What Is a Pick (or Pick ‘Em) in Sports Betting?

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Nov 28, 2023, 12:21 PM

In sports betting, a pick ’em is any two-way contest where both teams have roughly equal odds to win the game. 

There is no point spread to consider in such a game – bettors must merely pick which team (or player) they think will win. Hence, a pick or pick ’em.

Teams and players priced as a pick may often be represented as pk. So, if the Texans are playing the Jaguars, and the football odds price the game as a pick ’em, a Texans bettor might represent his bet as Texans pk

Can You Push on a Pick ’Em Bet?

Technically, bettors can push on a pick ’em bet if it’s a two-way bet that ends in a tie. So pushes are possible, but only if the bet is a pick ’em in a sport that ends in a tie.

Pick ’em bets in college football and college basketball, for example, could never end in a push. However, two-way NFL bets could.

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.