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Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:21 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 9:28 am
 


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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Hitting the over was even more improbable when the Rangers loaded the bases with nobody out. One run wins the game. Literally, the only possible outcome that could result in an "over" bet winning was a grand slam. Any other type of hit, a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly ... anything, and the under wins. But Cruz came through with the slam, winning the game for the Rangers. In the process, he won millions of dollars collectively for the betting public.

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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Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

fuk u vegas!!! ha ha!!!  I hope some of the sports books and the oddsmakers are going hungry this week because of it.  I hate las vegas fukem




Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

cruz for president!!!



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

I do wish however we were playing the yankees or someone i hate, I don't have any hate for detroit, I like Jim Leyland, I Like the fans,and I Like Doctor Detroit with Dan Akroyd...... I do hate Miguel Cabrera, but that can be looked over....Well in any event if Detroit keeps its progress we'll be seeing each other quite a bit in the near future

May the best team win



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

Like i told Danny Knob Goblin ... This is the year of the CLAW!!!!!!

GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

WOW NOW I KNOW THAT CAUSED ALOT OF PROBLEMS




Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:46 am
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

You're pretty good on the prop bets.  Other than that you suck, dicegod.

Go Tigers!



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:37 am
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

If you'll think about it further, all the runs "have" to count because the ball left the park.  It's a home run, and the only way all four runs wouldn't register is because of some technicality (see the Robin Ventura/Mets post).  Similarly, if a ground rule double, then two runs would have scored and counted.  But on a base hit (be it a single, double, triple, or what would have been an inside-the-park home run), nothing is automatic, and the game ends when the first run scores in that situation.




Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:00 am
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

What they failed to mention was that all bettors that had Texas -1.5 runs got a nice cash also.  I know, because I had Detroit +1.5.  I hate Cruz.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:58 am
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

Note to all gamblers out there....Nelson Cruz says, you're welcome!  This Texas Rangers team is too deep to be held down for too long.  Game 3 comes down to Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers and if memory serves me correct, Fister came from the Seattle Mariners, so the Rangers know Fister pretty well.   Go Rangers!!!



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:58 am
 

Cruz slam a big winner for gambling fans

Its kind of weird that they count all the runs. As soon as the run crosses the plate and Cruz reaches first base you would think that it was over. I don't bet baseball anyways and that a good thing , i would have taken the under!


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