Fractional odds are usually given as a win/loss ratio for the team. For example, a team that is favored 15/1, that would mean out of sixteen games the team would win once. Fractional odds can be confusing to look at but, there is a way to make it easier by converting them into percentages.

To change the fractional odd to a percentage, you add the right hand side to the left hand side and then divide the right hand side with that number.

With a 15/1 fraction odd, you’re looking at 16 games. Take the 1 and divide it by 16 for a decimal of .0625 which gets multiplied by 100 for a percentage of 6.25%.

If the team is being quote as 5/4, then once again we can add the right hand side to the left and divide the right hand side to by the result. So, 4/9 x 100 = 44.4%

If a team is quoted as odds on, the process is the same. So, say a team is 1:2 on. We add the right to the left and divide the result into the right. So, (2 / (1 + 2) x 100 = 66,67%.

Let’s take a soccer game for another example. With Burnley’s odds 23/20 in the English League and Southampton’s odds at 2/3, who has the upper hand? Burnley’s 23 losses to 20 wins will create the fraction, 20/43. So by dividing that and converting the decimal, we end up with the bookies implying that Burnley has a 46% chance of winning. If we take Southampton’s 2/3, that would mean there is a 3 over 5 fraction. So the formula of 3/5=0.6*100=60% chance of Southampton winning.

What about a golf game? The fractions are still laid out the same with wins and losses. But, monetarily speaking, if you have 8/1 odds on a golfer, that means $100 will be multiplied by $800 for your profit. The better a golfer is doing will result in a lower number on the left hand side. Luke Donald is 4/1 so, for every $100 there will be $400 made in profit if he wins. If you’re looking for a long shot, go with the golfer that’s got 150/1 because you’ll be looking at $1500 for every $100 that you bet. Converting those fractional odds to percentage odds is the same as mentioned up above. For fractional odds of 4/1, divide the win by the total number and convert the decimal to a percentage. The formula is 1/5=.2*100=20%. It may not sound like much but, for a $5 bet on 20%, you’ll get $25 whereas as $5 bet on 4%, you’re looking at winning $125.

# Converting Fractional Odds To Percentage Odds

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