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An odd even bet refers to a wager that predicts the total number of points or goals scored in a match or series of matches and breaks it down into two distinct possibilities – a total number that is odd or a total number that is even.
How is an Odd Even Bet used in Sports Betting?
Odd even betting is a relatively new option in sports betting and has become popular, largely due to the simplicity of the bet. It can be applied to any sports that have points or goals that increase throughout the event – and it is particularly favoured in football betting.
If a match between Sweden and England ends 1-0 then the ‘odd’ bet would be the winner. If the match ended 1-1 then the ‘even’ bet would be the winner. Special points to note with an odd even bet is that if a match has a scoreline of 0-0 it is considered an ‘even’ – and, as with many bets relating to football, the bet relates to the score at the end of the regular 90 minutes so extra time and penalties don’t count.
England’s victory on penalties over Colombia at the 2-18 World Cup will have tested the nerves of odd even punters. The final result was after extra time and penalties so would not have affected the bet.
But with less than a minute to go, England winning 1-0 would have brought returns for anyone with an ‘odd’ bet. Colombia’s last minute goal changed the result completely and, although they eventually lost, will have turned it into a winning ‘even’ bet.