To bet the opposite of an original bet to offset the possible loss on the original action
. Hedge can be used as a noun or a verb.
Hedging is usually done for defensive purposes, like if you've already hit the first 10 games on an 11-team parlay
. The hedge would be betting the opposite of the 11th team you took in the original parlay bet
. That way, if the 11th team loses and you lose your parlay, you'll still win money on the "hedge" bet to make up for it.
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