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What is the Spread?



Bit confused as to what the spread is for?

Enter the spread for the HOME team. If your source gives you a spread for the visitor, simply use the same spread number but change the + or - eg, if visitor spread is -3.5 set home spread to 3.5. NOTE: Use the - (minus) symbol for negative spreads. For positive, just enter the number without the + sign.

I just want my players to pick a team to win each week, when would I use the spread?

And my source? Is who lol.

Cheers in advance
If you don't know what a SPREAD is, its safe to say that you won't be using SPREAD POOLS, so you can just ignore it.

A Spread is a popular way of Sports Betting (hence why I have Spread Pools in Pickem). WHen you have some spare time, read this: What Is Point Spread Betting? | How To Bet On The Spread

Never head of it tbh, is it like ~UK odds?

Happy to ignore it, basically all i want is my users to pick the outcome of a game, thanks bob
Never head of it tbh, is it like ~UK odds?
Spread is the most popular betting term on the planet ;) Its hard to find a Sportsbook that doesn't take bets off the Spread.

Here are some upcoming Premier league matches. You can see that there is a SPREAD column with some numbers in it.. what do they mean. Well, the first numbers are the Spread -2.0 and +2.0. The numbers in the () are the money line (which determines the payout. That link I posted the an article about Spread betting is pretty informative.


Here are some upcoming NFL games and you can see the basically the same thing.

The way Spreads work in Pickem is like this...

Lets take the Bills at the Jets. In Pickem, you enter the spread of the HOME team into the game, so you'd enter -3.5.

So they play the game and the score is Jets 10, Bills 7. In Pickem (straight up), the Jets WIN. However, in a Spread Pool, the spread comes into play, so we take -3.5 from 10 and the Spread Score is Jets 6.5 - Bills 7, so if you picked the Bills to win, you'd get that correct and if you picked the Jets to in, you'd get it incorrect.

Its a pretty simple concept once you understand it and it makes Pickem a lot more fun (and very Challenging).