What Is An Added Game in Regards to Sports Betting and Wagering?
by Doc's Sports - 10/10/2014
At the start of each betting week or day the sportsbooks list the games they are taking action on - the rundown. Sometimes games that are being played aren’t listed, and there are lines available - you can’t bet on them. If there is enough public demand for action on that game, though, the books may choose to list odds for the game and start taking bets on it. That is an added game.
Added games are most common in college sports. When two mid-majors are lining up, and especially basketball or football, it is common that few people care. With so many games available most days in both sports, books will often skip over the more obscure ones. If demand for those games materialized, though, they would start taking bets. There are those out there - especially sharp bettors - who sit and wait for games to be added. They reason that they know more about the game than the linemaker working in a hurry to set a line does if they have been studying the game, so they can find soft lines that haven’t already been pushed around by other wise guys. Squares can get themselves in trouble, though, when they jump on these added games because they think they offer juicy lines, but haven’t done the work required to know how they should properly be betting on the games. Remember - a line that is really juicy on one side is automatically really bad on the other side.
In major sports, most commonly baseball, an added game can have another meaning. If a game was rained out one day and rescheduled to be played the next day or later in the week then that could properly be referred to as an added game because it was not originally on the schedule.
Though it isn’t always the case - especially with the second example of added games - you typically will find that books will only take single bets on added games, and will not let them be included in exotics like parlays.
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