Line movements and market timing in the baseball gambling market

Rodney J. Paul, Andrew P. Weinbach

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This article analyzes betting strategies based on line movements in Major League Baseball and tests for possible evidence of informed bettors. Overall line movements from open to close, first movements, and last movements are studied for the 2003 season for a Las Vegas sportsbook and for the 2006 season for an offshore sportsbook. In the Las Vegas sportsbook, betting against first movements to favorites and betting with last movements to underdogs generates statistically significant profits. The offshore sportsbook appears to be efficient, with the only strategy generating positive, but insignificant returns, being betting against first movements to favorites. Differences between the offshore and Las Vegas betting markets are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-386
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sports Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Efficient markets
  • Gambling
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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