Mike Seba is michael kors handbags outlet a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4 5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process.
Once a game's power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team's most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent. Also, adjustments are made after reading each team's local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches players are thinking going into the game.
Since the oddsmaker's ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account. For example, the public might cheap nhl jerseys wholesale have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC. If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC 7, then an adjustment up to 7.5 or 8 would be made in response discount patriots jerseys to the public's expected USC bias.
The last step in the line making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line "feels right." This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture.
Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time. In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action. By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game.
For example, if the pointspread discount cowboys jerseys on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 to try and attract money on the favorite.
Moving the line is the oddsmaker's effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor's decision.
Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event related factors such as player injuries or weather. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line. Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an "adjusted line."