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UNDERSTANDING THE DIME LINE...
Betting on sports is a numbers game. Those who get the best
prices, or odds, generally win over the long run. In no sport is
this more true, than in Baseball. If you plan on betting on baseball
games, it's in your best interest to seek out sportsbooks who offer a dimeline for baseball betting. The dimeline is also known as a 10 cent line.
What is a Dimeline?
The term simply refers to the difference between the underdog price and the
favorite price. For example, let's assume the New York Yankees are playing the
Toronto Blue Jays in Yankee Stadium. Let's assume the Yankees are a -140
favorite in the game. If we were using a sportsbook that had a dime line, the
price on the underdog Blue Jays would be +130. Technically, the price on the
Yankees should read -1.40. Meaning you wager a dollar and forty cents to win one
dollar on the Yanks. The price on the Blue Jays, +1.30 translates to betting a
dollar to win a dollar and 30 cents. The difference between the favorite price
and the underdog price is 10 cents. Or, a dime. Hence, a "Dime Line".
Some sportsbooks deal what is referred to as a 20 cent line, or a wide line.
Still others, deal what is called a graduated line. Meaning it starts out as a
10 cent line, but increases as the price increases. If a favorite is -115,
sportsbook with a graduated line would have +105 on the underdog. However, if
they had a favorite as -180, they would likely have the underdog at +160 whereas
the dime line book would have +170.
Let's take a look at an example from today's baseball lines that
illustrates why you should be looking for a sportsbook with a dime
line for baseball.
The game we'll look at is the Padres at the Giants. Lincecum is pitching for
the Giants and Wolf for the Padres. A very popular sportsbook that has a 10 cent
line has the Giants as a -121 favorite. Their price on the underdog is
+111. Meanwhile, the sportsbook dealing a 20 cent line has the Giants -126 and
the underdog padres +106. Let's look at them side by side.
10 cent line
20 cent line
As you can see, whether you bet on the underdog, or the favorite, you are
getting a better deal at the sportsbook with a 10 cent line. A better deal by 5
cents in the line. Over the course of a long baseball season, if you're saving
that kind of money every time you bet, it translates into money in your pockets
instead of the sportsbooks. Simply, you win MORE when you win, and you lose LESS
when you lose. Think of it as grocery shopping and buying a gallon of milk for $3
a gallon at one store instead of $4 at another. Over the course of the year,
you'll save a bunch of dough buying the $3 gallon.