2017 MLB Playoff Betting Odds
While baseball is probably the most stat-heavy – and therefore bet-heavy – member of the major American sports, new sports bettors usually don’t pay it much attention for most of the season. However, once the playoffs get underway, people start tuning in, many of them for the first time. For lots of folks, the 2017 MLB playoff betting odds will be the first bit of baseball gambling they’ve ever experienced.
Fortunately, baseball odds are a lot easier to understand than the MLB’s various schools of in-depth statistical analyses. In other words, you don’t have to be proficient at sabermetrics to understand what’s going on with the 2017 MLB playoff betting odds. All you really need to make informed baseball decisions is a few betting basics. And, of course, a membership at a legal online sports betting sites like Bovada, SportsBetting, BetOnline, or 5Dimes.
The 2017 World Series is a 3-2 affair going into Tuesday night’s game as Houston leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 in a stunning reversal of fortunes against Los Angeles. Bovada’s betting odds on Astros vs Dodgers has both teams in negative numbers on the moneyline, but it’s Houston with the edge at -112 to LA’s -108 to win outright. The Dodgers are favored more heavily to cover the runline with a 1 ½-run boost, boasting odds of -175 to either win the game, set for an 8:20 p.m. broadcast on FOX, or to lose by less than 2 runs, whereas Houston has odds of +155 to win by more than 2 runs. The bookies’ looked-for total score in the game is 8 runs, and the “over” side has even odds to the “under” side’s odds of -120.
World Series 5 Inning Line On Astros Vs Dodgers
The first five innings of Tuesday night’s game are basically pick ‘em over at Bovada, the 5-inning line on Astros vs Dodgers of which has equal moneyline odds of -115 for both teams through the game’s midway point. The projected total after five innings of play is 4 runs, with odds of -110 on the “over” side of the bet and odds of -120 on the “under” side. Though this is subject to change, there is currently no runline available on the 5-inning line. By all accounts, the odds on Houston vs Los Angeles seem to indicate that this will be a tightly played and exciting game to watch.
Astros Vs Dodgers World Series Prop Bets
Bovada is already well-stocked with Astros vs Dodgers World Series prop bets in advance of Tuesday night’s game, set for an 8:20 p.m. first pitch with the game to be aired on FOX. Houston leads the best-of-seven series 3 wins to 2, but the Dodgers aren’t likely to let the 2017 World Series simply slip away on them, and the odds reflect that probability. The Astros have +265 odds to win by 1-2, but the Dodgers have odds of +195 to win by the same margin, a much better chance. The prop bet on whether there will be an odd or even number of total combined runs in the game is listing with +130 odds on an even number and -175 on the “odd” side of the bet. Finally, Houston has odds of -140 to be the first team to score, while LA makes do with +110 to do the same.
Is Betting On The MLB Playoffs Legal?
Absolutely. If you use an online sportsbook like Bovada, SportsBetting, BetOnline, or 5Dimes, then betting on the MLB playoffs is legal. Because of various federal restrictions (The Wire Act, PASPA, UIGEA), many prospective Internet gamblers are under the impression that they’ve got to break the law to take advantage of any 2017 MLB playoff betting odds. That’s simply not true. The US government merely criminalizes people or companies that accept bets, not those who place them. Since the best legal online sportsbooks are all overseas and outside of US jurisdiction, such legalities are rendered moot. Nobody has ever been arrested, tried, or convicted just for betting on sports over the Internet.
Is The Runline Like The Spread In Football?
Exactly. In fact, the only thing different about the runline is its name. The runline, like the spread, handicaps matchups to balance the perceived skill levels of both teams involved and get bettors wagering equally on both sides. This means that a weaker team will “get runs” while a stronger team will “give runs.” The underdog will always be shown with a positive runline number, and the favorite will always sport a negative runline number. For an underdog to win, they must lose by fewer runs than whatever their runline shows. Favorites must win by more points than shown in their runline.
For example, let’s say the Yankees are +1.5 underdogs against the Red Sox. They can lose by up to one run (or, obviously, win outright) to win the bet. The Red Sox, at -1.5, must win by at least two runs for their bet to be a winner. (Half-runs in runlines are used to prevent any bets from “pushing,” which is an unfavorable outcome for sportsbooks since they most often require them to refund all of a given bet’s action.)
What Is The Best Deposit Method For US Bettors At Online Baseball Betting Sites?
If you need to get money into your online baseball betting sites of choice quickly, you should probably use a credit or debit card from Visa or Mastercard. (Bovada accepts American Express, but no other reliable sportsbooks currently do.) However, if you have a week or so of lead time before you wish to place any bets, then Bitcoin is probably the way to go. It’s naturally more secure than any other method, and there’s no paper trail attached to the cryptocurrency. Plus, Bitcoin has a tendency to appreciate dramatically at times, meaning that you could significantly increase your bets’ payouts by trading your Bitcoin winnings at an online exchange.
What Is A Deposit Bonus?
A deposit bonus is one of the ways that online sportsbooks incentivize bettors to keep playing at their sites. Basically, if you choose to receive the optional deposit bonus, your account cannot be cashed out until you spend a specific multiple of that deposit and bonus. At Bovada, for example, this “rollover” for sports betting is 5X. If you deposit $50 and receive a $250 bonus, the rollover will be 5 x $300, or $1500. You will be able to use the full $300 to bet on events of your choosing, but you will not be able to withdraw any winnings until you have bet a total handle of $1500 with Bovada. (Please note that you don’t have to lose $1500, you just need to bet that total amount in aggregate.)
Deposit bonuses are best utilized by folks who intend to bet on more than one or two games. If you’re going to bet periodically over the next several months, such bonuses can really add up. However, if you just want to get in on some 2017 MLB playoff betting odds and then hang ‘em up, you might want to forego these for now.