What Is a ‘Lock’ in Sports Betting?


A lock in betting is a selection or a wager where the bettor is absolutely certain that they are going to win. You’ll often see ‘locks’ being spoken about by people who make a number of betting predictions – usually cappers or media personalities. These people may make multiple picks, but the lock is the selection that they have the utmost confidence in and would encourage others to back.

Is a Lock Bet Completely Guaranteed?

In short – no! One of the main reasons that people love sports is because of underdog stories and upsets, while sportsbooks wouldn’t make so much money if it was so easy to pick an easy winner each time. There is no industry standard, but if a capper has a success rate of over 80% with their locks then that’s a very strong return.