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If two sportsbooks have very different odds for a game, you may be able to bet one side at Sportsbook A and the other at Sportsbook B to guarantee yourself a profit. This is called arbitrage betting.
You know you've found an arbitrage opportunity if the sum of the odds of both sides of a bet is positive (ex: +110 at Sportsbook A and -105 at Sportsbook B).
Our arbitrage calculator shows you the ideal bet amount for each side of the bet and guaranteed profit based on the odds from each sportsbook.
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How Arbitrage Betting Works
The key to arbitrage betting is finding two sportsbooks with drastically different odds on a two-sided market. The sum of the odds on each side of the bet must be positive in order for it to be an arb opportunity.
Let's take a look at an arbitrage betting example:
- FanDuel has Patrick Mahomes' passing yards Over 299.5 at +115 odds.
- Caesars has Patrick Mahomes' passing yards Under 299.5 at +105 odds.
In this scenario, you can bet $100 on the Over at FanDuel and $104.88 at Caesars to guarantee yourself a profit of $10.12 regardless of whether Mahomes goes Over or Under on his passing yards.
How to Find Arbitrage Betting Opportunities
As mentioned before, you'll know you found an arb opportunity if both sides of a two-way bet (that is, there are just two possibilities such as Over and Under) have a positive sum.
You'll never find an arbitrage opportunity at a single sportsbook since they always charge juice (called the vig) that results in the sum of the odds being negative.
You can manually find arbs by sifting through sportsbooks' odds, but this takes forever (trust me, I've tried).
The easiest way is to use an arbitrage bet finder tool. These tools scan the lines of sportsbooks to automatically find existing opportunities.
However you find them, once you do, come back to our arbitrage calculator to calculate the ideal bet amount on each side.
Arbitrage Betting vs. Hedge Betting
Though hedge betting and arbitrage betting follow the same basic principle, they are slightly different.
With hedge betting, the odds on the bet you originally took have moved in your favor, such as having the Eagles to win at +200 moving to Eagles -110. In this scenario, you can place a wager on the other side of the bet in order to guarantee yourself a profit.
With arbitrage betting, you take advantage of differing odds at sportsbooks to guarantee yourself a profit.
By betting the Eagles +250 at FanDuel and the Cowboys -220 at DraftKings, you can guarantee yourself a profit if you choose the right wager amounts. If you bet $100 on the Eagles +250, for example, you could bet $240.62 on the Cowboys -220 to guarantee yourself a profit of $9.38.
Arbitrage betting typically requires much more effort with less guaranteed profit than hedge betting. This is because sportsbooks typically have very similar lines, making finding arbitrage opportunities difficult and not very profitable.
In the example above, you have to wager a total of $342.62 just to guarantee yourself $9.38. You can use our arb calculator to see see how much you have to bet and what your profit would be when finding arb opportunities.
Hedge betting requires the odds to shift in your favor. You can't really hedge a bet if it looks like your original bet isn't likely to hit. Arbitrage betting opportunities—though rare—guarantee you a profit right off the bat. You don't have to wait until the game is in progress or the odds change.
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