What Are The Odds On Your Dreams?
Mike B. | On 07, Nov 2011
In February 2007, I found myself in Las Vegas standing in the sports book in complete shock and dismay. Most people find themselves feeling this way after they watch their gamble fall short. I felt this way and I had not even made a bet, yet.
The Indians had not yet even reported to spring training, but the sports book had them listed as 15-1 to win the American League and 30-1 to win the World Series. I sincerely felt the Indians were about to have a good year, filled with playoffs and the chance to defy the odds. I quickly put down $20 on each bet, put them in my pocket, took them home and hoped I would have the chance to cash them in.
Talk about close, but no cigar.
When the Indians led 3-1 in the American League Championship Series, I had reserved a hotel and was looking at airfare for Denver because I assumed if the Indians got by the Red Sox, they would win it all. I wanted to spend my $900 in winnings watching the Indians win it all. I was ready to use my future winnings to get to Denver and get in the stadium. I already had tickets for the four home games.
What if I told you Las Vegas thinks only six teams have worse odds than the Indians to win it all in 2012?
That’s right, if gambling were legal, only the Pirates, Mariners, Royals, Orioles, Padres and Astros have longer odds than the Indians right now. Currently, Bodog lists the Tribe as 50-1 to win the World Series. In no way do I feel the Indians are favorites, but 50-1? The bookmakers think the Mets, Cubs, Athletics, Twins and Nationals have better chances than the Tribe? Such a shame Americans can’t gamble on sports unless they are in Vegas.
This is a team who made huge strides in 2011, contended until the Tigers blew everyone out of the water, established a front office that is dedicated to winning and has already made a move this winter to compete immediately, and they are 50-1?
Is Vegas now taking into account Cleveland curses when calculating odds? Fifty to one?
I’ve wasted $20 on bad movies, dinners or half a tank of gas too many times to feel bad about wasting one more Andrew Jackson on the Indians. I’ll put one on a fun summer, followed by a wild run through September and October.
Maybe it buys me that hotel and airfare I was ready to purchase just five years ago. I need to get to Las Vegas.
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