What does 1 x 2 mean in soccer betting, and how does it work?

What does 1 x 2 mean in soccer betting?

Have you ever looked at your online mobile sports betting app and saw a soccer game with the three boxes at the top, each with different odds?

There is the home team listed first (always the home team listed first in soccer) with odds like -500, then a draw/tie with odds like +525, and finally a third box with odds like +1500 for the road or away team.

This is called the 1x2 betting line, and it will be explained here.

When you bet the money line on any soccer game, there can be three outcomes, also known as 1 x 2. The home team (1) can win, the away team (2) can win, or the match can end in a draw (x).

In regular-season contests, such as the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, USA MLS, and even the UEFA Champions League, all matches are determined in the standard 90 minutes of play, plus any time added on for injuries and substitutions.

Even when tournaments go to knockout stage contests, such as in the Champions League, Europa League, or the EURO 2020, and there could be extra time, standard soccer bets are settled in regulation time.

If the game goes to extra time, and you bet the 1x2 line, it is graded according to what the score was at the end of regulation time, before added extra time and penalty kicks.

If you think the home team will win the match outright, you bet on 1. If you think the away team will win the game, you bet on 2. If you believe it will be a draw (a tie), which would be when the two teams have the same score when the final whistle is blown, you would bet the x (draw) for that outcome.

The 1x2 soccer betting line is very similar to the money line in other sports like the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL).

Except in those sports, you always have a winner each game, with the exception of the NFL games, which occasionally end in ties. For soccer, though, many games end in draws at the end of 90 minutes and injury time, so that is where the extra x of the 1x2 comes into play. You can be very profitable betting on soccer draws.

An example from the 2019-20 Germany Bundesliga season of the 1x2 betting would have been the match with Bayern Munich at home (as the 1 in the app) at odds of -130, the draw (as the x in the app) at odds of +300, and Borussia Dortmund as the road or away team (as the 2 in the app) at odds of +175.

Bayern Munich won the match 4-2, so if you bet on the 1 (Bayern Munich as the home team) for $100, you would have won your $100 back plus another $76.92 for the win, for a return of $176.92.

So where do you place these bets online?

Any sportsbook in America will have the 1x2 odds on a soccer match. You can go to BetMGM, William Hill, FanDuel, DraftKings, BetAmerica, Golden Nugget Sportsbook, SugarHouse, Caesars, bet365, Unibet, Hard Rock, PointsBet, and Resorts. All have online and mobile capability.

Every month, there are more online apps launching as well, plus more states joining the sports betting fray.

By the time 2021 ends, there could be six or seven more states, and over half of American states, that have some form of legalized online sports betting. 

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