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What are Added Games on the Betting Board for Sports Betting Events?

Added games are games that aren’t on the regular Las Vegas rotation. They usually involve smaller schools that are harder to gain information on; therefore, they are added later than other lines in the same sport. Such games on the betting board are from college betting sports and professional sports are not part of the added board. Teams from the added board are mostly from college conferences that play very rarely on national TV. With little to no television exposure the sports betting public will tend to not place bets on games involving added board teams. Las Vegas and online sportsbook personnel are likely to spend less time to research information on added board games. Since sportsbooks spend less time researching information from teams on the added board they reduce betting limits for sports betting patrons. Many professional sports bettors will put in the time to make educated bets on these added board games. Professionals often times have much more information on an added board game than the sportsbook they are betting at.

One must wonder why online and Las Vegas sportsbooks put pointspreads up on these games from the obscure conferences from college sports? It’s all about sportsbooks competing to attract bettors into their establishment. Las Vegas and online sportsbooks compete vigorously for business and the more options on the betting board the likely they are able to gain market share. Even though the action is very minimal on added board games and may not be enough to offset the payroll expense to set the pointspread, Las Vegas and online sportsbooks are willing to take the loss to avoid taking a hit to their reputation. With the growth of sports betting internet forums, sports betting radio and podcasts word can travel fast in the market place if an online or Las Vegas sportsbook is reducing their betting options. In order to offset the lack of information; added games are circled (which means they are subject to reduced betting maximums and can’t be included in parlays and teasers).

Professional online and Las Vegas sports bettors will follow the best practices when betting on games on the added board. Pro bettors realize that the oddsmakers spend little time to research the teams on the added board and the professionals will hold the information edge against the sportsbook. A best practice followed by professionals is to weigh motivation on added board contests. Professional sports bettors realize that added board teams put more emphasis on conference games than non-conference games. An example would be Sun Belt teams competing in college football. Sun Belt teams rarely get at large bowl bids in college football and usually must win their conference to get a bowl game bid. That explains why Sun Belt teams are at times a good bet against when they are scheduled in the non-conference. A best practice followed by professional bettors is not to weigh non-conference losses too heavily when handicapping conference games between added board teams.

Added board teams from college basketball also rarely receive at large bids to the NCAA Tournament. Teams are more likely to give better efforts in conference games in hopes of winning their conference to secure a spot in the post season. Changes to NIT qualifications will now guarantee regular season conference winners automatic entry into the post season. An added board team that wins its regular season conference title will automatically qualify for the NIT tournament if they fail to win their post-season conference tournament and fail to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

A professional sports bettor will also sift through websites for statistical information. A best practice followed by the pros is to visit individual team websites from added board teams to track the health and injuries of impact players. Added board teams are likely to have very little depth and the professional sports bettor will weigh an injury to an impact player from a small college conference very heavily.

As in the regular Las Vegas rotation the odds that are quoted at the time your bet is made and confirmed are the odds that will be used to settle your bet, regardless of any line changes after that time.