Hockey Betting

Hockey betting can be fun, and like the sport itself, requires skill. Making your wager based on the game’s information, the teams’ statistics, and the oddsmaker’s opinion can be exciting and confusing at the same time. Then again, hockey itself can also be that way!To have a good chance at winning your bet, it pays to be consistent and to invest time and energy into obtaining knowledge about hockey and wagering.

Most people who win real money at hockey betting do it by being consistent over a long period of time, and not by jumping in and making rash decisions. When betting on hockey games, it is important to remember that you are trying to beat the oddsmaker-not the bookkeeper who is simply a middle man in the scenario.

If you expect to win your bets around 60 percent of the time then you are setting a realistic goal for yourself. Anything more than that and you might be overestimating your abilities and that’s when trouble can start. There are several things to keep in mind when it comes to hockey betting.

In the Puckline, one team is normally favored over another by a goal spread. For betting purposes, the favorite team gives goals to the underdog. The underdog is always indicated by a plus sign (+2) while the favorite is shown with a minus sign (-2). The game’s results are determined by subtracting points from the favorite’s actual score or adding points to the actual score of the underdog.

In essence, an underdog can lose the game but win for betting purposes, while a favorite can win the game but lose in terms of betting. In hockey betting there is also moneyline in which a bettor will pay more if he wants to bet on the favorite. For instance, if the Thoroughbreds are a -150 favorite over the Titans, the bettor would have to wager $150 in order to win $100.

If the Thoroughbreds lose, then the bettor loses his original $150 wager. On the other hand, if a bettor wagered on the Titans, in order to win $10 he would bet only have to bet $100. The “juice”, or the profit, is the ten dollar difference and it goes to the sports book. There is also something in hockey betting referred to as the Canadian Line which is a combination of the moneyline and the puckline. There is usually a $20 difference between the payoff on the underdog and the payoff on the favorite.

A bettor is also able to wager on the total number of goals scored by both teams. In this type of bet, the bettor bets on whether or not the total score will be over or under a certain amount that the oddsmaker sets.

When it comes to odds in hockey betting, there are 4 different types: Fractional, American, and Decimal. Fractional odds are usually preferred by U.K bookmakers, as well as by the news media. They show a given bet’s potential profit. On the other hand, Decimal odds, which are favored in Asia and Europe, show a bet’s potential return.

Learning about the teams and their strengths, weaknesses, and even individual players can give you a leg up in hockey betting. Those bettors that are willing to go the extra mile are generally those that have bets that pay off.

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