What is a Hot Game?
In sports betting, a hot game is one which is attracting most of the money to one side of the line. This might be due to mismatched teams so that one is strongly favored, and usually, occurs when the bookmaker misjudges their line and sets the odds too high or too low – making the bet very desirable for the punter. However, the term can also describe games where the odds are fairly balanced, but one side is picking up more of the action than the other. For this reason, hot games are not always a good bet for the player.
Hot Game Explained
If a bettor or bookmaker describes a match as a ‘hot game’, they usually mean a bet which is attracting a lot of money to one side of the line. Hot games might attract an unusually high amount of bets, perhaps because gamblers feel the bookmaker has disadvantaged themselves. A game where the bookie has misjudged the line and set the odds too high or too low is often referred to as a ‘hot game’. If the odds are in the player’s favor, that bet is likely to attract a lot of interest and could potentially mean a loss for the book’s operator.
However, ‘hot games’ can also mean bets on match-ups that have been fairly balanced, but which have a clear favorite who drops the odds so low the wager has no value. Hot games like these are best avoided, as the player will want to make some profit on their bet instead of picking up an easy even payout.
In the casino, games, where one or more players are using dishonest methods to cheat or gain an advantage, might be referred to as ‘hot games’. Some players also use ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ to describe the flow of luck, and therefore might refer to a ‘hot game’ as one which is producing a lot of winners, or being particularly lucky for that player.