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Vegas Takes Note Of Epstein Hire

At the MGM in Las Vegas, Theo Epstein's arrival in Chicago was enough to affect the Cubs' 2012 World Series odds:

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The Cubs opened at 25-1 odds to win the 2012 World Series at the MGM Resorts sportsbooks in Las Vegas. That's lower than several other gambling outposts.

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Did the Epstein hire affect the line?

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"Slightly," wrote Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at the MGM Resorts, in an email. "It might have been 40-1 before."

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But if you're inclined to put a little cash on the Cubs in 2012, you might want to do so at the Las Vegas Hilton or Caesar's Palace, where the Cubs opened at 40-1 and 35-1, respectively.