|Posted: January 31, 2006, 12:37 am - IP Logged|
For a brief time, After Atlantic City opened, Delaware had sports betting. For a very brief time. This was in the early 1980's, didn't even last a whole season.
Instead of tapping into a sports wire or a Vegas sports book and getting the actual pointspreads, they had state employees "make the line" on games.
This was in the football season.
Wiseguys from Vegas were flying to Delaware just to place bets. They actually had some games "middled" because of the differences in the real spreads and the "Delaware" spread.
People in Vegas were almost in tears when Delaware realized what was going on and closed the sports action down.
Having a game middled means you have both sides at different pointspreads and can win both bets. Let's say you have Seattle at +3 and Pittsurgh, instead of -3, at -1.
Let's say also that Pittsburgh wins 30 - 28. You'd win both bets.
That's a mile exampl and actually happens. What they were doing in Delaware went so far as to have the wrong favorites in some games.