With legal sports betting now live in Massachusetts, fans can place wagers at retail sportsbooks or online. To bet, players must show an ID that proves they are 21 years or older. The process can take a few minutes depending on the type of wagers placed.
The odds on a game are set by the sports book and can change as the bets are made. The money lines are based on the number of bets and the expected return rate of the sports book. The higher the amount of money bet on a team, the lower the money line. This is how the sports book can make a profit. Dime lines are disappearing as sports books seek to maximize profits.
Baseball games are often shortened or suspended by weather. MLB rules state that a game is considered official after at least five complete innings. This means that correctly placing a bet on a winning team in a shortened game will still pay.
When making a baseball parlay, the payoff is calculated at true odds using the money lines in effect when the wager was placed. The money lines are displayed on the wagering terminal and on the current customer sheets.
Major League Baseball is committed to ensuring that fans who choose to wager on its events have a positive experience and the tools they need to do so responsibly. This is why the league has partnered with the American Gaming Association on its Have A Game Plan. Bet Responsibly. public service campaign and is a leader of the National Council on Problem Gambling.