Sports betting language in the U.S. vs Europe 

The U.S. is an interesting place for many iGaming operators at the moment. It’s one of the fastest growing markets around the world, bringing in a large share of the profits worldwide.

However, there are many things to think about when expanding your iGaming business to the U.S. market. Language is one of them. There are many differences to be found between sports betting terms across countries, and knowing this is key if you want your iGaming business to succeed in this market.

This overview is everything you need to know when it comes to sports betting terms used in the U.S. as opposed to the English terms used in Europe. 


Parlay (U.S.)/Accumulator (UK): These wagers consist of two or more selections and each side must win (or push) to create a winning ticket. 

Exotic wager (U.S.)/Novelty bets (UK): This is a bet on a non-sporting event such as the U.S. Presidential election.

Half time bet (U.S.)/Second half bet (UK): A wager focussed on the result of the second half in a sports match.

Handle (U.S.)/Total stake (UK): Total amount bet by all gamblers and accepted by sportsbooks on any single event.

Even money (U.S.)/Evens (UK): Any wager that returns the same amount as the original stake.

In-play betting (U.S.)/Live betting (UK): Betting on markets while the game is currently being played.

Straight bet (U.S.)/Single (UK): Any single game wager that’s placed on a moneyline, spread or game total option.

Push (U.S.)/Void bet (UK): Designates when there’s no winner for betting purposes.

Line (U.S.)/Price (UK): Odds or points spread on an event.

Correlated Parlay (U.S.)/Related Contingencies (UK): A multiple bet where selections are related to each other.

Exacta (U.S.)/Straight forecast (UK): A betting term commonly used in horse racing to predict the exact order of first and second-place finishers.

In the money (U.S.)/Placed (UK): Pertains to competitors in a race that has finished at a designated position.

Are you looking to expand your business in the U.S.? Andrew Foster, Enteractive’s CBO, would love to talk to you about retaining players in this market. Connect with him at to discuss the opportunities.