What are units and how does it work?

Units, as it pertains to sports betting in general, is a common way to keep track of bets, profits and losses without the dollar value. The value of a unit can vary between person to person, depending on their individual bankroll. A single unit (1u) is the baseline amount of money you place on any given wager.

Read more from our Betting Guide: What is a Unit in Sports Betting?

For Quick Picks

We require unit wagers for Quick Picks to remove the element of real money, which keeps everyone on an equal playing field for the accuracy competition. Users and experts select a wager on a Unit scale of 1 to 3 for each pick they make. This effectively signifies their confidence in the pick, with 1 unit representing the lowest possible confidence and 3 units indicating a big play where they see a lot of value.

For Moneyline bets, we consider the vig (juice) of each game when calculating units won. Let’s say the Browns are -220 vs. the Titans and you place 2 units on the Browns. If the Browns win you would earn approximately 0.91 units (2 / 2.2). In other words, you need to risk 2.2 units to win 1 unit based on the odds. On the flip side, if you pick the Titans (+188) with 3 units and the Titans win the game, you would earn 5.64 units (3 x 1.88). Every unit wagered in this scenario earns 1.88 units. 

This system of units helps to properly set the risks and rewards of picking Favorites vs. Underdogs and requires you to be strategic with your picks.

For Custom Picks

You have the option to risk units or dollars for each pick. The amount that you risk or wager is not restricted to the same 1-3 unit scale as Quick Picks, giving you the flexibility and freedom to input your private picks however you’d like.

You can also configure your default risk and more in the Pick Settings.

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