Official betting is a wager on the outcome of a particular event or game. This includes money lines, totals, run lines and spreads. It also encompasses inning bets, which are placed on how many innings of a game will be played. If a bet wins, the winnings are then put into an official pool. The odds for each horse on a race day are then adjusted based on the amount of money that is placed in the bets. For example, if there is a lot of money in the pools for one horse, the odds will be lowered. This is why it’s important to keep track of morning lines released by a racetrack before the day of a race.
As sports betting becomes more prevalent in the US, professional leagues are increasing their visibility into bets made on their games. They work with regulators, sportsbooks and integrity firms to monitor betting activity and catch offenders. In addition to beefing up in-house technology, they’re collaborating with partners to create a network that can identify tampering and suspicious betting behavior.
Players are allowed to place bets on non-NFL events with legal sportsbooks, but they are prohibited from placing any wagers while inside team or league facilities or when traveling with their teams. They must sign a statement acknowledging the rules governing gambling, which is part of the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league. They are also required to be in the presence of a licensed gambling expert to make sure they understand the rules.