Sports Explained: Glossary B

Sportsbook Glossary: Bb


Back Door Cover
When a team comes back to cover the spread when it seemed unlikely. Te term is also used when a team usually out of the game scores meaningless points to cover the spread.

Backed Team
A team on which lots of bets have been placed.

Bad Beat
A tough (And almost unbearable) loss. A situation when a player looses a bet and that becomes hard to swallow. Example- When your horse loses by a nose after leading all the way.

Bank Roll
The available funds you have to bet with.

A bet considered to be a sure thing (Also known as a lock).

Battle of the Brothers College Football
American college football rivalry between the Utah Utes football team of the University of Utah and Utah State Aggies football team of Utah State University.

Battle for the Bell College Football
American college football rivalry game played by the Marshall Thundering Herd football team of Marshall University and the Ohio Bobcats football team of Ohio University.

Battle for the Palladium College Football
Annual college football rivalry matchup between the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and Troy Trojans.

Battle on the Bayou College Football
Name of the rivalry between the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Battle of the Brazos College Football
Name given to the official collegiate sports rivalry between the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M Aggies. The rivalry is named for the Brazos River.

Bayou Bucket Classic College Football
Annual college football game between rivals, the Houston Cougars and the Rice Owls, as a part of the Houston-Rice rivalry.

A messenger bettor, i.e., a player who plays on behalf of someone else.

Bedlam Series College Football
Officially known for sponsorship purposes as The Teemco Bedlam Series, it refers to the athletics rivalry between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys of the Big 12 Conference.

A dispute over the outcome of a bet. A problematic situation involving a bet.

Belmont Stakes Horse Racing
Grade I stakes Thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race, nicknamed The Test of the Champion, is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown and is held five weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes, on a Saturday between June 5 and June 11.

Best of Three
A best-of-three is a head-to-head competition between two teams in which one team must win two games to win the series.

Best of Five
A best-of-three is a head-to-head competition between two teams in which one team must win three games to win the series.

Best of Seven
A best-of-three is a head-to-head competition between two teams in which one team must win five games to win the series.

Where you put your selections and enter your stake before confirming your bet.

Bet back
Hedging to reduce risk. Example- When a bookie or betting site takes too many bets on 1 team he will have to pay out too much money if that team wins, so he will place a bet on that team himself with another betting agency.

Bet the field
To back all possible contenders except the favorite. For example “Tiger Woods or the field” means you can bet on the favorite (Tiger Woods) to win the tournament or you can bet on the field made up of every other player.

Betting exchange
Web based bookies which broker bets between their customers acting as an intermediary between people who want to bet that something will happen (backers) and people who want to bet that something won’t happen (layers).

Betting WO
Stands for betting without the favorite. Usually the market refers to the favorite but may not if the SP favorite is different to the favorite at the time that the market was established. The final position of the excluded horse is disregarded for settlement purposes.

Big Game College Football
An American college football rivalry game played by the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University.

Birdie Golf
Birdie means scoring one under par (-1).

Block Basketball
In basketball, a block or blocked shot occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a field goal attempt from an offensive player.

Body checking Ice Hockey
Using the hip or body to knock an opponent, sometimes against the boards or to the ice.

Bogey Golf
Bogey means one shot more than par (+1).

A person who is licensed to create betting lines and take wagers.

Bowl Game Bowl Season
In College Football, a bowl game is one of a number of post-season college football games that are primarily played by teams belonging to the NCAA’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Boxed In
A horse that cannot overtake another horse because it is blocked by other horses.

Diminutive for bankroll

An underdog.

Bowl Eligibility College Football
Bowl eligibility in college football at the NCAA Division I FBS level is the standard through which teams become available for selection to participate in postseason bowl games. When a team achieves this state, it is described as "bowl-eligible".

Breeder’s Cup Horse Racing
Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races, operated by Breeders’ Cup Limited, a company formed in 1982.

Buying Points
Paying an additional fee in order to increase your chances of covering the spread. Bettors usually buy points in football around key numbers such as 3 and 7.

The money that comes in on the underdog after a favorite is bet heavily enough to move the line.

Buy the Rack (US)
Purchase every possible daily-double or other combination ticket.

Buzzer Beater
A goal (Ice Hockey) or point (Basketball) that is scored just before a period expires.