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We frequently come across the notion of total in our everyday life. Now we’re going to find out what it means regarding bets.

Total is presented by integral or fractional numbers. Most bookmakers indicate it as follows:

**TU** – total under
**TO** – total over

But sometimes total has a bit different notation. For example in 12Bet, TO is expressed in terms of figures – “2.5” and TU just as “u”:

Total bets have their own peculiarities depending on the sport. The simplest example is football. Usually, bookies offer total 2.5 on football. You have to sum up goals of the first and the second team to figure out if the bet has succeeded.

*In case of 1-3 score, TO 2.5 will win, as far as the number of goals is 1+3=4 (4>2.5)*

In case of the same event, 12Bet offers total for the first half (marked green). The given total situation has three scenarios:

1) Teams score more than one goal in the first half:
*For instance, fist-half score is 1-2. Apparently, TO 1 is going to win as 1+2=3 (3>1)*

2) Teams score no goals in the second half:
*If the game ends with a draw, TU 1 wins (0<1)*

3) One goal scored in the first half:
*So, it turns out that the score is equal to Total 1. In such a case, bookies cancel your bet or, in other words, calculate it with 1.*

In tennis, the most common are total bets on games. The way of calculating is similar to the previous one with football.

Let’s sum up the games: 6+3+0+6+3+6=24. Drawing a conclusion, we have to compare total with the number of games. Thus, we may see if our bet succeeded.

Among the variety of such bets there is **Individual total** – totoal score of the team.

There is also **Asian total**, which we’ll highlight in our next article.

Before making any wagers, read the betting rules of the bookmaker! Various bookies have their own nuances that need to be noted.

For instance, Betcity takes into account OT when betting NHL and CHL. For tennis there are different rules: If during the game one of the players refuses to continue (or is disqualified), all the remaining sets and games are counted not in his favor.

Withdrawal in such a case is made according to the given result (score), except the possibility of tiebreak. If disqualification took place before the game, the odds are equal, except total bets. The game should be played till the end in order the total bet to win.

The position of **TO** and **TU** may also differ depending on the bookmaker. TU bet with Betcity is located on the left, TO – on the right. Fonbet has them vice versa. So, be careful, do not make a mistake!

You may go through the previous statistics, make a thorough analysis just like with handicaps. Taking in consideration the maximum number of games in volleyball, the maximum number of sets in tennis for men and women and all other nuances, you are able to bet totals without any hesitations.

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