If you’re planning to begin gambling, be it casino gambling, sports betting, or some other type, it is important to comprehend the odds. It would be absurd and preposterous to think about placing bets with a good grip on the forms of betting odds and the ability to read and interpret the formats that are associated.

The three main types of gambling odds are fractional (British) chances, decimal (European) chances, and American (moneyline) odds. These are simply different ways of presenting the same thing and hold no difference. It follows that a chance (percentage probability) of an event occurring can be transformed and presented in any of the aforementioned types of odds.

**How Fractional Odds Work**

Fractional odds (aka British odds, UK chances, or traditional chances ) are popular among British and Irish bookies. These are generally written with a”slash (/)” or a”hyphen (-),” e.g. 6/1 or 6-1 and declared as”six-to-one.” Odds are utilized by some of the world’s biggest bookmakers, which makes them the preferred chances across the globe.

A fractional set of 6/1 (six-to-one) odds would indicate that you win $6 against every $1 you bet (in addition to getting your dollar back, i.e. $1 — the amount you wagered). To put it differently, this is the ratio of the amount (gain ) won to the initial bet, which means you will get your bet ($1) along with the gain ($6), leading to a total payout of $7. Therefore, if you stake $10 at 6/1, you get a total payout of $70 ($60 profit + $10 stake).

Consequently, the total (potential) yield on a bet can be stated as:

Overall Payout = [Stake x (Numerator/Denominator)] + Stake where numerator/denominator is the fractional odd, e.g. 28/6.

For instance, one of the sports listed the following fractional chances. Below is a selection of the 3 groups that had the odds against winning.

Golden State Warriors: 10/11 Houston Rockets: 9/4 Cleveland Cavaliers: 7/1

It can be determined while the odds on Houston and Cleveland are more that the Golden State Warriors are the favorites. That is, one wins just $10 against each $11 wagered to be the winners. Meanwhile, one wins $9 against every $4 (i.e. 3.25 times) set at stake for Houston to win, which is a bit less probable. For Cleveland, one wins $7 against every $1 bet.

In the above example, if you bet $100 on Golden State to win, you can make a $90.91 profit [$100 x (10/11)], and could return your initial stake of $100, resulting in a total payout of $190.91. But if you bet $100 on Houston to win, you could be given a profit of $225 [$100 x (9/4)], as well as the $100 initial stake causing a total payout of $325. The potential gain for a Cleveland win would be even higher, as you could make a profit of $700 [$100 x (7/1)]. With the initial stake of $100 being returned, it would result in a total payout of $800.

**How Decimal Odds Work**

Decimal odds (aka European odds, digital chances, or continental odds) are popular in continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. These are somewhat easier to understand and work with. By taking a look at the numbers, the favorites and underdogs can be seen instantaneously.

The decimal odds number represents the amount one wins for each $1 wagered. For decimal odds, the amount reflects the complete payout, rather than the profit. To put it differently, your stake is already included in the decimal number (no need to add back your bet ), making its total payout calculation easier.

The total (potential) yield on a bet can be calculated as:

Payout = Stake x Decimal Odd Number

For instance, one of the renowned betting websites costs several candidates to win the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Here, we list the greatest long shot one of the candidates listed by the bookmaker at March 21, 2018 and the odds for the top three candidates.

Donald Trump: 3.00 Bernie Sanders: 11.00 Elizabeth Warren: 13.00 and American media personality and sports businessman LaVar Ball: 251.00 (yes, you read that right, it is the Big Baller himself!)

These numbers merely signify the amount an individual could win against each $1 place at stake. Therefore, if one bets $100 on Donald Trump to be re-elected as President, this person could make a whole payout of $300 ($100 x 3.00). This amount includes $100’s initial stake, giving a profit of $200.

Similarly, a bettor could make a whole payout of $1,100 ($100 x 11.00) if they bet $100 on Bernie Sanders or $1,300 ($100 x 13.00) if a bettor gambles on Elizabeth Warren. Deducting $100 gives the bettor the net profit.

Reviewing the prices that the bookmaker has set for each candidate, it can be determined that according to the bookmaker, the likelihood of Donald Trump (preferred ) winning the election is higher than that for any other candidate. The higher the total payout (i.e. the greater the decimal odd), the less probable (and riskier) it’s for the listed candidate to win.