Golf Betting in Canada
If Golf, as Mark Twain may have opined, is a good walk spoiled, we can console ourselves in the fact we can at least have a bet on it. If you know your stuff Golf can be a very profitable sport to bet on. For a start it is one of the few sports where very generous odds can be found even on favourites and the gradual nature of Golf also means that betting in play can also be a very good option.
Form and previous performance plays a big part in Golf betting. It is very rare that someone who isn’t playing well will emerge from the pack to win so it is worth studying which players are in good form or who have performed well at a particular event in previous years. Money can be made from Golf betting if you take the time to do a little bit of homework. So you’ve studied the form, looked at the trends and arrived at your tip for the top. Now all you need to know is where is the best place to make your bets.
Canadians have many options available to them so we have had a look at some of the best betting sites to see how their Golf markets match up.
Sports Interaction has an excellent reputation for the variety of sports it covers, it’s excellent customer service and it’s accessibility. Obviously it has a wide range of lines available on Golf, including futures and individual player props, but Sports Interaction’s main selling point is the excellent odds on offer. The site has a full live betting portal and all odds proposed on the main site are available on the mobile site. The site itself may not be anything flash, but this adds to the ease of navigation and access. The only drawback to the site that I can see is the amount of time it takes for odds to be presented on certain events. Most sites will offer odds on future events and then adjust them depending on influencing factors. Sports Interaction appears to leave it to the last minute to provide odds meaning that it is a bit restrictive to gamblers who like to get their bets on early at ante-post odds. A small fault with an otherwise excellent site.
Familiar to just about all Canadian punters, Bodog has been long established as one of the industry leaders in sports betting. It has all the features you’d expect from such a big name, including live betting, mobile site, excellent customer service and plenty of banking options. When it comes to Golf betting, Bodog has every angle covered.
An extensive futures list means you can get in early and secure some great ante-post odds. It is the number of different lines available which really impresses though. You can bet on just about every aspect of a tournament with individual props available for all the big names. There is also match betting, group betting, stroke betting and a whole host of other lines. It is a superb level of detail. Odds may not be as generous as Pinnacle Sports, but the early odds available mean you can counteract this by getting some great ante-post prices.
William Hill has really been making a big play for the Canadian market recently. It has launched a site dedicated to Canadian customers with more of a focus on sports which are traditionally popular in Canada. William Hill has an excellent reputation in the UK and they will be hoping this is replicated in Canada. With it’s excellent customer service, acceptance of all major Canadian banking options and multitude of sports lines it is certainly heading in the right direction. William Hill is another site which has a very large number of Golf bets available. It has markets on all futures including events which won’t take place until the following year.
There are also some interesting specials available for players such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, but there aren’t any available for other popular players. William Hill’s odds are competitive if not market leading, but it has a very good each way policy offering the first six places and a quarter of the odds. William Hill is a solid site with a good number of markets available and competitive odds. It may not suit people who like to delve into individual player props, but is a good option for more general bets.
Few sites can compare with the excellent odds provided by Pinnacle Sports. It really is the best in the business for punters. If you are someone who places good odds above all other factors then Pinnacle Sports is the site for you. One small problem though, the number of Golf markets available is very small. This is a big surprise as Pinnacle Sports usually have an extensive range of bets available for most sports. For a sport as popular as Golf to have such a small list of lines is very disappointing. There are very few futures available and only outright winners markets and match ups available for forthcoming events; even Majors. For a site that usually impresses and excels in all areas of sports betting, this is a big flaw. Then again, Pinnacle Sports is great if you are a serious gambler and are just interested in outright winners.
However, people demand great odds and an extensive list of markets and Pinnacle Sports really should be able to meet this demand. Pinnacle Sports has a lot of great features and provides great customer service, but it’s no frills approach may see more casual customers going elsewhere.
As Golf is so popular it is expected to see it well covered on all the major betting sites. Most offer a wide range of betting lines at reasonable odds. To be honest there isn’t a great deal separating all the main sites, with only Pinnacle Sports lack of available markets standing out, but then again they do offer the best odds. If you want an extensive book on golf go with Bodog or William Hill, but if you are all about the odds then Pinnacle Sports is the site for you.