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Gambling 101: What is Taking Points?

Give and take opportunities are available in a variety of competitions. Gamblers who take points are backing the underdog while bettors who give points are betting on the favorite. Players can take points with basketball and football point spread odds. Run lines are offered in baseball and puck lines are available in hockey. Players who take points receive a “head-start” prior to a competition and their side must win or stay within the spread to cash winning wagers.

How Do Bettors Win When Taking Points?

Different from moneylines, which require selecting a winner without a spread, taking points gives bettors two chances to win.