We already know wagers can be placed on pretty much anything these days, so it’s no surprise action is available on the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections next week. The first place to post lines was of course MyBookie Sportsbook, who are fast becoming known as one of the craziest gambling websites in the industry, led by maverick Head Trader, David Strauss.
We mention Strauss specifically because shortly after his aggressive interview on Breitbart Radio this past Saturday morning, “MB” received a flurry of action staking the Democrats to control the House of Representatives after he bragged he was actually favoring Republicans to win (and was therefore pricing Dems like an underdog). The line then swung drastically as the always-bombastic Strauss admitted on air they would accept wagers up to $1,000 and if polls are correct, this is basically free money for anyone backing the Dems. However, he claimed it was these same polls that originally led him to treat them as dogs: he asserted that the polling process is skewed by unemployed people answering landlines and there’s an inherent liberal bias within the questions themselves.
Taking that into consideration, MyBookie now has Democrats and Republicans both paying -120 to control the House after next Tuesday, so perhaps David just can’t take his foot off of the gas after his bold proclamations. In any event, all the most hotly-contested senate seats in the 2018 Midterms are available, such as Delaware with Tom Carper (D) -800 vs. Rob Arlett (R) +500, Florida with Bill Nelson (D) -120 vs. Rick Scott (R) -120, and Indiana with Joe Donnelly (D) -125 VS. Mike Braun (R) -105.
Pretty much every senate seat up for grabs from Hawaii to Maine can be staked, with the biggest names on ballots, including any Independent candidate of note. For example, who will win Maryland’s seat with Ben Cardin (D) -1000, Tony Campbell (R) +600, Arvin Vohra (L) +2000, Neal Simon (I) +2000, and Edward Shlikas (I) +2000. Now that’s a crowded field.
Besides the battle for Maryland, adventurous punters will be happy to learn there are three other big underdogs to throw down on, but all are definitely long shots. Marcia Squier (I) in Michigan pays +2000, Japheth Campbell (L) in Missouri is +2000, and Lawrence Zupan (R) in Vermont is +2000. The odds on Zupan actually seem a little low considering he’s running against Vermont’s favorite son, Bernie Sanders.
In fact, MyBookie’s bitter rival, Bovada Sportsbook, didn’t even bother posting lines on the Vermont race as they see it as a foregone conclusion that Bernie is winning. However, the always-timid bookmakers there went a few steps further and didn’t list odds for many long-shot candidates, taking them off the board completely (and therefore any associated risk). Vanilla options continue at Bovada with their odds on the exact outcome of the 2018 Midterm Elections, since they basically just followed the current polls and
eggheads experts like Nate Silver. If Wednesday yields a Democratic House and GOP Senate they’re paying out -170, a GOP House and Senate pays +180, a Democratic House and Senate pays +750, and a GOP House and Democratic Senate pays a fat +10000. That last line is actually quite surprising as they rarely exposes themselves to that much risk.
Anyone requiring more information before placing wagers should check out this expert synopsis of the U.S. Midterm Elections by CNN that breaks down what’s at stake and how it all works. It’s definitely not “fake news” but President Trump probably still wouldn’t approve due to the source. Regardless, it explains everything important in plain English.
For everyone else who doesn’t need a primer going into Tuesday, November 6th, go read our exclusive review of MyBookie Sportsbook and decide if you want to place action on their crazy props. Most will assuredly agree betting on American politics is always fun since it’s the dirtiest “sport” out there today.
***All odds correct as of October 31, 2018.***