My brother and I first learned of the cup game at a Yankees-Indians match in 1996. The Yankees, they of loaded roster and eventual World Series title, began Brian Boehringer that day and got slaughtered. So beyond just being at Yankee Stadium for the first time and Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez homering, the drunks in front of us were the key source of amusement. That’s mostly because over the duration of the three-hour cup game, they had been in charge of a section’s worth of swear words, which at ages 11 and 9 we thought was the funniest thing we’d ever seen.
The cup match (swearing really optional) is the easiest option for how to bet on baseball and keeps you going through any blowout. It’s a perfect option for people attending a match with lots of extraneous dollar invoices without a forethought.
The fundamentals: 3-6ish gamers, one cup, ideally rinsed. Lots of $1 bills. Strangers in your row welcome should you keep an eye on their sneaky hands whenever they are in possession of the cup. Put in cash and collect cash from the cup based on the game’s events.
The principles: These can differ, but they should be written down in pencil before the match starts. The cup begins with the very first person in the row and can be passed one batter at a time, shifting hands when a new batter enters the box. Players need to pay or collect based on what occurs when they’re holding the cup. For novices at this, try out a $1 ante, cover $1 for an outside, $3 for a strikeout, $5 to get a double play, $20 to get a triple play. Don’t make too many collections, since you want to keep the pot large. Maybe collect $1 for each base on a hit and $3 for each run. What you’re playing for is that the whole pot goes into the holder on a house run (with a re-ante) and when the match finishes.
Variants: Oh, lots of things. Throw in $20 if a person gets ejected as you are holding the cup. Perhaps decide on some trigger event ahead of the game such as a 1-2-3 double play that pays like a home run. By the time you’re veterans at this, the balance sheet of plus-plays and minus-plays need to be more than a page .
Just a little math: Regardless of how many players are playing, try to sit in the next seat from the beginning of the game. (Your battle over the third seat in the row should appear something like this.) Eighty-five of the home runs at the top of the very first last year came from the No. 3 hitter compared to 59 from the leadoff man and 38 in the No. 2 hitter.
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