Have you ever bet on a spread in a game and the team won by that exact amount?
That’s what is called a push. Your team doesn’t win the bet, but you also don’t lose it either.
Let’s break down everything you need to understand about a push in sports betting.
What Is a Push in Sports Betting?
In sports betting, if there is a tie between the bet and the sportsbook, it results in a push where the bet is refunded.
If you bet $10 on a game and the outcome ends up pushing, you would receive the $10 bet back.
There are several different ways that a bet can push, whether it be on a spread, total, moneyline or prop bet.
Let’s use the odds from WynnBET in Super Bowl 56 for the spread example:
Push Example on a Spread in Sports Betting
In Super Bowl 56, the Los Angeles Rams are four-point favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals.
If you decide to bet on the Bengals at +4, and the Rams end up winning the game 24-20, then your bet would push and the original bet would be refunded.
- Bet: Bengals +4
- Final Score: Rams 24, Bengals 20
- Outcome: Push
You can only push on a spread when it is a whole number like this game. If it is 4.5 or 3.5, there is no way to push on the point spread since games don’t have half points.
Push Example on a Total/Over/Under in Sports Betting
So, for this bet to push, the total points in the Pels-Heat game would need to land exactly on 218.
- Bet: Heat-Pelicans OVER 218
- Final Score: Heat 118, Pelicans 100
- Outcome: Push
Push Example on a Moneyline in Sports Betting
There are two things that need to happen for a moneyline bet to be a push.
First, there needs to be a tie in the game. Secondly, there couldn’t be an option to bet on the game ending in a tie.
This usually comes into play when betting on soccer, where a typical moneyline bet offered by the sportsbook includes an option for each team, as well as the draw. This is called a three-way moneyline.
Is a Push a Loss or a Win?
The answer is neither.
For any bet that pushes, the bettor receives their original bet back as if the wager was never placed.
If you are listing your win-loss record as a sports bettor, a push would be listed third (10-8-1).