To bet on baseball, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the group you wish to bet and the amount you want 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
Bet Num. Team Pitcher Odds Total Money line For complete 301 Dodgers Brown +110 7.5 Over -110
302 Braves Maddux -120 Under -110
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 the same. You won’t 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 this.
You’ve just seen an example of a dime line.
A 20-cent line could be this.
Here are two more examples of a dime line and a 20-cent line. See whether you can tell them apart.
You may 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 can be explained later.
Total: Total runs scored in a game. Also called the over/under.
You may wager that the total score of this game will be more or less than the number listed. It makes no difference which team wins. Simply add the final scores of each group. 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 doesn’t happen, the bet is refunded.
All runs scored in extra innings count in over/under bets.
Baseball Run Lines
The run line: a point spread of 1??1/2 awarded to a baseball match.
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.