Baseball is one of the most popular sports in South Korea. Its top league started the new season last Tuesday. 10 teams are competing in the KBO League, which got the attention of many baseball fans in the suspension of other major leagues. Bet on baseball in South Korea, we show you the favorites.
Baseball was introduced in South Korea by the Americans in 1905, but it gained wide popularity after the Second World War. The Korean Baseball Championship was established in 1982, along with six professional clubs. In 1994 the first Korean player, Chan Ho Park was signed by Los Angeles Dodgers and had a great career in the MLB. His example was followed by other players making the game even more popular in the country. The seasons are running normally between March and October, but this year it only started last week. As it’s the only major baseball league running at the moment, many American fans have joined to watch the games after major sports channels also broadcast them.
Bet on baseball in South Korea and guess the winner of the season
On different online gambling sites in South Korea, like 1xBet sportsbook, you can already make a bet on the winner of the new season. The biggest favorite to finish on top of the league is Doosan Bears with the odds of 4.50. The club from the capital, Seul has a long tradition as it won the first championship in 1982, and have been champions five more times since. They also won in the last season, which was their third victory in the last five years. No wonder they are the favorites to win again this season.
One of their biggest rivals can be SK Wyverns, a more recent team, founded in 2000. They won the Korean series in 2007 after defeating Doosan Bears in six games. The team repeated this result in 2008 and in 2010 as well against Samsung Lions. Their last title is from 2018, when they beat their big rival, Doosan Bear once again. The odds for another title is 5.50 at 1xBet Sportsbook.
Other big clubs and their odds
The Korean league’s most successful team is Kia Tigers with 11 titles. They are based in the southwestern city of Gwangju. The team had its best period in the 1980s, but they were struggling in the 2000s. Though they managed to win in 2009 and 2017, last season they only finished in the 7th place. Online sportsbooks in South Korea are only giving them the odds of 16.00 at 1xBet Sportsbook to win this season. Even though they have one of the best players in the league in Hyeon-jong Yang.
Another big club with a long history, Samsung Lions got even worse odds, 21.00. The club which is based in the city of Daegu won the title eight times. They are the first Korean team to win four consecutive titles between 2011 and 2014. But in the last few years they only finished in the second part of the league, not qualifying for the postseason places.
A team which could surprise this year is Kiwoom Heroes. They were founded in 2008 on the ashes of Hyundai Unicorns which belonged to the most successful teams until it was disbanded in 2008. Kiwoom finished second last season when they lost 0-4 against Doosan Bears. If you want to bet on baseball in South Korea check them out. As their odds to win their first title this year is not bad with 6.00.