Baseball interest, winnings continued rising in May

Jul 17, 2007 2:20 AM

While not matching April’s great start, baseball continued to enjoy an upgrade over last year’s figures, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Baseball’s hold percentage was at 4.3, well above last year’s 2.9 figure and above the 3.5 average usually registered for May in the books.

"When fan favorites such as the Cubs and Yankees are not doing well, it tends to help the Books," said Frank Streshley of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board when contacted Friday in Carson City. "Milwaukee has had a good year, but doesn’t attract the fan base. Same with Seattle and Kansas City."

Streshley also suggested that the May fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather could have played a part in baseball’s rise in betting this year.

Baseball was up 23.1 percent in April with an 8.54 hold percentage. The average hold is less than 4.

WEDNESDAY

Angels at D’Rays: Colon is 9-1 lifetime against the Rays, but this is not the real Bartolo. The real Scott Kazmir just beat the Yanks. I know, like who doesn’t? D’RAYS.

Orioles at M’s: Bedard and Washburn match zeros. UNDER.

THURSDAY

Cards at Braves: Get out the broom. BRAVES.

SUNDAY

ChiSox at BoSox: ESPN. Pale Hose lose close games. BOSOX.

Last week: 3-3.

Season: 69-49 (58.5)