Last year, visitors at the SnakePit Casino ended up with a profit of S$8,514 (that's SnakePit Dollars, in case you didn't know), on an investment of S$39,000. Diamondhacks was the one taken out into desert to become a part of batting practice (if you know what I mean and I think you do), being the only one of the 26 bettors to win every bet. Can he repeat that success this year? And will aricat and AzDbackfanInDc, last season's biggest losers, go home without their shirts again? Only time will tell. But for newcomers, here's how it works:
I'm bankrolling each of you with S$1,500 in SnakePit Dollars [actual value 0.00000000000001 cents], which you can divide up and wager on the lines as you think fit. I'll accept entries up until the first pitch on April 4 .If you're unclear on the basic concept, here is the intro from 2012, the first season
A quick bit of explanation, for those unfamiliar with betting parlance. In an "over/under" bet, a sports book will set a number, and bettors can choose on which side of that number the actual result will fall. The most common such is the total points in an NFL game, but it can be run on just about any sporting statistic. If you win, you get double your money [actually, it's typically a shade less than double, the difference being the house edge, but we'll just say double for our purposes here]. If you lose... Well, I trust I need not draw you a picture, but it involves a vice and Joe Pesci, if my recollection of Casino is correct.
To place a bet, you simply put your lines and amount wagered on each, in the comments below. For ease of my inputting them into the spreadsheet, entry lines should be in the form:
Wins, S$300, OVER
which means you are betting Arizona will win more than the specified number. However, so you don't just throw it all on one bet, you can bet no more than S$500 on any single wager, so you've got to have at least three lines. You can have more, of course, by betting less than the limit. Here are the bets on offer, from bovada.lv - with a couple of sad deletions in the light of last night's events. All player lines are transferable, so if anyone is traded, the line goes with them. Only regular season games are counted too - I hope this becomes a factor in October!
- Wins - 82.5
- Paul Goldschmidt - BA .300
- Paul Goldschmidt - HR 32½
- Paul Goldschmidt - RBI 109½
A.J. Pollock - HR 14½
- A.J. Pollock - BA .295
A.J. Pollock - Stolen Bases 29½
- David Peralta - BA .290
- Zack Greinke - Wins 15
- Zack Greinke - ERA 2.90
- Zack Greinke - Strikeouts 199½
- Shelby Miller - Wins 11½
- Brad Ziegler - Saves 29½
And, before you ask, if Greinke gets exactly 15 wins, it's a push, and nobody wins or loses anything.
Good (but not TOO good) luck to you all!