How To Bet On MLB Baseball

Have you always wanted to learn how to bet on your favorite MLB team? Well, the wait is over, as we’re going to show you exactly how betting on MLB baseball games works. There are three common ways to do Major League Baseball betting. The first is money line betting, the second is over under betting and the last one is run line betting. There are other ways to do MLB betting but these three are the most used types and below are explanations of each one.

Money Line Betting

This is the easiest way to place a bet and it is the method most commonly used amongst sports bettors. A bettor simply has to choose the team he thinks will win the game. The favored team and the underdogs will be given odds and bettors choose from either of the two. The amount wagered on the underdog is usually less than the amount on the favored team.

Run Line Betting

Run line betting works similarly to NFL spread betting. For MLB bettors, this is often one of the least popular ways of betting and it is nowhere near as popular as money line or even over under betting. The first thing to do is to choose the team you would like to place your bet on. Since the most common run line is 1.5, the bettor can place a wager on the favored team to win 2 runs or more or place your bet on the underdog team to lose by 1 run or to win the game. Almost all the time, the run line is set to 1.5 but there are some sportsbooks that allows alternative lines of 2.5 or even 3.5 runs to bet on.

Over Under Betting

The over under betting is sometimes referred to as game total betting. It involves betting on the combined score of the two teams and the oddmakers will set a number to represent the total amount of runs scored by the two teams. The bettors can choose to bet on the lower score or the higher score. Say, for example, the game’s total score was set to 7.5. Betting under would mean the bettor wins if the total score for both teams is 7 runs or less but if it is a total of 8 or beyond, bettors who wagered on over wins.

Prop Betting

Prop betting opens up many possibilities for bettors. There is no limit on what bettors are going to bet on as long as it is not the final score of the ball game. Bettors can choose to place a bet on who will make the first run or if there is going to even be a run in the first inning. Bettors can also place an advanced bet on whichever team wins the season. There is an endless possibility of the type of prop bets on the MLB.

World Series Betting

During the MLB season, Sportsbooks gives lines for all MLB teams to win the World Series. The World Series bets are also called future bets because bettors are betting on future results. The odds depend on the team’s performance therefore it regularly changes. Big payouts can be made by those who placed bets earlier in the season. If you are the type of person who can guess which team would win, even at the beginning of the World Series, you can stand to make huge amounts of money in this type of betting.


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