Online Sportsbook Betting Markets

Are you new to sports betting? Or maybe you’re an old pro needing a little more information.

In this guide, we’re going to discuss betting market coverage at online sportsbooks. There’s a lot more on the betting board than just the usual markets for major US sports.

What Sports Can I Bet on Online?

You can bet on just about everything online, ranging from major North American sports (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, CFB and CBB) to cricket, golf, tennis, volleyball and even bandy.

If there’s a professional sport being played anywhere in the world, there’s almost certainly going to be a market available for the event at an online sportsbook.

However, it should be noted that some bookies specialize in certain markets only. A lot of the US bookies focus mainly on US sports and international soccer. If you want to bet on volleyball and other less-popular European sports, you’ll likely need to join a European/UK bookmaker.

Bettors can wager on auto racing, fighting (MMA/Boxing), horse racing, darts, rugby, snooker and cycling. You can ever wager on politics and TV shows (entertainment markets).

Do you watch SurvivorAmerican Idol, Big Brother or another reality show? You can bet on all of these television shows online at sportsbooks. Other entertainment markets include betting on big award shows, such as the Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys and Tony Awards.

eSports and virtual sports are also growing in popularity. eSports are massive now and betting on the events is becoming more mainstream among gamers. Want to use your League of Legends or Call of Duty knowledge to win money? Then you need to consider betting on eSports.

What Types of Bets Can I Place Online?

There are a lot more than just straight bets available to wager on online. Sure, moneylinespoint spreads and game totals (over/under) are the most popular way to bet on online sports. 

Other than full game markets, you will find many other options for all major sports as well. You can bet on quarter and 1st and 2nd half markets for all major sports like basketball and football. You can also bet on period markets for hockey. If you feel strongly about a team, bet them to win every quarter/half and the full game.

Other popular bets include futures, props, parlays and teasers.

A parlay is a bet with multiple outcomes and every prediction needs to hit in order to cash. A teaser bet is available for football and basketball only. Bettors can move the spread or total in their favor on a teaser, but the payouts are lower than parlay bets. However, they’re also easier to win.

Futures are season-long wagers, such as betting on the Super Bowl winner. Future bets are available for tournaments as well, such as predicting the winner of a tennis/golf tourney.

Props are a fun way to bet on sports without needing to predict winners. Props can vary by sport, but an example would be betting on a player to score a touchdown in a football game. You can bet on player performance metrics with props, which are great if you’re into fantasy sports and are already doing that sort of research.

Wager on Anything at Sports Betting Sites

The best sports betting sites will have markets on hundreds of sports leagues.

In some cases, you should bet certain sports at one bookie and other sports at another. The reason is because you want to get the best betting line. For example, America’s Bookie often has the best UFC and NFL odds, but you may be better off betting on European sports elsewhere.


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About the Author

Scott is one of our newest writer and handicapper here at, but he has been writing sports betting content for more than a decade online. His work has been featured on many websites.


Scott is a millennial (born in 1989) who grew up in Toronto, Canada and he has never left the big city. He grew up playing a few sports (hockey, soccer and baseball) when he was younger. His favorite sport was hockey and he played goalie. He still likes to get out to the rinks to play some pick-up with his buddies.


Growing up in Toronto, Scott is a huge fan of all Toronto teams.


He watches the Maple Leafs and Raptors religiously. Scott also enjoys watching the Blue Jays, Argonauts and TFC.


His best sports memory was when the Raptors were crowned the 2019 NBA Champions. Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for the Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup during his lifetime.


Scott may be a diehard fan of Toronto sports teams, but he loves watching all sports. He’s a huge UFC fan (look for his UFC betting articles for most events) and he’ll watch just about anything, including tennis, golf, soccer and cricket.


Scott is a numbers guy and he likes digging deep into the statistics when handicapping games. He also likes to identify value bets in markets most bettors overlook, including player/team props.


When he’s not handicapping and watching sports, he enjoys golfing in the warmer months. He also loves burgers and poutine. Not only is that his favorite meal, but he has tried over 100 burgers in Toronto and he’s constantly looking for the best new burgers in the city.