Bet on MLB The Show

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Like the NBA, with the NBA 2K tournament before it, Major League Baseball has created its own MLB The Show league. Professional MLB players will be pitted against each other in what promises to be an esports spectacle.

Sportsbooks are already offering odds, so if you are thinking about betting on this MLB esports tournament, here is what you need to know.

MLB Goes Virtual with MLB The Show

Based on the long-running MLB video game series by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the MLB The Show tournament was conceived as a charity event. Professional players will be playing against each other in an effort to win the $25,000 prize the winner will donate to charity. 

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Additionally, each of the players participating in the MLB The Show League will receive a $5,000 donation. The prize money, which totals up to $175,000, will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the cities where the players’ teams are from.

The Format

MLB The Show league will be played out over three weeks with 29 games in total. Each game will last for three innings and both the division and the championship games will be best of three. Finally, the World Series will be a best of five.

A total of 30 players will participate in the tournament, divided into six divisions. Here is what the divisions will look like:

AL East
Bo Bichette (Blue Jays)
Dwight Smith Jr. (Orioles)
Blake Snell (Rays)
Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox)
Tommy Kahnle (Yankees)
AL Central
Carlos Santana (Indians)
Brett Phillips (Royals)
Niko Goodrum (Tigers)
Trevor May (Twins)
Lucas Giolito (White Sox)
AL West
Ty Buttrey (Angels)
Lance McCullers (Astros)
Jesús Luzardo (A’s)
Carl Edwards Jr. (Mariners)
Joey Gallo (Rangers)
NL East
Luke Jackson (Braves)
Ryne Stanek (Marlins)
Jeff McNeil (Mets)
Juan Soto (Nationals)
Rhys Hoskins (Phillies)
NL Central
Josh Hader (Brewers)
Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
Ian Happ (Cubs)
Cole Tucker (Pirates)
Amir Garrett (Reds)
NL West
Jon Duplantier (D-backs)
Gavin Lux (Dodgers)
Hunter Pence (Giants)
Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres)
David Dahl (Rockies)

Where to Watch MLB The Show

The MLB has made the event widely available, so people interested in watching will have multiple ways to tune in. All of the MLB social media accounts will be broadcasting the event live, so anyone can watch the full MLB The Show league for free. Fans can also tune in through live streams on YouTube and Twitch. You can find the full schedule and the links to the live streams on the official MLB website.

How to Bet on MLB The Show

Select sportsbooks are accepting wagers on this MLB esports tournament. Here’s a slice of the current betting lines for MLB The Show division and outright winners:

AL West Winner:
Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers)-500
Lance McCullers Jr. (Houston Astros)+800
Ty Buttrey (Los Angeles Angels)+1100
Carl Edwards Jr. (Seattle Mariners)+1400
Jesus Luzardo (Oakland Athletics)+1400
NL Central Winner:
Amir Garrett (Cincinnati Reds)-150
Josh Hader (Milwaukee Brewers)+350
Cole Tucker (Pittsburgh Pirates)+600
Ian Happ (Chicago Cubs)+800
Matt Carpenter (St. Louis Cardinals)+1100
MLB The Show 2020 Winner:
Blake Snell (Tampa Bay Rays)+550
Amir Garrett (Cincinnati Reds)+600
Trevor May (Minnesota Twins )+600
Hunter Pence (San Francisco Giants)+1200
Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies)+1200
Eduardo Rodriguez (Boston Red Sox)+2000
Ian Happ (Chicago Cubs)+2000
Lance McCullers Jr (Houston Astros)+2000
Ty Buttrey (Los Angeles Angels)+2000
Gavin Lux (Los Angeles Dodgers)+2000
Jeff McNeill (New York Mets)+2000
Tommy Kahnle (New York Yankees)+2000
Juan Soto (Washington Nationals)+2000
Luke Jackson (Atlanta Braves)+2000
Dwight Smith Jr (Baltimore Orioles)+2000

How to Bet on Esports

Since this is an MLB esports event, you might be uncertain as to how you actually bet on esports. Well, you will be relieved to hear that esports betting is, actually, pretty much the same as traditional sports betting. 

All you need to do is register with an online sportsbook – the choices are similar to betting on baseball – find the MLB esports tournament, make your selection, and place a bet. You should be able to find the MLB The Show league either under the Esports or the Baseball tab. If this is your first time registering, you might even be eligible for a welcome bonus, so that’s a nice addition.

There is, however, one important caveat regarding esports betting. It’s the fact that betting on esports and virtual sports is still not widely legalized in the US. As of late, however, we have seen The Nevada Gaming Commission allow betting on certain esports events. So, there is a possibility we will see certain lines appear.

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