‘Teaser’ cards tough way to win parlays

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by GT Staff |

Yet, ‘reverse’ teasers can be lucrative

There’s a good reason why they call them “teaser”
parlay cards: they tease you into thinking you can win with them.

Nonetheless, teasers are popular with parlay cards bettors
who want to gain a little advantage against the point spread, which is decreased
for the favorite and increased for the underdog.

For the few extra points, payoffs, however, are dramatically
reduced – up to 90 percent for some parlays. For instance, a 5-team teaser
pays only 6-for-1, compared to 25-for-1 on a half-point parlay card.

Serious football handicappers scoff at playing teaser cards,
but “reverse” teasers are another matter.

Reverse teasers, rather than expanding the range of a winning
bet, decreases it, by usually 7 points. Thus a favorite has the point spread
increased by 7 points, while the underdog has it decreased by 7 points.

“Beating a reverse teaser is the ultimate
challenge,” says Phil Hess, a regular sports bettor at Arizona Charlie’s
in Las Vegas. “You really have to know what you’re doing, but if you can
accurately predict the outcome of a game, you’re rewarded with boxcar
payoffs.”

Indeed, the lure of the reverse teaser is the astronomical
payoffs. The aforementioned 5-team parlay on a reverse teaser may pay as much as
250-for-1, compared to 25-for-1 on the half-point cards. And picking a perfect
8-for-8 can pay as much as 8,000-for-1!

Of course, sports books aren’t in the business of making
nickel-and-dime bettors rich. The point spreads on a reverse teaser are so
exaggerated that often neither side is a winner.

Last weekend, for instance, there were nine college games on
Arizona Charlie’s Reverse Teaser Deluxe parlay card, but only two games
produced a winner – Colorado State and Florida State.

The NFL slate on Sunday was more encouraging – of the 15
games listed, 10 produced winners, most of which were underdogs who won
outright.

“Some of those games were actually pretty easy to
handicap,” Hess said. “It shouldn’t have come as a shock to see the
Jets, Cardinals and Ravens win outright.”

Most of the other winners were favorites who won by nice
margins – the Saints, Bills, Broncos and 49ers.

The results pretty much followed form for reverse teasers in
Week 1, when 12 college games produced four possible winners, while the 15 NFL
contests had seven winners.

At this point in the season, Hess says, sticking with live
underdogs in the pro ranks, as well as a few favorites capable of shutting down
their opponents, should be able to produce a few viable reverse teasers each
week.

“You don’t need many games to win big,” he said.
“I usually pick just three teams per card, or sometimes add a fourth game.

“The most I’ve ever hit is 5-for-5, which pays about
225-for-1,” he continued. “Maybe one day I’ll catch that elusive
8-for-8, but it’s not a priority. You have to bet on what you can
realistically win.”

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