Sports Explained: Glossary A

Sportsbook Glossary: Aa


A wager of any kind.

Term used by some betting fans for bookmaker (bookie).

Across the Board
Method of wagering on a horse to win, place and show.

Name for any accumulative bet more than three selections.

Added Game
Game that is not part of the regular rotation. Often times this will be a rescheduled game or the second game of a doubleheader.

Ante Post
Type of bet that is placed in advance of an event starting.

Against the Spread ATS
Refers to taking points (aka the spread) as opposed to taking a game straight up.

Apple Cup
American college football rivalry between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars. Both are members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

The simultaneous purchase and sale of the same game in different markets to profit from unequal prices.

A middleman who places players into a sports book for a commission.

Albatross Golf
Albatross means three shots under par (-3). All in- A bet which will stand even in the case of scratching or withdrawal of the selection or any other circumstances which might usually warrant a refund, i.e. no refunds given.

All up
A bet that consists of 2 or more selections, the stake and winnings of 1 bet are placed on another bet and all bets must win for the wager to be successful. Similar to an “accumulator”, “multiple” bet and parlay.

American odds
American odds are either expressed as a negative number or a positive number. Negative numbers are used for bets of less than even money and show how much you would have to bet to win $100. Positive numbers are used for bets at greater than even money and show how much you will win if you bet $100. American odds have been superseded by decimal odds.

Ante Post See Future Bets
A single or a series of bets placed in advance predicting the outcome of a future event. In return for the chance of better odds, bettors take the risk of losing their bets if their selection pulls out or if the event is cancelled.