percent of your starting bankroll. Therefore, if your bankroll is $1,000, each unit would be valued at $10. But if you were operating with a bankroll of $50,000, the value of a unit would then be $500.
The appropriate bankroll strategy when wagering on NHL games is to place no more than between 1-5 percent of your total bankroll on any particular bet. In other words, 1-5 units. A five-unit play from a $1,000 bankroll would be the equivalent of $50.
Unlike the teams they wager on, sports bettors don’t calculate their rate of success simply by tabulating their wins and losses. They measure their success based upon total units earned. You could be 15-22 on your bets and still come out ahead if you hit on the right bets, such as a couple of paydays on big underdogs.
As well, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for you to go 8-2 on 10 bets and a friend go 6-4 on 10 bets and the friend end up with more units added to their bankroll. Again, the variable at work here is which games each of you had your successful wagers.
By calculating success via units as opposed to piles of cash, it’s also possible to compare a major player to a smaller better. Suppose you know someone with a bankroll of $10,000 and they made 10 wagers of one unit each at odds of 2.00. In this instance, that would be 10 bets of $100 apiece. Now suppose this bettor goes 6-4. They’ll get back their $600 stake, plus $600 in winnings. But they lose their other $400 in failed bets, so the ultimate gain this case is $200, or two units.
You’re not such a major player. Your bankroll is only $200. One unit for you is $2. You also play 10 wagers at the same odds and hit on eight of your 10 bets. You’ll get your $16 stake back plus $16 in winnings. Subtract the $4 in losing bets and you’re ahead $12, which in your case is a six-unit win.
Now that grasp the concept of how units are calculated, why not head over to the BetAmerica sportsbook and play a unit on an NHL game?