ROI vs Yield – what’s the difference?

ROI and Yield are a couple of the most important metrics in sports betting. In this FAQ, you will get to know what they mean and why they are important if you want to become a profitable sports bettor.

ROI – Return On Investment

ROI in sports betting is a measure of how much your bankroll increased during a specific period. This could for example be one month, one year or even since the beginning of your betting career.

ROI will typically increase over time, whereas Yield will stay roughly the same.

How do you calculate ROI?

Calculating your ROI is pretty straight forward. Just divide your Total profit with your Starting bankroll.

Example: You have made a profit of €900 and started with a €3,000 bankroll. To calculate your ROI: 900 / 3,000 = 0.30 = 30%. This means that your ROI would be 30% in this case.

Note: In RebelBetting, we show the ROI for each individual value- or sure bet. In this context, ROI shows how much you will profit by betting on one value bet or sure bet, compared to the money invested (the total stake).

Yield – Return per bet

Yield, in sports betting terms, means how much you profit per bet, or per unit invested (what you staked).

Your Yield is a measure on how efficient your betting is. It doesn’t take the size of your bankroll into account, so it’s a good relative number to compare with other trading strategies, or other users.

Also, Yield doesn’t change depending on bankroll and will typically not increase over time, as ROI does.

How to calculate Yield?

Calculating Yield in sports betting is also very easy. You just divide your Total profit with your Total stake (or turnover).

Example: As in the previous example, your Total profit is  €900. To achieve this profit, you have staked a total of €20,000. To calculate your Yield: 900 / 20,000 = 0.045 = 4.5%. This means that your ROI would be 4.5% in this case.

Equally important – the Closing Line Value (CLV)

Another equally important metric to measure if your betting is profitable is the closing line value or CLV.

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