You can bet on a game as soon as the line comes out for that particular game. If you get a number you like, then be sure to get your bet in early on that game before the line moves. However, if you believe the line is not in your favor right now and will only get better as time goes on, then it’s usually a good move to wait.
How long can you wait to bet on a game? Well, you can actually wait up until the first play of that game goes off. In baseball, you will be able to bet up until the first pitch is thrown. In basketball, you can get your bets in any time up until the opening tip-off. And in football, your wagers will be accepted until opening kick off.
I sell sports picks for a living, and many of my clients would like to know how long they have to get their bets in when they buy the picks. Hopefully this helps you understand that you have up until the last second to get your bets in. Most of the time I’ll put mine in right away since I believe I have the best of the number and the chances are that the line is going to move the other way.
But, there are times when I will wait as well when I know the betting public is all over one side and I’m only going to get a better line if I wait. The times I like to wait are in football when the line is right around the key numbers of 3 and 7. If I’m looking to bet a an underdog at +3 and the line is currently +2.5, I’ll wait. I’ll also wait on underdogs of +6.5 hoping they go to +7. It does you no good to bet at +2.5 and +6.5 if you have a chance of getting a key number by waiting.