L.A. Dodgers Are Most Popular Bet But Yankees Are Biggest Liability in World Series Betting

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are the mos popular World Series bet with 13% of the tickets and 19% of the betting handle at BetMGM.
  • However, the biggest liability of BetMGM are the New York Yankees.
  • Los Angeles is the odds on favorite to repeat as World Series champions at +300 via BetMGM.

The defending champions Los Angeles Dodgers are the most popular bet at BetMGM’s World Series betting market.

Los Angeles has accounted for 13% of the betting tickets and 19% of the total betting handle at the said sportsbook and is the only team to amass double-digit percentages in both betting departments.

The New York Yankees are second with 9% of the total betting slips and 10% of the total cash wagered while the Chicago White Sox complete the Top 3 with 9% of the tickets and 8% of the total handle.

As far as sportsbook liability is concerned, however, the Yankees are the biggest liability for BetMGM with the Arizona Cardinals coming in second and the Dodgers in third place.

Yankees Have 80.8% Chance of Making the Wild Card

After the close of Sunday’s games, the Yankees have the second-best percentage to make the playoffs via the wild card at 80.8% according to FanGraphs. Likewise, New York has the second-best odds to take one of the four available wild card slots at -900 with only the Boston Red Sox having shorter odds than them at -1000.

The Yankees are currently leading the AL wild card race and are one game ahead of the Red Sox, two games off the Toronto Blue Jays, three on top of the Seattle Mariners, and four over the Oakland Athletics. According to BetOnline, Toronto has a +180 odds to take a wild card spot while Seattle and Oakland are at +1200 and +5000, respectively.

The Yankees finish their regular season campaign with three-game sets against the Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays, with the latter already clinching the AL East. Meanwhile, the Rex Sox have a favorable schedule with three games against the Baltimore Orioles and three against the Washington Nationals.

World Series Odds Movement

Although the San Francisco Giants (+8000 to +700) and the Houston Astros (+2200 to +500) are the biggest movers in the World Series odds at BetMGM, the defending World Series champions Los Angeles Dodgers still found a way to shorten their betting board-leading odds from +350 to +300, which their shortest odds right now.

The Dodgers are also listed at +320 at PointsBet with the Houston Astros trailing them at +600. Caesars SportsBook and UniBet both have L.A. at +325 with the Astros at +475, which is Houston’s shortest price right now. DraftKings is listing the Dodgers at +340 and the Astros at +450 while Los Angeles is at its longest price via FanDuel at +390 with Houston hitting its betting board at +480.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are at their best odds at +1200 via PointsBet. New York is listed at +1500 in most MLB sportsbooks like FanDuel, BetMGM, UniBet, and Borgata Online. They are also pegged at +1300 via DraftKings. The White Sox are at +750 in all the sportsbooks previously mentioned except PointsBet where they are at their lowest of +700.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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