What is One Game Parlay? How to Bet Same Game Parlays

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs a route against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Nahshon Wright (25) during the first half of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Philadelphia. The Cowboys won 51-26. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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What is a parlay?

Parlays have been an exciting and lucrative staple of online sports betting for years. They’re an opportunity for fans to use sports knowledge and online betting expertise to add more excitement to each touchdown, serve, tee shot, or home run. 

Fans can watch as a two-, four-, or 10-leg parlay hits over multiple games across different sports or watch as a One Game Parlay hits during a single game.

What is One Game Parlay?

Also called a same-game parlay or single-game parlay, One Game Parlays allow bettors to combine their favorite bets for one game.

It’s a simple and fast way to bring more thrill and importance to each play of the game regardless of the score or stakes. You can select the winner, game total, and/or player props from a single game and watch from start to finish as your three-leg parlay hits with seconds to spare!

For example, if the Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Dallas Cowboys in a late-season Monday Night Football game with playoff implications, you might bet on the following:

DeVonta Smith: Over 66.5 receiving yards

Cowboys: Score the game’s first touchdown

Eagles: Over 1.5 field goals

With +900 odds, this bet could return $100 (including stake) on a $10 bet. 

Why Bet a One Game Parlay?

There are various reasons why sports bettors place One Game Parlay bets.

They can provide higher payouts and more excitement over a three-hour NFL game, two-hour and 15-minute NBA game, or one-hour and 50-minute Champions League match. It’s also an opportunity for a quick return.

Instead of waiting hours or days for a multi-game parlay to cash, a One Game Parlay cashes during, for example, the three-hour window of a Monday Night Football game. And in the case of MNF, it’s the last opportunity of the weekend for a big NFL payout, as it might’ve been for the Cowboys-Eagles game.

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How to Bet One Game Parlay

To place a One Game Parlay wager at the sportsbook, navigate to the sport, league, or event page and select the game or match you wish to place a bet on. 

“One Game Parlay” is visible for the eligible games and matches.

For the Cowboys-Eagles game, a bettor could select the game from the NFL odds page and, instead of, or in addition to, betting on the spread (Cowboys -2.5), total (48.5) or moneyline (Cowboys -140, Eagles +110, they reviewed other options and ultimately selected the aforementioned three-leg parlay:

DeVonta Smith: Over 66.5 receiving yards

Cowboys: Score the game’s first touchdown

Eagles: Over 1.5 field goals

Perhaps Dak Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb on a 25-yard touchdown on the Cowboys’ opening drive to take a 7-0 lead.

Late in the second quarter, Jake Elliott kicked a 34-yard field goal after an Ezekiel Elliott fumble at the Cowboys’ 29-yard line. The Cowboys took a 10-3 lead into halftime, at which time Smith had two receptions for 31 yards.

On the Eagles’ second possession of the second half – after another Cowboys turnover – DeVonta Smith burned Trevon Diggs for a 47-yard touchdown. And early in the fourth quarter, Elliott’s 48-yard field goal gave the Eagles a 13-10 lead.

A relatively ugly game for casual fans – and a frustrating game for Cowboys’ fans – was highly entertaining for bettors. 

What is One Game Parlay Insurance?

Insurance is your defense for unforeseen outcomes like buzzer-beaters, early-game injuries, and dud performances.

Occasionally offered as a sports betting promotion, parlay insurance protects bettors up to a predetermined amount with predetermined terms and conditions. As exciting as plays like Elliott’s 48-yard field goal are, missing a high-payout parlay by one leg is equally crushing, which makes the insurance a comfortable security blanket for your bets.

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