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How To Gamble: Baseball


To bet on baseball, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager.

If your team wins the match, you win. The payout varies according to the odds posted. Baseball odds are shown using a “Money Line.”

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1. A”minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a popular. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.


Pitcher listed is starting pitcher

Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

The Braves’ odds are -120, meaning a $12 bet would win $10, for a return of $22. The Dodgers’ odds are +110, meaning a $10 bet would win $11, for a return of $21.

On Today’s Line we use a different format, the idea is exactly the same. You will not find the odds for the Underdog. The Underdog’s odds are based on what the casino has for its line. Most use a”Dime Line” or something close to that.
You’ve just seen an example of a dime line.
Braves -120
Dodgers +110

Here are just two more examples of a dime line and a 20-cent line. See whether you can tell them apart.

Braves -105
Dodgers -105

Braves -120
Dodgers Even

You can arrive at the underdog’s price by looking at the favorite’s line. Dime lines are slowly disappearing as sports books look to make a larger profit during what is traditionally the slowest betting season. Several books still offer dime lines.

Money lines change constantly. The listed money line the time you make your bet may be different from the money line once the game starts. The listed line on your ticket is your official odds, unless starting pitcher is changed. This is explained later.

Total: Total runs scored in a game. Also referred to as the over/under.

You may wager that the entire score of this match will be more or less than the number listed. It makes no difference which team wins. Simply add the final scores of each team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. (-110)

Note: When betting a total, these rules apply:
(a) The game must go nine innings, or 8??1/2 innings if the home team wins.
(b) Both listed pitchers must begin the game.
If either does not happen, the bet is refunded.

All runs scored in extra innings count in over/under stakes.

Baseball Run Lines

The run line: a point spread of 1??1/2 given to a baseball game.

A favorite must win by 2 runs or more, or the underdog must either:
(a) Win the game.
(b) Must lose by just 1 run.
The payout varies according to the money line odds assigned to each outcome.

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