How to Bet for the First Time on the NFL

Steve O Speak

NFL betting is a popular hobby in the United States. If you want to learn how to do it for the first time, the tips and tricks in this article have you covered.

Betting has become a huge part of NFL culture. According to the American Gambling Association, more than 45 million – yep, million – Americans plan to bet on NFL games this year, which is a 36% increase from the year before. But why is this? It’s simple, really:

  • NFL games are easier to watch and stream
  • Almost every American now owns a smartphone, which makes betting on the go a piece of cake

So, if you’re a newbie to the world of betting who’s eager to learn, here are some top tips and tricks for betting on the NFL:

Join a Betting Website or App

Before placing any bets, you need to have an account on a licensed NFL betting platform.

There are lots of popular sportsbooks to choose from, so dedicate a little bit of time to comparing them.

Ideally, you should join a betting website or app that has a high star rating, excellent choice of bonuses, and a proven track record when it comes to customer service. This way, you’ll be happy and will have a smooth NFL betting experience.

Bonus Tip: When making an account, turn on two-factor authentication and choose a strong password. This is because you will need to register your credit or debit card with your chosen website.

Memorize the Different Types of NFL Bets

Like with most sports, there are a variety of bets you can place – and it’s no different with American Football and the NFL. Here are the most popular types of bets:

  • Moneyline
  • Point Spread
  • Over/Under
  • Live Bets

Moneyline bets are perfect for beginners because they’re a simple wager of which team you think is going to win. Imagine this game next season for a second:

LA Rams vs NY Giants

If you think the LA Rams are going to win, you can place a simple moneyline bet that they will. With most sportsbooks, you will need to bet a minimum of $1 to do this.

Place Your Minimum Deposit

After joining any betting website or app, nine times out of 10, you will need to place a minimum deposit into your account. Usually, this will be somewhere between $5 and $20.

A minimum deposit exists so that people aren’t betting in super low amounts. Also, it encourages people to remain loyal to one platform rather than opening accounts with various different betting websites.

Be Above the Legal Gambling Age

Don’t go through all of this preparation unless you’re above the legal gambling age in your country.

In the US, the legal gambling age is 21 years old. If you’re anything below this, you’ll have to wait a little longer before you can bet on the NFL for the first time.

In most European countries, the legal gambling age ranges from 18 to 21 years old.

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