The Professional Fighters League has announced a multi-year partnership with DraftKings, making the betting firm the “Official Sportsbook and Daily Fantasy Partner of the PFL.” Using PFL’s exclusive SmartCage Technology, which captures real-time data and performance analytics, PFL and Draftkings will be able to broadcast metrics like punch speed, fighter tracking, kick speed, heart rate, and caloric burn as the fights are taking place. This new and unique technology, along with the PFL’s already innovative tournament structure, will make for an enhanced and exciting betting experience this season.
That said, here is a primer on the popular betting types you can play with throughout the PFL matchups:
The moneyline bet is the classic wager on who will win a fight. To make a moneyline bet, it helpful to consider several factors about fighters, like the pros and cons of their fighting styles, any possible injuries, the location they’re fighting in (altitude and distance traveled factor into performance), the type of ring or cage, and their past performances. Betting on an underdog yields bigger winnings than on a favorite, but, of course, it’s more of a risk.
Total rounds are over/under wagers on the number of rounds a fight will last before a victor is declared. When you wager this way, you have to decide if the fights will end before or after a specific round, but you don’t have to specify which fighter will win. This is one of the most popular wagers in all of sports.
This is a betting type specific to MMA, where bets are placed on how the victor will win the fight, not which fighter will win. There are three victory methods: knockout, submission, and judge decision (score). If the odds for a submission win are +130 and you bet $100 on a submission, you’d win $130 if, say, Kayla Harrison beats Mariana Morais.
A parlay bet includes placing a bet on the outcomes of multiple fights. Winning a parlay bet requires all outcomes to be selected correctly. While riskier than other betting types, there’s potential for a much bigger payoff if you win.
Prop bets are bets related to specific outcomes in a given match. You can bet on the length of a fight, the speed of a kick, and even the amount of energy exerted by a fighter during a bout. With SmartCage technology providing real-time data, it will now be possible to place wagers on outcomes that were previously impossible to measure. PFL is thus set up nicely for prop bets, which are widely considered to be the most fun kind of bet!
If you’re looking for an exciting, edge-of-your-seat way to bet, doing it in-game is the way to go. With PFL’s SmartCage technology, this will be an especially engaging way to bet on the fights.
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