Sportsbooks love when players string together multi-team parlays of four or more teams. This is a low probability wager that usually works in the book’s favor.
Every once in a while, Lady Luck intervenes. Towards the end of June, it was reported that one player at BetMGM strung together 12 different bets into a $25 parlay. All the games were played the same day with several being decided in extra innings.
The probability of that bet paying off was as low as it goes. However, when everything goes right the payout is huge. In this case, that player turned $25 in a $16,074 winner.
Going over the games that made up the 12-team parlay, this win becomes even more amazing when you consider how those games played out and know how to bet on baseball.
The parlay consisted of five bets on the total line. The winner had four games going OVER the total with one staying UNDER the closing line. An easy win was the UNDER 10.5 in the Atlanta Braves’ 3-2 road win against the Cincinnati Reds.
The OVER 7.5 runs in the Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals was another easy win with the Marlins cruising to an 11-2 victory.
Things started to get interesting in the Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers game with the total set at 7.5. The Rockies led that game 4-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Willy Adams belted a two-run homer to tie the game and take the total OVER. Milwaukee eventually won 5-4 in 11 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles were on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays that day with the total set at 10.5. Heading into the eighth inning, it appeared the parlay would be lost with a combined six runs on the board and Toronto holding a 5-1 lead.
Baltimore may have the worst record in the American League this season but its bats got hot at the right time to win this game 6-5 in 10 innings to keep this parlay alive.
Another amazing aspect of this bet was the combination of four different MLB run line picks. This wager is baseball’s version of a point spread where the favorite gives 1.5 runs to the underdog. This means they have to win the game by at least two runs to win the bet.
In this parlay, the bettor decided to wager on the underdog plus the 1.5 runs. The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners actually won their games straight-up as underdogs.
The Cleveland Indians trailed the Minnesota Twins 8-6 entering the ninth inning. Josh Naylor hit a solo home run to cut the lead in half. This was just enough to cover the spread in the Indians’ 8-7 loss.
The other three plays were money-line bets on the favorites. The Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, and Los Angeles Dodgers all came through with straight-up victories.
Just one loss among the 12 plays would have ended this parlay. Sometimes it is hard to pick one winner when betting on the games. Winning all 12 is quite the feat with quite a bit of luck thrown in for added measure.