More money is bet on the World Series than anything else in baseball. Now that legal online sportsbooks have arrived in Iowa, you can bet on all the MLB action you like, including which team you think will win the World Series. And not just during the series itself, but all year long via the futures market.
Once the American and National League Championship series winners are decided, Iowa online sportsbooks start taking bets on every World Series game and almost every other on-field aspect of the Fall Classic.
If you’ve ever thought about betting on the World Series, check our guide below for the latest World Series odds from IA sportsbooks and how to read MLB betting lines. Plus, we share how to claim your new player sign-up bonuses and earn free bets.
See below for a live feed of World Series betting odds direct from IA online sportsbooks. Click on any odds to go directly to the sportsbook, open a new betting account and claim your free bets or bonuses. Use the drop-down menu to see other MLB futures odds. When the World Series is on, you’ll find live odds (moneylines, run lines, totals) for each game as well.
Once the World Series begins, you can bet on every single game at Iowa online sportsbooks. Basic World Series game lines include:
There may also be the following alternative World Series game lines available:
There are also lines on the entire World Series, including:
See the feed above for the most current odds on the World Series favorites this year. Three MLB teams projected to be World Series favorites in 2021 at the start of the season:
In 2020, the LA Dodgers snapped a World Series drought that dated back to 1988. So far, it appears most of that same team will look to repeat in 2021.
The Yankees lost to Tampa Bay in the American League Division Series last year. Adding some pitching in the offseason has oddsmakers thinking they may add to their MLB-best 27 World Series wins in 2021.
The Padres challenged the Dodgers in the NL West and lost to the Dodgers National League Division Series in 2020. Adding more pitching in the offseason should make them an even bigger challenge to the Dodgers and, therefore, a World Series threat.
The 2020 Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Wild Card Series. But everybody else lost to the Dodgers, too. They also lost in the Wild Card Round to the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals in 2019.
But if you’re looking for a World Series longshot, it’s hard to look past this team. The Brewers have already signed left-handed hitter and golden glove winner Kolten Wong away from the St. Louis Cardinals. A few more offseason additions and key subtractions could make them a contender again, making them more than worth a +4000 flyer this season.
If you don’t want to reach that far back for your longshots, the +2200 St. Louis Cardinals with Nolan Arenado now at the hot corner aren’t a bad bet either.
World Series futures let you bet on any team you want to win the World Series. You can place these bets in the offseason, during spring training, MLB regular season and postseason, and until the World Series begins.
You’ll book the futures bet at the currently posted moneyline odds. Those odds will change throughout the year, alongside that team’s chances of winning the World Series. However, they won’t change for your bet, as you will have locked in the sportsbook odds at the time you placed the bet. That means you get paid at the odds you locked in if the team you bet on wins the World Series.
Iowa online sportsbooks will post World Series futures odds for all 30 MLB teams. Then, as teams fall out of contention, they drop off the board and the odds shrink on the real contenders. That means that the odds are usually bigger the earlier you place a bet. The initial odds are based on past performance and future projections, including the projected impact of changes to the roster of each club in the offseason.
They are first adjusted during spring training, depending on performance and real-time data, including injury reports and the projected impact of lineup changes due to injuries, trades, and signings. The odds continue to adjust throughout the regular season, depending on performance, standings, injuries and roster movement.
Once the MLB postseason begins, the odds move even more with each game and series until the American and National League Championship Series end. Then, the World Series matchup is set and betting on World Series futures becomes simply betting on the World Series itself.
Sports betting giant DraftKings Sportsbook has all the MLB and World Series betting markets you’ll ever need, including live odds. Previous DraftKings Sportsbook World Series promotions have included offering 100-1 odds on any World Series game, giving you the chance to turn $1 into $100.
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FanDuel Sportsbook offers a distinct combination of user-friendly software and great promos that can make World Series betting a lot of fun. Previous FanDuel Sportsbook World Series promotions have included a $5 site credit bonus for every win in the first 10 games back for any team you bet at least $50 on in the World Series futures market last season.
Plus, another offering is a $5 site credit bonus for every run scored by the team you bet on when you bet at least $50 on the moneyline in any World Series game.
You are also entitled to as much as a $1,000 risk-free bet if you sign up for a new account with FanDuel through our exclusive link.
One of the biggest names in US gaming is in the Iowa sports betting market: BetMGM Sportsbook is a destination for online World Series betting. Previous BetMGM Sportsbook World Series promotions have included offering up $100 in free bets to anyone who bet at least $1 on a World Series game, as long as either team hit a home run in the game you bet on.
You are also entitled to up to a $1,000 risk-free bet if you sign up for a new account with BetMGM using our exclusive bonus code: PLAYBONUS.
Below is a look at the World Series records for 29 of the 30 MLB franchises listed in order of World Series appearances. The 30th team is the Seattle Mariners, who have never appeared in a World Series.
|Team||League||Appearances||Wins||Last Appearance||Last Win|
|New York Yankees||AL||40||27||2009||2009|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||21||7||2020||2020|
|San Francisco Giants||NL||20||8||2014||2014|
|St. Louis Cardinals||NL||19||11||2013||2011|
|Boston Red Sox||AL||13||9||2018||2018|
|Chicago White Sox||AL||5||3||2005||2005|
|New York Mets||NL||5||2||2015||1986|
|Kansas City Royals||AL||4||2||2015||2015|
|Toronto Blue Jays||AL||2||2||1993||1993|
|Tampa Bay Rays||AL||2||0||2020||N/A|
|San Diego Padres||NL||2||0||1998||N/A|
|Los Angeles Angels||AL||1||1||2002||2002|
As the chart above shows, the New York Yankees are, by far, the all-time World Series team.
The Yankees have appeared in more World Series (40) and won more World Series (27) than anybody else. In fact, the Yankees’ 27 World Series wins is six more World Series wins than the LA Dodgers have World Series appearances, and the Dodgers are No. 2 all-time in World Series appearances.
A total of 27 wins in 40 appearances gives the Yanks a 67.5% World Series-winning percentage in years where they make it, which is also better than the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the only other teams with 20-plus appearances. The bottom line is that when it comes to the World Series, there’s the Yankees and everybody else.
The fact is it would take more than twenty years of consecutive World Series wins for any team to catch the Yankees, and the only team even remotely capable of a streak like that is the Yankees. They’re the only team that’s ever won five consecutive (1949-53) and four consecutive (1936-39). The Oakland Athletics (1972-74) is the only team besides the Yankees (1998-2000) to win three straight World Series.
Consider the following when diving into the World Series futures market this year:
You can bet on the World Series at legal and regulated sportsbooks across Iowa, including online sportsbooks DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM. Plus, there are several retail sportsbooks in Iowa casinos taking MLB and World Series bets.
The World Series futures market lets you bet on who you think will win the World Series this year. However, you can also bet on MLB futures, including:
The year 1919 was the Black Sox scandal. Several members of the Chicago White Sox and some notorious gamblers were accused of conspiring to throw the World Series.
The Sox were big favorites but lost to the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 in the best-of-nine series. A couple of years later, eight Sox players were banned from baseball even though no criminal charges stuck. The 1998 film Eight Men Out, starring John Cusack and Charlie Sheen and based on Eliot Asinof’s 1963 book, immortalized the story.
The 2020 World Series was played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. It is likely that the World Series will be played in the American and National leagues’ champions’ home stadiums. The team with the best record gets home-field advantage and will host games one, two, five and seven. The other hosts games three, four and six.