Frequently asked questions
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Please visit our top sportsbooks page for our recommended online sportsbooks in your area. Every sportsbook that we list has been carefully evaluated by our expert reviewers.
Sports betting regulations in the USA vary from state to state. Find out if sports betting is legal in your state at our where to bet on sports in the USA section. Those living in other countries will want to check with their local gambling laws before placing a bet.
In general, there isn’t one sportsbook that offers the best odds for all events. Because of this, many sports bettors will have accounts at multiple sportsbooks so that they can take advantage of the best odds on each game. To find the best odds on a certain game, check out our odds comparison tool.
You can find the best sign-up bonus for the sportsbooks in your area at our top sportsbook page. Just remember that the biggest bonus isn’t always the best bonus. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to find the bonus that is best for you.
Regulated sportsbooks in the USA do not accept Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies for deposits or withdrawals. Those living in Canada or other countries may have access to some sportsbooks that accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You can see a full list of banking options for recommended sportsbooks in your region from our top listings page.
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Users with a rank of Referee or Linesman are the forum administrators and moderators, respectively. Users who have been punished for abusing forum rules and guidelines receive a Rehab status which puts these users in the penalty box, and if a user does something that is bannable, their status will show as Banned.
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Unfortunately, you cannot edit your post or thread but that feature will be added to the forums in the Spring 2020.
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Covers line is created by our own algorithm that factors in many different inputs.
Not at this time. We are working on adding live-betting odds for all games.
This is a quick way to compare a team’s performance in a particular stat category against an average across the league in that category. Vs league avg is displayed as a percentage of league average so a team with 70 is only achieving 70% of the league average. Likewise, a team listed as 125 is achieving 25% higher than the league average.
These are called Rotation numbers or bet numbers. Rotation numbers are assigned to every possible bet you can make at a sportsbook. It is a way to identify a wager and submit your bets without confusion. For brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, like those in Nevada, the rotation number is often found to the left of the game/teams on the sportsbook’s odds board.
This is the percentage of the Covers betting community that are on one side of a bet. The bets or picks made by the Covers community are done through our free-to-play contests. More consensus data is available for leagues, games and teams including the most successful bettors on each league and team for the current season.
Only gamble what you can afford/are willing to lose. Decide on the value of your bankroll and then stick to it. Bankroll should be disposable income. We recommend that you keep track of your performance.
A unit is a way to measure your wager without using a dollar (monetary) value. A general rule of thumb would be 1 unit = 1% of your total bankroll.
We recommend betting between 1% to 5% of your bankroll depending on how strongly you feel on the play and how risk averse you are. Remember you do not need to gamble on every game.
Stop and don’t chase your losses. Take a break. If you are not managing your bankroll correctly and gambling is affecting your everyday life visit our Responsible Gaming section.
A unit is a way to measure your wager without using a dollar value. A general rule of thumb would be 1 unit = 1% of your total bankroll. For example, if you have a $10,000 bankroll, a single unit would be $100. Our handicappers rate their plays between 1-10 stars, with 1* plays reserved for free picks, and most premium picks typically between 5-10 stars. The recommended wager (star rating) will dictate how much money you should be betting on that game.
We do not currently offer a trial period, but we do offer Free Picks which serve as a good starting ground for new users. We also offer a 50% off welcome bonus for your first purchase.
Absolutely. We do not store Credit Card information on the site, even if your card is saved to your profile (we only store last 4 digits). We accept all major credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD, and AMEX), and now also accept PayPal!
Our free picks always carry a 1* rating, whereas our paid picks typically vary from 5*-10*. Although they are similar in presentation (both come with attached line and written analysis), free picks serve as a trial window to premium products. The handicapper’s process for releasing a free pick is the same as a premium pick, so it is a good way to ‘test the waters’.
If you buy a guaranteed pick, you are only charged if the advice provided for that pick is a winner. Non-guaranteed picks are less expensive, but you are charged at the time of purchase.
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