Bet On a Parlay Now!
Close Call Parlays are parlay bets that "almost" win, that is, instead of hitting 5 out of 5 teams, or 4 out of 4 teams, the sportsbook will award a winning bet to 4 out of 5 correct teams, or 3 our 4 correct teams, respectively. Close call parlays come with special terms and restrictions per sportsbook.
Let's face it, Parlay bets are a tough gig to win. The more teams you bet, the greater the chance you'll probably lose, and frequent parlay betting can be a slow bleed for your bankroll. Enter the concept of "close call" parlays, a betting option that some sportsbooks offer to players who miss their parlay bet by one and sometimes two teams, depending of course on the the total number of teams in the parlay.
For example, suppose you've placed a bet for a 5 team parlay, and your sportsbook pays out for "close call" parlays. Now, let's suppose you only guessed 4 out of 5 teams correctly. Instead of losing your entire bet outright (which would happen under normal parlay conditions), your sportsbook will modify its odds on the 4 of 5 correct teams, and offer you a payout amount. It goes without saying that a close call parlay payout amount is MUCH smaller than if you got the entire parlay correct, but hey, it's better to get some money from the sportsbook opposed to nothing.
Overall, close call parlays come with some restrictions that differ per sportsbook. The most obvious restriction is the bare minimum number of teams you can bet in a parlay and still qualify for a "close call payout". In other words, there are no close call parlays on a two team parlay. That would be ridiculous; and there are rarely close call parlay payouts on 3 team parlay bets. Instead, you'll have to wager on at minimum 4 or more teams, and, as mentioned before, accept a significantly smaller payout if you miss by one team. Some sportsbooks might offer close call parlays that miss by 2 teams, only if you're wagering on 8 or more teams in your parlay bet.
The following is a sample Close Call Parlay payout card, courtesy of www.vip.com:
So, by this example and it's rules and conditions, close call parlays are "closely" monitored by sportsbooks to make sure sharp players aren't taking advantage of the system. A cynical examination of the rules above might suggest that the only time you'll get a close call parlay promotion is if you're a BIG loser...but generally speaking, most players, even first time depositors, are offered close call parlays as long as the wager amount is reasonable. If you think you're going to walk away with $100K on a close call parlay, think again: Most sportsbooks cap parlay payout amounts, and will only change these amounts for VIP players and other high rollers. After all, you do want to get paid, right? Have fun, bet your parlays, and if you miss by one team, you might still win! Good Luck!
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