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Sucker bet

A sucker bet is a term used to describe a gambling wager in which your expected return is significantly lower than your wager(s) including:

  • parlays: One bet ticket written with at least two wagers (all must win for the ticket to cash).
  • teaser: A sucker wager that allows bettors to add and subtract points from posted odds.
  • exotic: Any wager other than a straight bet or parlay (also referred to as a proposition or prop).

For example, the chances of correctly guessing the order of the final 3 cards of Faro is usually 1 in 6, yet the bet only pays 4:1 or 5:1. Taking insurance in Blackjack is also often considered a sucker bet.

Sucker bets are often created to lure inexperienced players into betting against large odds, blinded by the offer of "fast money" — hence the name "sucker bet".

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