A “unit” in sports
betting is a measurement of the size of someone’s bet. Because
everyone has different sized bankrolls for sports betting, using
the term unit is a way for us to show your profit or loss in
Someone who is betting
$10,000 per bet against the spread in NFL and is up $18,000
on the season isn’t nearly as impressive as someone who bets
$10 per bet against the spread and is up $180 on the season.
Using units gives
us a tool to keep track of profits and losses without the dollar
value. Because basic sports betting strategy tells us that you
should be betting somewhere between 1-10% of your bankroll on
each wager, it is generally accepted that a unit is equal to
approximately 1% of your bankroll. Nothing is set on stone with
this, but that is an easy way to calculate a single unit.
Using the above
formula, someone who has a $1,000 bankroll should be betting
$10 per unit, while someone with a $50,000 bankroll would be
betting $500 per unit. Using the bankroll management strategy
that recommends 1-10% of your bankroll on each bet you would
essentially want to bet between 0.1-11 “units”. All sports handicappers
in the directory will release their picks ranging between 0.1-11
units risked. The 1-5 unit picks are more of the average pick,
while the 6-11 unit picks are the big moves where the handicapper
feels they have found a lot of value on a certain play.
If a handicapper
makes a 5 unit pick and you had a $1,000 sports betting bankroll
you would be risking 5% (5 units) or $50 on the pick.
When a handicapper
is +25 units over the last 30-days, what does that mean? This
would be a measurement of his success over the last 30-day period.
Referring to being +25 units means he is “plus” 25x whatever
1 unit is to him. This could be +$25 for someone, while it could
be +$25,000 for another.
How can a handicapper
with a 25-32 record be +15 units? It is possible to have a sub
.500 record but still be up units if you are betting on underdog
or “plus money” selections. For example, picking only NFL underdogs
on the money line could lead to a negative record but profits
on the season. A handicapper can also be up units with a sub
.500 record using unit management.
By default, we
rank sports handicapping services by most units gained on our