I don’t want to sidetrack the thread, but since I now have a vested interest I thought I would weigh in briefly:
Birdie is correct. Runlines should absolutely be allowed. Astros -1.5 -110 is no different than Saints -1.5 -110 or Cavs -1.5 -110. Same with puck lines in hockey, so long as they meet the -110 or lower threshold. It is a wager on a side.
In fact, if we wanted to go with a super-strict interpretation of the rules as they read currently, it’s runlines that should be allowed and ML’s that should be disallowed.
Because of the nature of baseball betting, MLB handicappers are essentially playing this contest with one hand tied behind their back, as they are pretty much limited to only one betting option per game on sides, and to a lesser extent on totals as well. (since most of them are also juiced in some fashion.) It seems only fair to me to allow runlines as well.
Either way, I would like some official clarification before my turn comes in June, as the wording as it stands is a bit ambiguous.
Re: EOG's Grand Challenge presented by BetDSI (RAILBIRD is our May contestant)
very hard when bases is the only game in town. Im all about options. Some days its dificult
to find a handful of options that are -110 for sides and totals in bases. still fun contest.
my abilitys are more on display in my running thread.
rules say full game to address 1st 5 issue. rules says teams not props. rules are addressed, run line should be allowed. all point spreads, run lines, goal lines and totals that are under -110 should be allowed. When contest began 5 years ago another issue is Pinnacle didn't straddle every baseball total where only 1 side is under -110.
Here is my take on it, since I just participated - when looking at the main baseball and hockey lines, most books show the RL and PL are right on the main page along with the total. Now TTS, RHE and others are usually under props.