How to Bet on Baseball

writer the number of the team you wish to bet and the amount of your wager. The payoff on a winning selection varies according to the odds.

Example:
Bet Number   |   Team  |  Starting Pitcher  |  Odds   |  Total
101 | Giants |  Marichal  | +120 |  7 1/2 Ov -110
102 | Dodgers | Koufax  |  -130 |  Un -110

In this matchup, the Dodgers are the home team. The home team is always on the bottom unless stipulated otherwise. The line on the Dodgers is -130. The “minus” (-) preceding the number 130 indicates that the Dodgers are the favorite. The plus (+) preceding the line on the Giants indicates that they are the underdog.

All Money Lines are based on $100 unless otherwise specified. A $130 bet on the Dodgers would win $100 for a total payout of $230. A $100 wager on the underdog (Giants) would win $120 for a total return of $220.

The number to the right of the Money Lines in this example, 7 1/2, is the TOTAL (the OVER/UNDER). The total is the combined score of both teams. One may wager whether the final score of the game will go over or under the stipulated total. The odds on the total are also expressed by the Money Line. In this example, the odds are –110 (1.1 to 1) on either side. A wager of $11 would win $10, for a total payout of $21

When betting the OVER/UNDER, the game must go 9 innings or 8 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead. Both listed pitchers must start the game or the bet is refunded. All runs scored in extra innings count in OVER/UNDER bets.

Another way to bet a baseball game is on the “First Five Innings”. This is a wager placed the same way as the previous example, however it is only on the outcome of the first 5 full innings (Listed pitchers must start for this wager type to have action).

NOTE: Called games must go 5 innings or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead. If a game goes past 5 innings and is subsequently called, the winner is determined by the score after the last full inning (unless after 4 1/2 innings the home team ties or takes the lead. The score at this point will stand). For betting purposes there are no suspended games.

BASEBALL RUN LINES

We may also offer a “Run Line” alternative for Baseball bettors. The Run Line in Baseball is similar to the Point Spread in other sports, except that the payouts vary according to the Money Line odds that are assigned to each possible outcome.

Example:
101   |  Giants   |  Marichal  |  +1 1/2   |   -180
102   | Dodgers |  Koufax     | -1 1/2    |   +160

In this example, the Dodgers must win the game by 2 or more runs to be counted as a winner for betting purposes. The odds on this outcome are +160. A $10 wager on the Dodgers would win $16, for a payback of
$26.

Betting the Giants on the Run Line, you get 1 1/2 runs. The Giants can win the game, or lose by one run, and you would win your bet. In this example, the odds are -180. An $18 wager would win $10, a payback of $28.

The same rules apply to Run Line bets as to OVER/ UNDERS. The game must go 9 innings, or 8 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead, and both listed pitchers must start the game.

BASEBALL PARLAYS

A parlay is a wager that combines several teams into one bet. Baseball parlays are figured at true odds. Simply calculate the payout on the first game and then apply that amount to the next game, etc. Money Line parlays have a maximum payoff of 299 to 1.

THREE-TEAM BASEBALL PARLAY
Bet Amount  |  Team A Odds   |  Team B Odds   |   Team C Odds
$50                          -130                       -150                        +120
$50              x             1.77           x         1.67             x          2.20 = $325.15

Your total payoff is $325.15, including your $50 wager. If one baseball game in your parlay is postponed for any reason, the parlay is reduced by one team.

NOTE: Calculating parlay payoffs in Baseball is difficult even for everyday bettors. Any ticket writer will be happy to compute the payout on any combination you choose to bet.

BASEBALL PARLAYS
Board Odds  |  Calculating Price  |  Board Odds  |  Calculating Price
-1.05  |   .95   |  -1.85  | .54
-1.10   |  .91   | -1.90    | .53
-1.15   |  .87   | -1.95    | .51
-1.20  | .83   | -2.00    | .50
-1.25   | .80   | -2.10    | .48
-1.30   |  .77  | -2.20    | .45
-1.35   |  .74  |  -2.30   |  .43
-1.40   |  .71  |  -2.40   |  .42
-1.45   |  .69  |  -2.50   |  .40
-1.50   |  .66   |  -2.60  |  .38
-1.55   |  .64   |  -2.70   |  .37
-1.60  |  .62    |  -2.80  |  .36
-1.65  |   .61    |  -3.00  |  .33
-1.70  |  .59    |    -3.25  |  .31
-1.75  |   .57    |   -3.50   | .29
-1.80  |   .55   |   -4.00   | .25

HOW TO FIGURE PARLAYS

For each price or odds quote on your teams, look at their respective payoffs (to $1) and always add $1 to these payoffs. Multiply your bet times the products of these payoffs (+$1) for your parlay return.

Example:
Bet   | Team 1  |  Team 2 |  Team 3 |  Return
(+1.20)     (-1.35)      (Even)
$75 x 2.20       x 1.74           x 2.00 = $574.20
The return includes the $75 bet.

ROUND ROBIN TABLE
……………|  2 Teams  |  3 Teams |  4 Teams |  5 Teams |  6 Teams
3 Picks          3 Bets              1 Bet
4 Picks          6 Bets             4 Bets           1 Bet
5 Picks          10 Bets           10 Bets         5 Bets            1 Bet
6 Picks         15 Bets            20 Bets        15 Bets          6 Bets             1 Bet
7 Picks          21 Bets            35 Bets         35 Bets         21 Bets           7 Bets
8 Picks         28 Bets           56 Bets          70 Bets        56 Bets          28 Bets

LISTED PITCHER (S) OPTION:
When betting Baseball, you have the option of betting team vs. team, or specifying that either, or both listed pitchers must start the game.

NOTE: Although rarely applied, Baseball is the only sport in which the odds may be adjusted after your wager has been made. Since Baseball odds are predicated on the starting pitchers, any late pitching change may compel an adjustment in the odds. This will increase or decrease the payout on a winning ticket.