How To Bet Pleasers

Posted by Alex Murphy on July 27, 2015 in

Pleaser bets, also known as reverse teasers, can be pretty complicated bets, which is why they aren’t recommended for people that are new to the world of sports betting. But, if you know how they work, you can use them to make bets that will provide you with some substantial payouts, and that is what this sportsbetting guide article will try to do.

What Are Pleaser Bets?

Pleaser bets are a type of parlay bet, which means that before you can understand how they work, you must know how parlays work. A brief description of a parlay is a type of bet where you pick two or more teams to win a wager, the more teams you have in your wager, the higher the payout, but all teams must win in order for you to win the bet.


Now that we have gone over what a parlay bet is, it’s time to take a look at pleaser bets and how they work. Pleasers are usually used to bet on basketball and football games, because they involve points. Since they are a type of parlay bet, you can select two or more teams, and if your selections are correct, you win the bet.

This all sounds pretty straightforward, but there is a catch. With pleaser bets, the totals line and point spreads are moved against you, which makes it harder for your selections to be right, and is the reason why a lot of people stay away from them.

How Do Pleasers Work?

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To further illustrate how pleasers work, let’s imagine a situation where you want to place a pleaser bet on some NFL games. The betting lines that are available are:

Denver Broncos +6.5, Seattle Seahawks -6.5, New England Patriots -6.5, San Francisco 49ers +5.5.

In this scenario, you are interested in betting on the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, because you believe they will win and cover the spread. If you were to place a regular two team parlay on the teams, you will need the Seahawks to win by seven points, and the Patriots to win by six points in order to win your bet.

If you were to place a two team pleaser bet on both teams, using a seven point pleaser bet for example, the lines will shift for both teams by seven points. The Seahawks will have to win by 13.5 points, while the Patriots will have to win by 12.5 points in order for you to win your bet.

Why Take A Pleaser Bet?


The chances of you winning the seven point pleaser bet with both teams aren’t very high, but sometimes, the possibility of a big payout makes it worth taking a chance. If you bet $50 on a regular two team parlay, your payout will be about $180, but if you bet the same $50 on the seven point pleaser bet, your payout will be $450.

If you prefer to bet on game totals rather than on point spreads, the principle remains the same. If you are placing a bet on the game total going over 60.5 and use a seven point pleaser bet, the line will shift to 67.5, which means that the teams have to finish with 68 points or more in order for you to win the bet. If you pick the under, the line will shift to 53.5 points.

There are a few variables to consider when placing pleaser bets like the number of points you want to move the point spread or total line by, the number of selections you make, and the potential payouts that you can earn.

The options you have when it comes to the number of points you can move the line by are between six and 10 points in football, and four to five points in basketball. In football, the most popular pleaser bets are six and seven point pleasers, and in basketball, the 5 point pleasers are very popular. The higher the points you take in a pleaser bet, the bigger the risk you assume, and the bigger the payout as well.

As previously mentioned, pleaser bets are hard bets to win, but that shouldn’t discourage you from giving it a try from time to time, especially when you know that you have a good chance to win it.