Many online casinos have gone from featuring odds on when baseball players will be breaking records to when or who the next player will be to fail a steroid test and get suspended. Of notable mention is Bodog, the online sports book and casino which has posted odds on its online casinos site on whether or not another player will be suspended for using banned substances this season. This has all come about, of course, because of the recent headline-worthy story of Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro who was recently suspended for 10 days after it was revealed he tested positive for steroids.
“It is big news when you hear about a player with 3,000 career hits testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but even so it is not entirely surprising, especially in light of Major League Baseball’s commitment to revamping its drug-testing policy.” said Calvin Ayre, Bodog online casinos founder.
Not only does “Raffy” have over 3,000 career hits, he also has over 500 career home runs which put him in an exclusive club and which, before the revelation of the drug test failure, had led to speculation on sports shows and at online casinos on whether Palmeiro would make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. That all changed, though, with the drug test, with even members of the U.S. Congress suggesting perjury charges may be in order due to Palmeiro’s denial of steroid use months ago before a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.
Other Major League Baseball stars, like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, have been the subject of speculation regarding the use of banned substances, which in part was spurred by a book by former baseball star Jose Canseco where allegations were leveled at other players and which – prior to the Palmeiro scandal – led to many in the sporting world to discount the Canseco accusations as overblown fibbing. With online casinos now offering odds of -200 on whether another star, with 200 plus home runs, will be suspended by the end of the season, the legacy of Canseco, Palmeiro and others will surely be felt in online casinos and sports books offering odds on baseball for quite some time to come.