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MLB World Series Betting Odds, Picks, & Expert Analysis

The World Series is the pinnacle of baseball. The two best teams in the league go toe-to-toe over seven games to be named world champions. It’s a spectacle for fans and bettors across the world as their World Series predictions come to fruition, or fall at the final hurdle. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of World Series betting options and promotions lined up by sportsbooks.

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World Series betting tips

The hardest decision is not necessarily who to bet on or what bets to take when it comes to World Series betting online, but which sportsbook to place your bets with, and it is not just about who has the best World Series odds.

If you already have an account somewhere the decision may seem easy, but the World Series is a great time to take advantage of promotional offers and bonuses.

Some that were offered at sportsbooks heading into the 2021 World Series included a 20% deposit match, a risk-free bet to match your first bet, and a ‘deposit $50, bet with $150’, to name just a few.

Whether or not an offer is a good one will depend on how much you want to bet. If you are looking to just have fun and place a few small wagers, then a 20% deposit match may not mean much to you, but deposit $50, and being able to bet with $150 may sound a lot better.

World Series: Most popular markets

Sportsbooks offer prop bets throughout the regular season and playoffs but tend to offer even more for the World Series. World Series betting online includes almost every imaginable prop bet.

With the huge array of stats that are recorded in baseball, there is no shortage of markets sportsbooks can post prop bets for. Some of the more common ones include:

  • How many runs will a player/team score in a particular game?

  • Will pitcher X throw a no-hitter?

  • How many home runs will player X hit during the Series?

  • Will the World Series end with a strikeout?

  • How many games will the Series last?

  • The possibilities are endless.

Prop bets will be listed with odds in the form of a moneyline, like in Game Six of the 2021 World Series, a prop bet being offered was the total number of strikeouts Braves pitcher Max Fried would have: over 4.5 @ +130.

That means, if you’d bet that he would record more than 4.5 strikeouts, you would have to bet $100 to win $130 check out our bet calculator to see how much you could win on any given bet.

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2021 World Series winner

Atlanta Braves

The reigning World Series champions are the Atlanta Braves, who beat the American League champions, the Houston Astros, 4-2 in the best of seven series to win their first World Series since 1995.

After the COVID-19 pandemic had seen the 2020 season played entirely at neutral venues, baseball fans were once again able to welcome their heroes’ home – resulting in a thrilling seven months of baseball action.

Live betting on the World Series

It can be pretty frustrating when you want to put a bet on a game only to miss-out because the action has already started.

But fear not. With the wide availability of live betting, you’d need never miss a bet again.

When it comes to World Series betting online, many sportsbooks offer live or in-game betting for every matchup – meaning you can bet on the winner of the game, who wins a particular inning, how many strikeouts the starting pitcher(s) will have, or whether a player will hit a home run.

Sportsbooks are constantly adjusting their odds depending on how the game is playing out and live betting is a popular way to bet on the World Series because it allows you to see how momentum is changing in a game before locking in a wager.

One such bet was hard-hitting slugger Jorge Soler - who had already grabbed two homers in the series to that point - to hit over 0.5 home runs in Game 6 at +360.

His two-strike bomb in the third innings not only cleared the Crawford Boxes in left field, but went over the train track above and clear out of the park to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead - making those who had placed a bet on him very happy.

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