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As the long Major League Baseball season plays out, sports bettors continue to watch and compare World Series odds at the many Michigan online sportsbooks. MLB futures allow you to bet on any team you like to win the World Series, starting before the season even starts and continuing all of the way to October. Below find more about betting on the World Series in Michigan, including how and where to bet online, along with the latest World Series odds.

Compare World Series odds at Michigan online sportsbooks

See below for live World Series futures odds at MI online sportsbooks. Odds will change throughout the season. Click on any odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus, and lock in your World Series bets. Also, visit this page during the World Series itself for live moneyline, run line, and totals bet on each game.

How to bet on the World Series

Once the World Series starts, there are many ways you can bet on it in Michigan. This includes moneyline, run line, totals, and team or player prop wagering for each World Series game. Bets on the series as a whole and series-based prop betting are available as well.

But you don’t have to wait for October to bet on the World Series. Michigan sportsbooks allow betting on MLB futures markets starting in the offseason, running through spring training and the regular season, and into the MLB postseason up until the World Series is set.

What are World Series futures?

World Series futures are the bets you can make at Michigan sports betting sites on any team to win the World Series during the offseason, spring training, regular season, and MLB postseason.

You can pick any team you like to win the World Series, and you’ll book that bet at currently posted moneyline odds. Those odds might change for future betting alongside a team’s chances of winning the World Series, but you’ll lock in the odds at the time you place the bet.

Teams out of contention will drop off the board. The odds will shrink on the true contenders as the season continues until the two World Series teams remain.

How World Series futures odds work

During the offseason, Michigan sportsbooks post the odds on all 30 teams to win the World Series.

Oddsmakers base these odds on last season’s stats and standings, future projections, the impact of significant offseason roster changes, and team history. The odds may be adjusted through spring training based on real-life performance, injuries, and how those might affect the regular-season performance of each team.

The World Series futures odds are adjusted even further throughout the regular season based on real-life performance, current standings, significant injuries, and roster moves. Teams that play their way out of contention will drop off the board throughout the season, driving the odds on the real contenders down even further.

Finally, the postseason starts, and the odds are adjusted heavily based on game and series wins and losses, all the way up until the American and National League Championship Series are over. At that point, the World Series futures market becomes simply the World Series betting market.

How the MLB Playoffs work

Normally, all 30 MLB teams play 162 regular season games, and six teams in each of the National and American Leagues earn spots in the MLB postseason. This field includes the three division winners and the three additional teams with the best records outside of the division winners in each league.

The MLB postseason starts in October and includes four rounds, starting with the Wild Card round. These series are between the three wild cards and the division winner with the worst record, and are best-of-three format.

The winners and the two division winners who got a bye, then face off in the Division Series. These series follow a best-of-five format.

The winners of the Division Series round then face off in the best-of-seven Championship Series. Finally, the winners of the American League and National League pennants face one another in the World Series, which also follows a best-of-seven format.

Michigan sportsbooks will offer a full slate of MLB betting markets for every game throughout the regular season and postseason. Also, as noted above, World Series futures bets will be offered throughout the season as well.

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World Series futures betting tips

The World Series futures market presents a unique betting opportunity for everyone from casual sports fans betting for the first time to experienced handicappers who follow MLB religiously.

If you find yourself a part of the former group and are considering betting in the World Series futures market this season, mull the following:

  • Bet early: The earlier you book a World Series futures bet, the better the odds tend to be. As the MLB season goes on and the contenders separate themselves for the pretenders, the odds on the teams with a realistic chance of making the MLB postseason tend to shrink. They shrink even further the closer the World Series gets. All that means you’re almost always better off betting in the World Series futures market as early as you can.
  • Bet with yourself: If you have a team you like in the MLB World Series futures market, it makes sense to bet that team in other MLB futures markets as well. You can spread your money around a little, betting that team to make the postseason, win its division, or the AL or NL pennant. You’ll increase your profits if they accomplish all this and win the World Series. Plus, you might still make a profit if they fall just short of a World Series title.

NL vs. AL World Series wins

The American League Champions and National League Champions have met in the World Series 119 times. Through 2023, the AL champs have won 68 and the NL champs 51.

No team has won more World Series titles than the American League’s New York Yankees, who have won the World Series a whopping 27 times. However, the last Yankees World Series win was in 2009.

The only other team with 10 or more World Series wins is the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals, who have 11. The Cardinals last won the World Series in 2011.

TeamLeagueAppearancesSeries Wins
New York Yankees AL 40 27
St. Louis CardinalsNL1911
Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox AL 13 9
San Francisco Giants NL208
Los Angeles Dodgers NL217
Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates AL 75
Detroit Tigers AL 114
Chicago Cubs NL 113
Atlanta Braves NL 104
Baltimore Orioles AL 73
Minnesota Twins AL63
Chicago White Sox AL53
Philadelphia Phillies NL82
Cleveland GuardiansAL62
New York Mets NL52
Houston Astros NL52
Kansas City RoyalsAL42
Miami Marlins NL22
Toronto Blue Jays AL22
Texas RangersAL31
Washington Nationals NL11
Los Angeles Angels AL11
Arizona Diamondbacks NL11

All-Time World Series Champions

The Yankees have appeared in 40 World Series and won 27 of them. No other team is even close to the Yankees when it comes to World Series wins. It would take a decade and a half of consecutive World Series wins for any team to catch them at this point.

Beginning in the 1920s, the Yankees won two or more World Series in every decade except the 1980s and the 2010s. They were shut out in those two decades. However, they won at least one American League pennant in every decade from the 1920s until the 2010s.

The Yankees are the only team ever to have won five consecutive World Series, from 1949-53. They are also the only team ever to have won four consecutive World Series, managing that feat in the previously mentioned run, along with 1936-39.

The Yankees also won three consecutive World Series from 1998-2000. The Oakland Athletics are the only other team to have three-peated, winning from 1972-74.

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

World Series Betting FAQ

Michigan’s first retail sportsbooks launched inside Detroit’s three commercial casinos, MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel, and MotorCity Casino Hotel, in early 2020. Several online sports betting sites launched in Michigan during 2020 and 2021. All of them accept bets on futures, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

The World Series futures market is by far the most popular, but there are some MLB futures you can also bet on. The list includes:

  • Regular-season team win totals
  • Division champions
  • Wild card teams
  • To make the playoffs
  • AL and NL pennant winners
  • MLB Awards including AL and NL MVP and CY Young
  • Award winners
  • Player futures including regular-season stats leaders

The World Series is played in the home ballparks of the American and National League Champions. That means we won’t know where exactly the World Series will take place until two teams emerge as American and National League Champions.

Home-field advantage is awarded to the league championship team with the best regular-season win-loss record of the two. That means Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be hosted by the team with the best record and the other team will host Games 3, 4, and 6.

The 1919 World Series featured the Black Sox Scandal, involving charges against several members of the Chicago White Sox and various gamblers for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series games.

The underdog Cincinnati Reds beat the heavily favored White Sox to win the best-of-nine World Series five games to three. Two years later, eight players from the White Sox were banned from baseball for allegedly fixing the series even though they were acquitted of any criminal charges.

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