How to Use Odds Boosts, Responsibly

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Sol Fayerman-Hansen
Sol Fayerman-Hansen
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Paruyr Shahbazyan
Last Updated: May 27, 2024, 3:03 PM

All About Odds Boosts

Odds boosts are a popular feature at online sportsbooks, designed to attract bettors by offering enhanced odds on specific events, teams, or betting markets. This promotional strategy increases potential winnings without altering the stake, making certain bets more appealing. While odds boosts can offer genuine value, their smart and responsible use is crucial for maintaining a healthy betting practice. This guide delves into the strategic use of odds boosts, highlighting how to benefit from them while adhering to responsible betting principles, supplemented by examples from the industry.

Pros and Cons of Odds Boosts


  • Higher Returns: The most immediate benefit is the potential for higher returns on your bets without an increased stake.
  • Market Exploration: Odds boosts can encourage exploration of new betting markets you might not have considered otherwise.
  • Value Betting: When used wisely, odds boosts can offer genuine value, providing an edge over the sportsbook.


  • Impulse Betting Risk: The limited-time nature of odds boosts can pressure bettors into hasty decisions, potentially leading to regrettable bets.
  • Limited Selection: The sportsbook selects the bets for odds boosts, which may not always align with your betting strategy or preferences.
  • Stake Limitations: The maximum stake on odds-boosted bets is often capped, limiting the potential benefit for some bettors.

Understanding Odds Boosts

Odds boosts are promotions where a sportsbook offers increased odds for a specific bet, making the potential payout higher than usual. These boosts can apply to a wide range of sports and betting types, including single bets, parlays, and prop bets. The enhanced odds are usually available for a limited time and may be tied to particular events or outcomes.

Key Features of Odds Boosts

  • Enhanced Payouts: By boosting the odds, sportsbooks increase the potential return on a bet without requiring a higher stake.
  • Limited Availability: Odds boosts are typically offered on specific bets for a short duration, often around major sporting events.
  • Bet Restrictions: There may be limits on the stake you can place on an odds-boosted bet, ensuring that the promotion remains financially viable for the sportsbook.

Strategies for Responsible Use

  • Selective Betting: Only use odds boosts on bets you were already considering. Don't let the promotion dictate your betting choices.
  • Understand the Value: Analyze whether the boosted odds offer real value or if they’re simply drawing attention to a less likely outcome.
  • Maintain Your Budget: Stick to your predetermined betting budget, even when tempted by seemingly attractive odds boosts.
  • Research Is Key: Do your homework on the events or outcomes being boosted to ensure your bet is informed and not just swayed by enhanced odds.
  • Avoid Impulse Betting: Given their time-sensitive nature, odds boosts can lead to impulsive betting decisions. Take a moment to consider each bet's potential value and risks.

Examples of Odds Boosts

  1. DraftKings Sportsbook: Regularly offers odds boosts on major league sports, such as enhanced odds for a specific player to score the first touchdown in an NFL game or for a team to win by a certain margin.
  2. FanDuel Sportsbook: Features daily odds boosts across various sports, including basketball, football, and baseball. For instance, boosting the odds for a combined bet like both teams to score and the total points in an NBA game.
  3. BetMGM: Provides "Lion's Boosts" for select events, which might include increased odds for a home team win in MLB or for a specific fighter to win by knockout in a boxing match.

Final Thoughts

Odds boosts, when approached with a disciplined and informed strategy, can enrich the sports betting experience by offering the chance for higher payouts on selected events. However, the allure of enhanced odds should never compromise the principles of responsible betting. By being selective, sticking to a budget, and conducting thorough research, bettors can integrate odds boosts into their overall betting approach effectively. Remember, the goal of betting should always be to enjoy the game responsibly, with odds boosts serving as an occasional enhancement rather than the foundation of your betting strategy.

Meet Our Authors

Paruyr Shahbazyan began his business career in 2000 as a private entrepreneur. Over thirteen years, he developed a deep understanding for business and leadership, laying a solid foundation for his professional journey.

In 2013, Paruyr stepped into the sports and betting industry as the founder and president of Bookmaker Rating. This online mass media platform, which he led until 2020, focused on providing in-depth analysis and insights in sports betting, earning a reputation for its quality content. 

Continuing his innovative approach in 2022, Paruyr co-founded Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol. This venture showcases his dedication to integrating advanced technology in the evolving landscape of sports betting. Through these diverse experiences, Paruyr has continuously influenced and shaped the betting industry, driving new trends and setting high standards.

Engaged in private entrepreneurship2000-2013
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Co-founder at Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol2022

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Principles and Ethics

Paruyr Shahbazyan's core beliefs lie in the power of informed decision-making and integrity in the betting industry. He understands that the foundation of successful betting is not just about odds and predictions, but also about the trust and reliability of the information provided. Paruyr advocates for a betting environment where transparency and knowledge are paramount, ensuring that bettors are well-equipped with accurate data and insights.

Strategic Vision

Paruyr's vision is to revolutionize the sports betting industry through the integration of technology. He sees the future of betting as a blend of traditional sports knowledge with innovative tech solutions, like decentralized protocols, to enhance user experience and fairness. His aim is to create platforms that are not only user-friendly but also uphold the highest standards of ethical betting, contributing to a more responsible and enjoyable betting culture.

Future Perspectives

Looking towards the future, Paruyr envisions a betting landscape that is more inclusive, technologically advanced, and globally connected. He anticipates a significant shift towards more decentralized and transparent betting systems, driven by blockchain technology. Paruyr is committed to being at the forefront of this change, continuously exploring new possibilities and innovations that can redefine what it means to engage in sports betting in a digital world. His focus is on building systems that prioritize user empowerment, fairness, and the global growth of the sports betting community.


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