Monday Oct. 20, 2008
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas sports books favor the Tampa Bay Rays
to win the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies and would
owe huge payouts if the American League champions prevail. Oddsmakers say enough bettors took the Rays early in the year at long-shot prices to force books to adjust lines to encourage bets on the Phillies.
Sean Van Patten at Las Vegas Sports Consultants says the Rays
are favored at minus-$1.35, meaning a gambler would need to bet
$1.35 to be paid $1 if Tampa Bay wins.
Van Patten puts the Phillies at plus-$1.15, meaning a $1 bet
would earn $1.15 if Philadelphia wins. Las Vegas Hilton race and sports book director Jay Kornegay says before the start of the season the Rays were a 200-1 shot for the
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