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Korean Baseball Organization Betting Odds

A KBO game between SK Wyverns vs Hanwha Eagles

While the MLB season was delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball fans had the opportunity to wager on South Korea’s top league, the Korea Baseball Organization, which began on May 5. The KBO League reached a deal with ESPN to air six regular-season games per week.

Heading into the 2020 KBO season, online sportsbook Bovada made the Doosan Bears the betting favorite to repeat as league champions at +350 followed by the SK Wyverns at +400, the Kiwoom Heroes at +450, the NC Dinos at +600 and the KIA Tigers at +800 to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard.

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Here’s a look at the betting odds for September 24 contests:

KIA Tigers vs KT Wiz
TeamRunlineMoneylineTotal
KIA Tigers+1.5 (-185)+105O 9.5 (-120)
KT Wiz-1.5 (+140)-135U 9.5 (-110)

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

LG Twins vs NC Dinos
TeamRunlineMoneylineTotal
LG Twins-1.5 (+140)-105O 11.5 (-115)
NC Dinos+1.5 (-185)-125U 11.5 (-115)

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

Lotte Giants vs Hanwha Eagles 
TeamRunlineMoneylineTotal
Lotte Giants-1.5 (+120)-135O 9.5 (EVEN)
Hanwha Eagles+1.5 (-155)EVENU 9.5 (-130)

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

SK Wyverns vs Kiwoom Heroes
TeamRunlineMoneylineTotal
SK Wyverns+1.5 (+135)+285O 8.5 (-135)
Kiwoom Heroes-1.5 (-175)-400U 8.5 (EVEN)

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

Samsung Lions vs Doosan Bears
TeamRunlineMoneylineTotal
Samsung Lions+1.5 (-160)+125O 8.5 (-125)
Doosan Bears-1.5 (+125)-165U 8.5 (-105)

Odds as of September 23 at Bovada

What You Need To Know About The KBO

Originally, the first pitch of the KBO regular season was set to fly in late March, but the coronavirus pushed that start date to early May. There are 10 teams that compete in the KBO and each team plays 144 games.

During the regular season, each team will play the nine other teams 16 times leading to the playoffs. The top five teams advance for a shot to win the championship in a ladder-style tournament. The lowest seeds have to win to advance, while the top seed has a direct berth into the KBO Korean Series aka the championship series.

Last season, the Doosan Bears won the league championship, marking the fifth straight year they have either won or been the runner-up. That said, the KIA Tigers have won the most titles at 11, most recently winning in 2017.

You will have to be an early riser if you want to watch the action, though, as most games are scheduled to air at 1 a.m. ET on Sundays, 4 a.m. ET on Saturdays and 5:30 a.m. ET for the majority of the other games.

How To Bet On the KBO

Much like you make a bet on MLB, there are essentially two ways of betting on the KBO. You can place a futures bet on which team will win the KBO Korean Series, or you can get in on the action with daily games.

For daily wagers, the options are identical to MLB with runlines, moneylines, totals, five-inning lines and first-inning totals. The runline will typically be separated by one run, either -1 or +1, which opens the door for a PUSH in a one-run game.

The neat thing about betting on the KBO League is that with the games starting super early in the morning, if you’re good at handicapping it, you open your betting account to see that you have made money while you slept – not a bad thing to wake up to!

Unsure of how to place a wager on baseball? Not to worry, we have put together a great betting tutorial to assist you in how to bet on baseball.

Odds To Win KBO Korean Series

As mentioned above, the Doosan Bears are the reigning champions after sweeping the Kiwoom Heroes in four games in the Korean Series. The Bears had a bye to the Korean Series after finishing the season with an 88-55-1 record. That record tied with SK Wyverns but the Bears were ranked ahead after winning their head-to-head series. 

Heading into the 2020 campaign, last year’s top two teams, the Bears and Wyverns, were atop the oddsboard to be the top two teams this season. 

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the 2020 KBO Korean Series.

Korea Baseball Organization Betting Odds
TeamOdds
Doosan Bears+350
SK Wyverns+400
Kiwoom Heroes+450
NC Dinos+600
KIA Tigers+800
LG Twins+800
Samsung Lions+1200
KT Wiz+1600
Lotte Giants+2000
Hanwha Eagles+2200

Odds as of May 4 at Bovada