Odds are numbers, which are used to calculate how much you can win at a given stake. In general the rule is the higher odds the lower probability of winning. Online bookmakers operate with three different types of odds. Depending on which markets the bookmaker targets, they are offering odds in Decimal, American or British type. The best bookmakers in the market will probably offer you the possibility to choose the format you like. Decimal odds - European style: Decimal format is most common one. The odds show how many units the bookmaker pays out per unit staked. Decimal odds are usually presented with 2 decimals, sometimes with 3 (at Pinnacle Sports for example). How this works? Let's look at example. Let's say that we have placed a 100 bet on Manchester United against Liverpool at odds 1.80. PAYOUT: 100 * 1.80 = 180 PROFIT: 180 - 100 = 80 Very easy to calculate! That is why decimal profit is most common format at online bookmakers. UK odds - Fraction format: UK odds shows the profit that you will have if your bet win. Almost all British bookmakers still keep this format as very popular in UK. It is very easy to convert UK odds to decimal odds. All you have to do is add 1 to UK odds and you will get decimal ones. That is how you will easily calculate payout. Profit calculation is even more easy. You will calculate your profit if you multiply stake with UK odds. Example: Let's say that we have placed a 100 bet on Manchester United against Liverpool at odds 4/5. PAYOUT: 100 * (1+ 4/5) = 180 PROFIT: 100 * 4/5 = 80 American format: Americans have to be different then Europeans in every way. Their odds are real nightmare for anyone who have ever used Decimal or UK format. First of all, there are two types of American odds, positive (E.g 250) or negative (E.g -250). Positive American odds The positive odds show you how much you will profit from a stake of $100. If your stake is 100$ then it is easy to calculate the winnings. But since we don't place that kind of bets all the time, let's see how to calculate the payout and profit with normal stake. PAYOUT: Stake x (1 + US odds/100) PROFIT: Stake x US odds/100 Example: 50$ bet on draw at odds +250 PAYOUT: 50$ x (1 + 250/100) = 175$ PROFIT: 50$ x 250/100 = 125$ Negative American odds The negative odds show you how much you need to stake to win $100. Formula for payout and profit calculation would be: PAYOUT: Stake x (1 + 100/US odds) PROFIT: Stake x 100/US odds Example: 50$ bet on Home win at odds -250 PAYOUT: 50$ x (1 + 100/250) = 70$ PROFIT: 50$ x 100/250 = 20$ We hope that you can do this without calculator in your hand :-) We couldn't. But I guess Americans are smarter then us :-)

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