Bookmakers favor Astros over Braves for World Series


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Bookmakers favor Astros over Braves for World Series

Sportsbooks have installed the Houston Astros as World Series favorites over the Atlanta Braves.

Caesars Sportsbook opened with the Astros as -150 favorites over the Braves after Atlanta finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in the National League Championship Series to earn their spot in the World Series. Since then, the price has dropped to Houston -145, with the Braves at the +125 list.

Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday night in Houston.

The Astros are in the World Series for the third time in five seasons and some sportsbooks face significant liability. In late June, Houston furniture store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale bet $ 3.35 million on the Astros to win the World Series with a probability of about 10-1.

McIngvale regularly uses the betting market to cover promotions in its store. His biggest reported bet on the Astros, $ 2 million at 10-1 at Caesars Sportsbook, would pay out $ 20 million net and be one of the largest payouts at US sportsbooks.

Atlanta didn’t look like a World Series contender for much of the season. The Braves’ World Series odds dropped to around 40-1 in mid-July after All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. suffered a season-ending ACL tear.

The Braves did not rise above .500 until Aug. 6, making them the first team to reach the World Series despite not having a winning record until the end of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


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