Sportsbooks Have Yankees Missing Playoffs
The most popular sports gambling sites on the web are betting the NY Yankees will not make the playoffs this season. Now that the MLB All-Star game is over and the 2nd half of the season gets underway, the playoff stretch will begin as the top contenders try to separate themselves in the next three months.
Star players going on the DL, an aging pitching rotation and several other American League clubs enjoying great seasons, have many believing this will be the 1st season the New York Yankees miss the playoffs under Joe Torre. After originally opening as favorites in Spring Training to make the postseason for a 12th straight season, Pinnacle Sports lists the Yankees as underdogs to make the 2006 MLB playoffs.
The largest sports gambling site on the Internet, Pinnacle Sports opened betting with the NY Yankees as a 5/8 favorite to be playoff-bound again this season. Within less than 2 weeks, sports bettors flocked to the site backing another Yankees postseason appearance, which moved the odds to an overwhelming 2/9 favorite.
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The woman, whose name has not been released by the state gaming commission, made two 10-cent Superfecta wagers Friday on a race being simulcast from the Hollywood Park track in Englewood, Calif.
“One of them won,” said Chris Locking, general manager at Sports Creek. The woman returned to the track Monday to cash her winning voucher. “Pretty good return for 10 cents, isn’t it?”
In an effort to lure patrons, Locking said, many tracks nationwide have introduced 10-cent “gimmick” action like the Superfecta, which requires gamblers to pick the four top-finishing horses in correct order.
“It’s been very successful,” he said. “Twenty-thousand doesn’t happen every day but on a regular basis you’ll see people winning $70, $200, $500 on a dime bet.”