Yankees Overwhelming Favorite to Win World Series

WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO (October 2, 2006)—Following one of the most dramatic finishes in regular season history where three division winners weren’t determined until the season’s final day, baseball fans everywhere are anticipating another memorable postseason and Fall Classic. With the Major League Baseball playoffs beginning this week, leading online sportsbook PinnacleSports.com today released updated odds to win the World Series and American and National League Championships.

The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com currently lists the New York Yankees as overwhelming favorites to win their 27th World Series title at 9/5 odds (i.e., win $9 for every $5 bet). After capturing the American League Central Division title on the final day of the season, the red-hot Minnesota Twins have been installed with the second-best odds to capture their first world championship since 1991 at 5/1. Owners of the National League’s best record, the New York Mets have been listed as the top championship contender from the senior circuit at 6/1 followed closely by the surging San Diego Padres at 17/2.

Entering the playoffs for the first time in three years after having claimed the AL West title, the Oakland Athletics are 9/1 long shots to win their first World Series title since 1989. After backing into the playoffs by winning the NL Central title on the season’s final day, PinnacleSports.com lists the slumping St. Louis Cardinals at 13/1 to avenge their loss in the 2004 Fall Classic. Making their first postseason appearance in 19 years, the Detroit Tigers are 14/1 long shots to win the World Series after suffering a season-ending sweep by the Royals that cost them the AL Central crown. Meanwhile, owners of the National League wild card, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the longest odds of the eight playoff teams to capture the world championship at 15/1.

In addition to offering odds on the World Series and pennant winners, PinnacleSports.com is offering bettors the unique opportunity to play their extremely popular World Series Pick 4. This betting proposition allows players to pick the exact order of finish of the final four Major League teams in the playoffs, listed as: World Series winner, World Series runner-up, ALCS runner-up, and NLCS runner-up. There are 128 possible outcomes to choose from with the most likely result being Yankees/Mets/Twins/Padres which bettors can wager on at 16/1 odds.

Current Odds:  All Odds Subject To Change

Odds To Win 2006 World Series
New York Yankees 9/5
Minnesota Twins 5/1
New York Mets  6/1
San Diego Padres 17/2
Oakland Athletics 9/1
St. Louis Cardinals 13/1
Detroit Tigers  14/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 15/1

Odds To Win 2006 AL Pennant
New York Yankees 1/1
Minnesota Twins 11/4
Oakland Athletics 6/1
Detroit Tigers  7/1

Odds To Win 2006 NL Pennant
New York Mets  9/5
San Diego Padres 11/4
Los Angeles Dodgers 4/1
St. Louis Cardinals 7/2

For a complete list of MLB postseason odds, please visit pinnaclesports.com.

About PinnacleSports.com
PinnacleSports.com is the Internet’s largest sports betting site serving customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1998, PinnacleSports.com was the first sports book to introduce reduced margin wagering, using a -105 pricing model that gives bettors up to 50% better value on wagers than traditional bookmakers. With low minimum bet requirements and the highest maximum limits on the Web, PinnacleSports.com has earned an industry leading reputation for providing consistent value to the player, professional customer service and the quickest payouts online. Fully licensed and regulated in Curacao, the company offers a secure environment for sports betting, racing and casino gaming.

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