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Theo Epstein lowers Cubs odds

Updated: November 1, 2011, 11:05 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

The splash of the Chicago Cubs' hire of Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations reached all the way to Las Vegas.

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.

Did the Epstein hire affect the line?

"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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