Sports Explained: Glossary C

Sportsbook Glossary: Cc


Canadian Line
A combination point spread and money line in hockey.

Civil War
American college football rivalry game played annually in Oregon, between the Ducks of the University of Oregon in Eugene and the Beavers of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The favored team.

A player who only bets on favorites.

Check hook Boxing & MMA
A check hook is employed to prevent aggressive boxers from lunging in. There are two parts to the check hook. The first part consists of a regular hook. The second, trickier part involves the footwork.

Circle, Circled Game
A game or event where the wagering limit (the action) is severely limited, i.e., where the sports book lowers its normal wagering limits due to uncertain weather, significant injuries, or unconfirmed rumors regarding a contestant or team.

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate College Football
Nickname given to an American college football rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs football team of the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Clone Joint
A betting service or sportsbook that moves its’ lines to conform with other sports books.

Closing Line
The final list of point spreads offered before game time.

Closer (Closing Pitcher)
In baseball, a closing pitcher, more frequently referred to as a closer (abbreviated CL), is a relief pitcher who specializes in getting the final outs in a close game.

Closing price
The odds on a selection at the time the market is closed due to the event starting. This is considered the most efficient and accurate representation of the selection’s probability because it is set at the time when the most information about the event and previous bets taken is known. Opposite of “opening price”.

Coin Toss
Practice of throwing a coin in the air to choose between two alternatives, sometimes to resolve a dispute between two parties or simply to decide which team moves the ball first.

Combination Bet
A term for any wager containing more than one selection. Selecting any number of teams/horses to finish first and second in either order.

Come in
When the odds on a betting selection get lower over time. Similar to “backed in”, “firm” and “shorten”. Opposite of “drift”, “go out” and “lengthen”.

Condor Golf
Condor means scoring four under par (-4).

Consensus refers to the betting percentage of the general betting public on each side of a game. Some people use consensus picks as a tool. There thinking is the public is always wrong. The public is wrong more times than their right.

Conversion (Football, Also known as Extra Point)
In professional and college football, the conversion try (or convert in Canadian football) occurs immediately after a touchdown during which the scoring team is allowed to attempt to score one extra point by kicking the ball through the uprights in the manner of a field goal, or two points by bringing the ball into the end zone in the manner of a touchdown; depending on league rules, one point may also be scored by manner of a safety.

Correct Score
Betting on the final score of the game.
For example: Patriots 18 Vikings 35.

To bet the point spread (spread) by the required number of points. If a wager is made in this way, the player is said to have covered the spread and stands to win an event by more points than he / she lay, or lose by fewer points than he/she had taken.

Contrarian Betting
Also known as betting against the public, contrarian betting finds value by betting on games with lopsided betting percentages.

Correlated Parlay
Correlation is the degree to which the results of two bets are related. An example of two bets that are correlated is the Giants to lead at the half and the Giants to win the game. A correlated parlay is essentially a bet that is tied into another positively, in that if one bets wins, it increases the odds of the other bet winning. A more blatant example would be parlaying the first half over to the second half over to the game over. If you win the first half over wager and the second half over bet, you’re obviously going to win the wager for the game.

Cover the Spread
To win a wager placed against the spread. In sports such as football and basketball, a bettor wins their bet if they cover the point-spread. For example, if you bet a 7-point favorite and they win by 9, you have covered the spread.

Crab Bowl Classic College Football
Also known as the Crab Bowl or the Maryland-Navy rivalry, is an American college football rivalry between the Maryland Terrapins football team of the University of Maryland and the Navy Midshipmen football team of the United States Naval Academy.

Credit Betting
Betting using credit with a betting agent or service.

Cross Boxing & MMA
A powerful, straight punch thrown with the rear hand. From the guard position, the rear hand is thrown from the chin, crossing the body and traveling towards the target in a straight line.