Learn to Bet on Sports: What is a Teaser Bet

As you ease into the world of sports betting, there are those times when you hear terms that you have no idea what they mean but simply smile and shake your head like you do. One of those terms is “teaser.”

You may have heard of teaser bets but don’t know what they are. That’s okay. This article will explain the teaser, what it is, how it works, and offer some easy-to-follow teaser rules.

What Is a Teaser?

A teaser is a type of sports bet you can make that allows you to change the point spread or total on multiple games. If you know what a parlay is, a teaser is essentially a parlay bet in which you buy points on each game involved.

Teasers are most common in football and basketball and are used in point spread betting and total betting.

Example of a Teaser

There are numerous ways to do a teaser bet, but the most common is a six-point football teaser. Bettors pick two games and get six additional points on each line. In order to win a teaser, you must win all bets involved.

Let’s look at an example.

Pittsburgh Steelers +1 vs. Baltimore Ravens

New Orleans Saints -7 vs. Atlanta Falcons

These are the original lines on both games. With a six-point teaser, you can adjust each line by six points. The results would be:

Pittsburgh Steelers +7 vs. Baltimore Ravens

New Orleans Saints -1 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Let’s say Pittsburgh lost to the Ravens, 31-25, and the Saints beat the Falcons 34-31. If you look at the original lines, neither the Steelers nor the Saints would have covered the spread. But, with your teaser-adjusted lines, they both would cover. That means you win the teaser!

Of course, placing the teaser bet is not free. You’ll pay more juice than -110, which is usually the price of any straight bet. Remember, you must win both wagers in order to win the teaser.


NFL Teaser Betting Explained


When to Bet Teasers

Teaser bets are not recommended on sports like college football. There is simply too much volatility. Because of the differences in quality of teams, there are some really shocking lines in college football.

Teasers are not normally good bets on totals either.

Where the teaser bet really makes sense is in the NFL. The majority of NFL games – 30 percent – end with a margin of victory of three, six, or seven points. Knowing this makes teasers very effective wagers.

Bettors can use their six points on a favorite, like the Saints in the example above, and bet them down to -1. It worked in this case as New Orleans won by three.

Teaser Rules

When you start betting teasers, keep the following rules in mind:

> Never tease on college football. Spreads and final scores are just too volatile. The range of outcomes is simply too many.

> Never tease through 0. For example, don’t take a four-point favorite and make him a two-point underdog. One of the possible outcomes – a tie – is not likely to occur as NFL games are designed to not end in a tie. Better bets are making a seven-point favorite a one-point favorite.

> Never pay more than -110 odds on a teaser.

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.