With the prospect of a new MLB (Major League Baseball) season on the horizon, so the attentions of baseball fans and betting fans start to turn to which sides could have a realistic shot at this season’s World Series. Both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) are expected to produce a number of sides capable of winning it, with the current pre-season favourite being the Washington Nationals. This may seem a little odd, as they have not made serious additions to their team since last year and have a youthful squad, but they demonstrated real mettle in winning the NL East Division last season.

The LA Angels are the second favourites, and in fact you can get similar odds of 8/1 on them at many of the sports betting sites. They possessed an impressive squad last season and, with the addition of Josh Hamilton to their payroll, it is not hard to see why they are considered strong favourites. Their LA rivals, the Dodgers have spent a small fortune in the hopes of pushing for the World Series, and are in fourth spot with the sports betting sites at 10/1, but they will have to reckon with the current World Series holders – the San Francisco Giants – in the NL West Division first. The Giants are a little way down the rankings, with odds of 14/1, but with two World Series wins in three seasons, they will still attract a lot of bets.

Indeed, there are so many sides that have the quality and potential to win the World Series this season that you may prefer to let the season play out a little before making your choice. The betting game doesn’t get any easier, and knowing this, online casinos have been looking to tap into the target audience of the bookmakers’ by offering slots games themed around sports.

One example of this is Hot Shot, which you can play at an iPhone casino while you wait. Probably the best baseball themed slots game on the market, Hot Shot combines superb graphics of hitters, pitchers, catcher mitts and a baseball green, with equally impressive sound effects of fans and bats hitting baseballs. These add a real dimension of excitement that a typical slots game may not have, but you still get the best features of slots, like cheap play, a great jackpot ($2000) and a good chance of winning some money.

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