by Tony George
Baseball profits while others Fall… To this day it amazes me just how many sports bettors pass on baseball for football and basketball to place their wagering dollars on. I say shame on you for doing so, but I’ll take the money anyway. There is no doubt in my mind that over the years I have made 5 fold the money betting baseball than any other sport, and that is 11 years of experience talking. Let’s break this down and see if we can’t get some guys on the bandwagon to make some easy money, because in no uncertain terms, baseball is the easiest sport to make at.
Most novice bettors are totally confused by the money lines, because you are not “laying points”. Folks if a team is laying –140, that means you are wagering $140 to win $100. Money management 101 for those living under a rock. Then comes the dime line or the 20-cent line, what does that mean? Simply put, when you lay $110 to win $100 in football or basketball, a dime line is the same 11 to 10 odds, but a 20-cent line is 12 to 10 odds, or you are laying $120 to win a $100. For the most part over and under’s in baseball are the same as 11 to 10 odds as in football or basketball with a book that posts a dime line, otherwise some books even with a 20 cent line may in fact post dime lines on totals plays. It takes one trip to a website that reviews sportsbooks to find out what books offer what lines. If you are serious about winning, it is imperative you research the books and their lines. Some offshore sportsbooks offer 10 cent lines (dime lines) up to a certain number, say –150, then they go to a 15 cent or 20 cent line from there.
The reason numerous sportsbooks post a 20-cent line is they KNOW that sharp players will take them for money in baseball, and it minimizes the profits of those players, and maximizes the losses for the books. Once again proving that baseball is easy to win at if you know what to look for. If you are playing the NBA Playoffs until they end, and then think about playing baseball, even a $200 player has lost thousands in profits by that time by passing on baseball. The NBA was very tough this year, and as I reviewed a respected sports monitor today, I see that out of the Top 50 ranked sports services, only 7 legit sports services posted a positive unit rating. I personally had a down year in the NFL posting a Top 10 finish at a fairly respectable 58.7% overall number, but yet last year I posted +62 units in baseball, and I did not work as hard for that as I did in football.
In baseball the team ONLY has to win to cash tickets. It comes down to some real simple items to look at to get started, mainly pitching and hitting, that is the bottom line in the simplest of terms. I also look at slugging percentage and on base percentage and then a few intangibles. But wait a minute the novice says, I will not lay –320 with Randy Johnson and –280 with Pedro Martinez, what if they lose? Granted it is possible, even playing a weak sister that one of these studs may have an off day, but the beauty is you can lower the odds in baseball. Let’s say you have 2 teams, with 2 strong pitchers both laying –200 against a team they should clearly mop the floor with, but you don’t want to expose yourself to a heavy chalk line. I suggest a 2-team parley, for half of your normal wager. The payout with those odds is bet $100 to win $125 for a two teamer. Worth a shot isn’t it?
There is money to made baseball without question, and if you manage your money and use discipline and have a good sports service, you can build quite a bankroll over the summer and then have plenty of cash to get ready for football in the fall.
Tony has 11 years in the business and is from Lincoln, NE. You can visit Tony at www.sportsaudioshows.com or by calling 800-562-1017. Tony’s wares have been well documented over the years and have won numerous awards.