Baseball Betting in Canada
As with most sports, there are a multitude of betting options for Baseball. Ever since the Expos left for Washington, Canadian hopes for a World Series have rested with the Blue Jays, but it’s been one frustrating season after another for a long time. Don’t worry though, even if the Jays aren’t winning, you can still enjoy baseball a little more if there’s a few bucks riding on the game.
The most popular markets are the overall outcome, the handicap and the over and under, but you can bet on just about all aspects of the game from who will reach the World Series to individual player props to regional division winners. There are also a variety of bets on match day allowing you to bet on multiple team parlays. The chances are if it happens, you can get a bet on it. Almost all of the sportsbooks out there support lines on baseball and it would be impossible to go through them all, so we will look at the betting sites which are most ‘Canadian-friendly‘.
888sport is a relative newcomer to baseball betting. The firm has a good reputation in the casino and poker markets and although it has had a full sportsbook since 1997, it is never been well known as a big hitter in baseball betting. It hasn’t taken 888sport long to catch up. There is a substantial list of bets available. First up, you have around a dozen markets per game. Total number of runs, first team to score, over/under, first innings winners and first five innings are all covered.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg. The amount of future bets available on 88sport is staggering. There are over 250 individual markets to bet on. Furthermore there is a comprehensive live betting portal as well as a handy app which is compatible with iphone and android. The odds on offer are competitive, but it is the sheer number of bets available that is the main attraction. 888sport seem to be really trying to invest in Canadian customers are making a big play to attract Canucks at the moment. Canadian dollars are accepted and there are a lot of Canadian banking options available.
Never one to be outdone, Sportsinteraction also boasts a huge range of baseball bets. It even outdoes 888sport in offering 24 bets per game as well as an extensive book on futures. In fact, it has even more betting lines than 888sport. Sportsinteraction has to have one of the most comprehensive sportsbooks out there. When you take into consideration it’s brilliant stats and preview section, not to mention the fully interactive nature of it’s site, you are looking at one of the best betting platforms available. Add to this a full live betting section and full mobile site and you are looking at something special.
Once again Canadians are well catered for when it comes to banking options and there are some tempting promos on offer exclusively for Canadian customers into the bargain. As with most sites (presumably because of TV rights) there is no live streaming available, but the wide coverage of baseball on television means this isn’t really an issue. Sportsinteraction’s odds are sharp without being overly generous. I was very impressed by the amount of markets available on 888sport, but if anything Sportsinteraction surpasses this. A truly great site for people interested in sports betting in general and baseball in particular.
Bet365 may be a European based site, but it’s dedication to baseball betting is impressive. You can bet on Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and Mexican League. There are a number of bets available per game and a healthy list of futures betting. As it is a European site, there may not be quite as many markets available as on 888sport or Sportsinteraction, but while it may not match the depth of 888sport and Sportsinteraction in the number of betting markets, it compensates for this by the generous odds and promotions available in games.
You can get 50% bonus on multiple game parlays and a number of additional promos per game. One aspect that Bet365 does trump it’s North American competitors is it’s very impressive statistics section. Anything (and I do mean anything) you want to know can be found here. For a site that doesn’t have a great history of baseball betting it is an incredibly detailed section. It also suggests that Bet365 are serious about expanding their baseball lines given the level of detail. The site is huge and you can guarantee they won’t want to miss out on a sportsbook as lucrative as baseball. In play betting is also excellent and you can access their mobile betting either through an app or via their mobile site. They have every angle covered.
Sportingbet is a site with a real focus on Canadian customers. Despite being operated out of the UK and recently being bought over by William Hill, the site has never lost site of it’s commitment to Canadians. Canadian dollars are accepted and you can deposit and withdraw using a variety of methods familiar to Canadians. The main appeal of this site is how user friendly it is. Yes, there is an extensive list of baseball betting, but it is presented in a manner which is very easy to negotiate and easy to understand for customers who are not overly familiar with the ins and outs of baseball betting. There is a great line in special props and player match-ups which inject a bit of fun into proceedings. Odds on outsiders are more generous than those available for favourites and they aren’t as generous for future events as Bet365 or Sportsinteraction, but on the whole it is a very good site with much to offer. The live betting and mobile betting portals are solid also.
As the popularity of baseball in North America and beyond soars, so too does the number of betting options available. With a sport as statistic-heavy as baseball, it stands to reason that you will be able to bet on it’s every dimension. With more and more European-based bookmakers turning their attention to the sport it can only be good news for baseball fans. There will be an increase in betting lines available, not to mention more competitive odds. At the moment, the North American sites lead the way, but they will have to stay sharp to fend off the European competition.