Sports Book Scene April 20th 2000

Betting Bases Is an Acquired Taste – Pity, Since It Is a Most Beatable Sport

If you can shoot a cannon off in a Las Vegas sports book and not hit anyone, it must be baseball season.

Yeah, we know the NBA playoffs are imminent. But even hoops, along with baseball, aren’t enough of a draw to make the books hum like they do during football.

Both bettors and fans opt for the faster-paced sports. But from the perspective of a punter, the national pastime has a lot to offer.

If you don’t believe us, just check with your favorite bookmaker. It’s not by accident that a pride of off shore bookmakers decided to replace the 10-cent line with the more BM-friendly 20-cent line. In recent years, sharp players have been winning at baseball over the long term.

Here’s a strategy passed along by a local whose website ( has some interesting material. Jeffrey Metz said the key to winning at baseball is based on the premise that good pitching will stop good hitting.

Metz outlined an early season strategy that has worked with dogs and small favorites. Go with a team whose pitcher has an ERA of at least 3.00 better than his opponent. During the first two weeks of the season, this has generated an 18-8 record.

Of course, as the season progresses, ERAs tend to flatten out and differences of 3.00 or more are less in evidence.

Another strategy he suggested is if a team is beaten 5-0 or 6-0, bet the winner, provided it plays the same team the next day. We are less enamored of that tip since it is more of an after-the-fact trend.

More Baseball News. They may be the new kid on the block, but a recently opened Costa Rica-based sports book is raising a few eyebrows with its innovative and aggressive approach to baseball.

Dunes Sports ( has adopted as its motto, “Bigger, Better, Faster, More”. After speaking with head bookmaker Jason, it was apparent this shop intends to live up to those words.

Dunes offers a baseball teaser in which totals can be moved two runs. The player lays 11-10 and as in any teaser, must win both bets.

“Many people tend to consider betting on baseball boring, and this is something that we have come up with to liven up the game,” said Jason. Dunes will offer a second total available for teaser wagering on baseball.

Betting-in-progress is also offered. “This is becoming very popular with our more serious players,” the BM observed.

Here’s an example of how it works. A customer called and wanted to place a bet-in-progress on a recent Oakland/Boston game. The score was 0-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The customer bet in units of $100, and Jason gave him a line of Boston –250. He laid $250 to win $100 on Boston.

Jason based the price on many factors, including the fact that the bases were loaded and there was only one out. This action is for serious, sophisticated players. To get a more detailed explanation, call 1-877-600-9116.

Both programs are currently available to customers with phone accounts. When the software is perfected, the baseball teaser will be offered to online players.

Our discussion with Jason was both enlightening and delightful. He claims that the bookmaking staff at Dunes has 100 years of combined experience.

His boss had a slightly different take, as he told us Jason “is older than dirt”. It was said with a good-natured southern drawl.

Samantha, the marketing director, noted the book chose to locate its office in Escazu, a suburb of San Jose, “because we could stand alone from the masses of other sports books in town that crowd the individual floors of office buildings and share everything from bandwidth to customer service reps.”

The two-story standalone building opened its doors for telephone wagering in March, fully cognizant “that we were heading into the toughest season for the bookmaker – baseball,” said Samantha.

It’s an impressive group of people running this book. Without trying to sound like a cheerleader, this is precisely the type of operation that is helping the off shore industry attain greater credibility.

The combination of existing shops with strong, positive reputations, working in tandem with newer books coming on the scene, gives players more variety from which to choose. Healthy competition is also good for the bookmakers as it keeps them sharp in their efforts to separate us from our bankrolls | April 20th, 2000

– – – – – – – – – – – –About the writer
A long time sports betting columnist, Buzz Daly

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