Every sportsbook dreads the summer. Summer means baseball, and baseball is the hardest game to handicap in pro sports. You can set a point spread in football and basketball that will balance your action. Hockey always balances in the long run. Golf and racing have so many contenders you can always make book.
But baseball sees moneyline players betting hot pitchers, and they collect night after night. Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, CC Sabathia – these guys are going to deliver on a regular basis, and the baseball bettor is on board every night.
The argument most often put forward against betting the hot pitcher on the moneyline is that the payout is too small to make a bet worthwhile. They are two counter-arguments to this.
The first is that a -300 winner is always better than +300 loser, and the second is that the other secret to betting baseball is to parlay your bets.
Major League Baseball plays a little under two and one half thousand games over the season, which works out as about fifteen a night for five months. That’s a pretty rich selection from which to make your bets. A three-fold parlay at -300 a fold pays out at 2/1, and that’s not a bad return on any bet.
Sports Interaction’s famously interactive betcard makes it easy for you to parlay your bet. You just click the team you think will win to add it to the betcard, and then the second time you click you see a new tab in the betcard that allows you to place a combination bet. Where it really gets interesting is when you click your third and subsequent teams.
If you have four selections on your betcard – let’s say that Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Sabathia and Verlander are all pitching on the same night – it’s hard to work out what all the possible combinations are. But Sports Interaction’s round robin bet does that for you.
Once you click your four selections, take a look at the bet card. Sports Interaction has broken down all the possibilities for you – four single bets, six doubles, four trebles and one king-of-the-hill parlay. That’s fifteen bets in all, and the more of them that come off, the bigger your payout is going to be. That’s why bettors love betting baseball and why fall can’t come fast enough for the sportsbooks.