When you’re looking at the Canadian Football betting lines, a lot of the principles are the same but in case you’re new to it, here is a brief introduction to the world of sports betting.
While the National Football League is obviously the class
of professional football, the Canadian Football League has given a chance to
more than a few players that have gone on to glory south of the border. Warren
Moon and Doug Flutie are just two of the names you will recognize that had
success in both leagues. There are definitely differences in the two leagues,
such as field size, number of downs and philosophies, but betting on both is a
lot of fun.
While you can bet on who will win the game, which is
called a money line bet (more on that soon), wagering on point spreads has
grown by leaps and bounds in popularity and it adds a little extra something to
games you ordinarily wouldn’t care about. The premise is pretty simple: there
is a line set prior to a game and one team is going to be favored. For example,
Toronto is favored by three points against Montreal. You will see it written
Toronto Argonauts (-3)
Montreal Alouettes (+3)
You can beat the spread in two ways: you can bet on
Toronto win by more than three points, but it has to be by more than three (landing
on three will result in a push and a tie). You can also bet on Montreal to lose
by fewer than three points or win outright as the underdog. You will also see a
lot of spreads ending in a half-point, as to reduce the number of pushes.
This is where you would wager on a team to win outright
and the money line is what you would see instead of the number of points at
stake. For example, if Calgary is favored to win over Edmonton. You might see
Calgary Stampeders -140
Edmonton Eskimos +120
In this scenario, you would have to wager $140 on Calgary
to win $100 if you are leaning toward the favorite. If you want to go with the
underdogs from Edmonton, you would win $120 on a wager of $100. You obviously
get more of a payout for betting on the underdog but
remember, the favorite is favored for a reason. And you also have to remember
when it comes to betting on the money line: the points DO NOT matter.
Where the points do indeed matter is when you are betting
on the total, which is exactly as it sounds: wagering on the number of points
that will be scored. For example, you have a total of 45 points for a game
between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Your task
is simple: bet on whether the final total will be over or under the number set
by the sportsbook. Again, you will find a lot of totals that are set to a
half-point, so you don’t have to worry about a push.
Now that you have the basics under your belt, start
wagering on some CFL football!