Betting Totals

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 bet is an overall result of an event counted by the number of goals in football, games in tennis, scores in basketball etc. When you bet on total, it doesn’t matter who wins. It's only important to estimate the total score.

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 passed off.

In the 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 with green). The given total has three scenarios. The 1st – in the first half teams score more than one goal:

For instance, fist-half score is 1:2. Apparently, TO 1 is going to win as 1+2=3 (3>1)

The 2nd – in the second half teams score no goals:

If the game ends in a draw, TU 1 wins (0<1)


And the last is the 3rd – in the first half one goal was scored. 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 has played off.

Among the variety of such bets there is an individual total – scores of one of the teams.

There is also an Asian total, which we’ll highlight in our next articles.

Before making any bets, read the bookmaker’s betting rules! Various bookies have their own nuances that need to be noted.
For instance, Betcity takes into account overtime when betting NHL and CHL. For tennis it has a bit 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 the refusal (disqualification) took place before the game, the odds are equal, except total bets. While Pinnacle in case of refusal or disqualification cancel the total bet. The game should be played to the end in order the total bet to win.

The position of TO and TU may also differ depending on the bookmaker. Betcity TU on the line is situated 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 as in case of 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.