Sports betting engagement is on the rise, as the Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros in one of the most integral and adored events in the US sporting calendar, the World Series.
The series brings to a close a dramatic postseason, which has seen the cream of the crop in baseball battle it out to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Oddschecker’s Pete Watt underlined that the prestige of the event and its longstanding place in American sporting history means it’s one of the most engaging events in the calendar.
He stated: “Given that it’s the climax of the season for one of America’s four ‘major’ sports, we can expect to see a significant amount of interest from bettors. Following an increase of 18% of total bets placed on the World Series winner market during the regular season compared to last year, we could expect to see a similar rise in engagement for the Fall Classic itself.”
This season’s competition has benefited from the presence and genuine ambitions of one of US sports’ most esteemed names, the New York Yankees. Following a successful regular season, the Yankees struck out at the final hurdle as they sought to reach the World Series.
Watt added: “I think that the 18% increase I mentioned earlier likely had something to do with the Yankees top-tier performances in 2019. Having a ‘big name’ in the latter stages of any sporting competition is likely to whet the appetite of sports bettors, whether they are Yankees fans backing their team or opposition fans desperate to profit from the fall of a colossus.”
With two teams relatively well matched, he went onto weigh up the distinct possibility that the series leads to the apex of excitement in US sport and heads to the promised land of game seven.
“Despite the discrepancy on the betting market. The Nationals have already performed wonders to get this far and given how exciting their season has been, it only seems fitting that they would snatch it at the last! The best price for a seventh game is +105 and can be backed with FanDuel.”