By Matt Snyder
While betting on baseball isn't near as prevalent as in football or basketball, it still happens. And wouldn't you know it, the over/under for Monday's Rangers-Tigers ALCS Game 2 was nine. So heading into extra innings knotted at three meant those who had the under felt like it was a definite win and those who had the over probably gave up. Certainly the two teams wouldn't combine for four more runs when one run by either club could win it.
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Roughly two-thirds of the approximately $4.5 million in action worldwide was on the over, RJ Bell, founder of Pregame.com tells CBSSports.com.
"So the OVER cashing allowed the players to MAKE $1.5 million in net (over bettors won $3 million, under bettors lost $1.5 million); rather than losing $1.5 million in net (3 mill loss, 1.5 won)," Bell said in an email. "Meaning the Grand Slam made a $3 million dollar positive difference for players worldwide."
We often hear the lament or joy of gamblers on meaningless 3-pointers or touchdowns, so now baseball has its own high-profile case of one swing shifting the balance of money so significantly.
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