A Chalk and a Pick ‘Em Game Explained

A Chalk and a Pick ‘Em Game Explained

New bettors are usually asked to start slow, and a more cautious approach would be placing money on teams or players picked to win – the favorites. This is where a “chalk” comes in.
But what happens when the two sides have been tagged by sportsbooks as almost carrying equal odds of winning? There’s no chalk in there, but punters now have to still deal with choosing a bet in a “Pick ‘Em” game.
So how do bettors spot a chalk? And if there are no chalks, how do punters take sides between two teams with virtually equal odds of winning? Check out the signs of marking a pick ’em and decide whether to still place bets or not.

CHALKS SPOTTED IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS WITH MULTIPLE GAMES

The heavy favorite is basically the chalk of a certain game. Chalks could be determined by its seeding or if such a team with an impressive lineup is the host squad and enjoying home court advantage to start a playoff series.
The concept of a chalk may have gone from way back in horse racing, where the name of the horse that constantly gets lots of action among sports bettors is marked by chalk on the board. Odds then were written on chalkboards as digital technology was non-existent back then.
The “March Madness” in US college basketball and teams playing in NFL Sunday usually determines several chalks in their respective divisions or conferences that most of them emerge victorious after the first round. It’s different in the first round of the NBA playoffs, where the top seeds go through a best-of-seven series before emerging as the winners, thus possible upsets get in the way.

BET ON CHALKS TO RAISE BANKROLL

Punters placing their money on the favorites are not risk-takers, especially to those who wager USD10 on a -500 odds moneyline bet, as this will only get them to earn USD2. A bet on chalks might not give bettors a high payout, but a series of victories can lead them to small profits that enable them to build a bigger bankroll. A bigger bankroll emboldens bettors to take more risks in possible future bets.
As sports betting continues to evolve in the digital age and make them more available online and through smartphones, bettors can now have extensive research and access the necessary data to make sure they pick the right chalk.
It always helps for punters to be students of the game, the nerdy type who takes time to check on their favorite sports league’s websites to constantly check on the current team standings and determine that one or a couple of squads that’s n a roll, beating one team after another and having a winning streak going but remains a few victories short of clinching a playoff spot. Statistics don’t lie, and they make a fair gauge of the favorites that assure bettors of a series of victories over the sportsbooks.

CLOSE CALL IN PICK 'EM

If choosing the right chalk can guarantee a certain win among bettors, how do punters decide on two teams with virtually the same odds of winning? This is where bettors have to make the right call in a “pick ’em” game.
A pick ’em is basically a game where no team is favored to win a certain match. The point spread is zero, while the moneyline for each side is the same. Sportsbooks have their reasons for marking a match as a pick ‘em game. For example, the Brooklyn Nets may be riding on a five-game winning streak on the road with a complete lineup led by Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, but they are playing at the Chicago Bulls, who are carrying a six-game home winning streak. And since the Nets visit the Bulls, bookmakers are convinced that both teams have equal chances of winning.
Some bettors avoid the pick ’em games because either way, half of the teams would win half of these games. But some punters take the one-point favorite of a certain team to place a bet despite getting only a small profit of victory.

CHALKS FOR SAFE BETS, RISK-TAKERS IN PICK 'EM GAMES

It is, therefore, safe to say that there is hardly any chance to spot a chalk in a pick ’em game. Unless if a pick ’em suddenly turns into a “circled game,” one a superstar player cannot play after concealing a major injury from his team’s previous game. In that case, the other team suddenly becomes a chalk – or basically the favorite.
A chalk and a pick ’em game may be two contrasting terms in sports betting, but both could serve well to two different types of punters. Bettors who want to start off their young sports betting career with a series of small wins in games by picking chalks to enable them to raise their deep pockets and eventually to take on bigger risks in the future. Once they reach that point, they can still choose their sides even in pick ’em games – like researching on the intangibles of a certain team or just plain gut feel.
Sportsbooks and bettors simply cannot avoid chalks in any sport – the same can be said of bookmakers marking ‘pick ’em games on some marquee matchups which they felt are too close to call in determining a winner. Either way, punters still hold their fate, as with proper guidance, research, and experience, they can still emerge victoriously and become better bettors for years to come.
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