Bookies Split on World Series Favorite

The Associated Press

Sports books, like sports fans, split on the favorite to win the World Series.

The Westgate Superbook likes the Toronto Blue Jays. The MGM likes the Chicago Cubs. And the can’t make up its mind.

The Antigua-based site lists the Cubs and Blue Jays as co-favorites. Bettors win $175 off a $100 bet on either club to win it all. The Kansas City Royals, by way of comparison, pay off at $350 and the New York Mets at $500.

As money from New York, a gambling and population center, comes in expect the odds to improve for the Metropolitans. The book’s assessment of Toronto, particularly within American casinos, speaks highly of the team’s chances as the action on America’s pastime mainly comes from Americans.

Prior to the season, the Bovada regarded the Washington Nationals as the World Series favorites, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals. Those teams all watch the championship series at home. The Mets and Royals entered the season at 28-1, the Blue Jays at 25-1, and the Cubs at 14-1.

The first pitch in the Blue Jays-Royals series crosses the plate at 7:07 Central Friday night. Cubs-Mets gets underway at the same time on Saturday night.

While the competing online bookies disagree on the favorite, they all agree on the underdog. That’s okay with Mets fans. The Amazins know the spot well.