Baseball Sports Betting in Canada
Baseball is one of Canada’s most popular sports, along with Basketball and Ice Hockey. Played at schools, club level and professionally, few other team sports can match it for viewership and popularity. It also happens to be one of the largest markets for sports betting in Canada. While there are plenty of local and international games and leagues to bet on, Major League Baseball (MLB) is responsible for the bulk of the online wagering action.
About the MLB
The MLB was founded in 1903, and has since become the most prestigious baseball league in the world. The League consists of 30 teams, 29 of which are based in the US, and a single team based in Toronto, Canada. For local Canadian enthusiasts, the Toronto Blue Jays are the pride of the nation, however, they have only won the World Series twice, once in 1992 and then again in 1993. For anyone interested in MLB betting, the league is divided equally between the National League and the American League.
These are then split into 3 divisions, which include the Northern, Eastern and Western Division. The MLB season kicks off in April each year and runs to October. All 30 teams play a total of 162 games each, which makes for plenty of action. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top-10 team then qualify for the playoffs, which then culminate in the World Series. This is a best-of-7 tournament between the top American League Team and the top National League Team. The winning team is crowned the World Champions
Putting Money Down
Whether you are putting money down online or using sports betting apps, there are plenty of Baseball bets that can be placed on the MLB league and on individual games.
For anyone just starting out the easiest bet to place is the money line or match bet. This simply involves predicting the winning team of any given match in the season. Another popular match wager is the over/under bet, which is sometimes referred to totals or betting on the spread. In this case, a bookmaker will post a point score that is the total number of points scored by both teams in the game. Bettors then simply predict whether the actual combined score will be above or below the total posted.
With sports betting in Canada, it is also possible to place future bets on the MLB season. The most popular wager here is the outright winner where you are predicting the team that will win the World Series and lift the trophy at the end of the season. Series wagering also includes predicting playoff winner in the American League and National league. Some sites also offer the option to predict the two teams that will meet in the finals.
Baseball Prop Bets
In any given match, there also plenty of prop bets that can be placed on statistics and players in the match. One popular bet is the ‘any player to hit a home run’. Here you simply pick one player and if he hits a home run, your bet is successful.
At sports betting apps you can also put money on which player will be the first to hit a home run, and which player will be the last to hit a home run. Some MLB betting sites also offer markets on exact total number of homeruns scored in the match.
Before placing any wager, it is important to do as much research as possible on the teams, the coaches and the players. The more you know about the history of the team and how they perform on the road, the more likely you will be able win when enjoying sports betting in Canada.