Hockey Betting in Canada
Can you imagine a world without Hockey? Even worse, can you imagine a world where you couldn’t bet on Hockey? It doesn’t bear thinking about, but not so long ago this was the sad reality for Canadians. Thankfully in the Twenty First Century we can bet on Hockey whenever we like and wherever we like. All we need is an internet connection and a laptop or mobile phone and away we go. Betting on Hockey has never been easier or more fun. We’ve looked at some of the best sites available for Canadian gamblers to get their bets on. Here is what we found.
For a long time, Bodog has been the Big Dog when it comes to Canadian Sportsbooks. It has an excellent reputation forged by having a sharp focus on Canadian customers and treating them with the utmost professionalism. There are many pretenders to Bodog’s crown so how does it stay at the top? First of all it’s this customer driven approach. They frequently offer promos exclusively to Canadian customers and reward their loyal customers on a regular basis. Most importantly, when it comes to the betting lines Bodog have this covered too. Bodog has a superb line in Hockey betting. From futures to match betting to player props, they are all there.
You can bet on first to score, first to three goals, first period goals, team props and winning margins. On player props you can have NHL points leader, Top Goalscorer betting, Top Goaltender betting and Most Valuable Player betting. You can also bet on the future markets for Stanley Cup and Eastern and Western Conference winners. There is also betting on the Moneyline and multiple team parlays. They have every angle covered. For a site as trusted and well known as Bodog it would be easy for them to skimp on betting markets, but they deliver every time. There is also a recently launched handy mobile site for betting on the go, the absence of which had held the site back previously. Bodog really looks after it’s Canadian customers.
Bet365 is big. You have so many options available, the hockey match would be over by the time you went through them all. Thankfully it is an exceptionally easy site to access and navigate. Even though it is a European based site, all the betting options available on Bodog and Pinnaclesports are present. It is open to all Canadian customers and has an excellent customer service department with fast withdrawals and plenty of deposit methods available.
It offers great bonuses and promotions, none more so than it’s 50% parlay bonus. It is also one of the few sites that stream Hockey games live. This means you can watch as games progress and be on top of your next bet at all times thanks to the live betting portal. It has a great mobile betting site which is accessible either through an app or browser. There may be a bit of frugality from Bet365 when it comes to offering generous odds. I suspect this is because being European based, Bet365 isn’t fully conversant in all aspects of the game and tends to err on the side of caution. Despite this, Bet365 is a terrific site with all the betting options you could ask for.
Another site which is trustworthy and with a great reputation is 888sports. First up, they are very focussed on attracting Canadian customers, offering $150 in free bets on NHL. This focus continues into their customer service and banking options, where Canadians will first of all be able to speak to an advisor either via live chat or the toll-free telephone line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their customer service representatives are multilingual and they offer a sportsbook in English and French meaning that French-Canadians need not feel left out. They are also contactable on Facebook and Twitter, the use of which can resolve problems even quicker lest the site attract negative publicity.
There are a decent number of betting lines available, with match betting, player props and futures all accounted for, but it doesn’t have the range of markets provided by the likes of Pinnaclesports. Their mobile site is fast loading and provides easy registration allowing you to bet on the go. Live betting is available and updates regularly and quickly. 888sports is a good site that has a lot of nice features. It could do with providing more lines on things such as individual player props and more markets on period lines, but the bonuses are good and it is a great alternative for Canadians looking for an easy to navigate site with decent odds. It is a good all rounder, but other sites would make more appeal purely for the list of options available.
Not only does Pinnaclesports have one of the widest ranges of Hockey bets available, it is also home to some of the best prices found on the internet. Last season it paid out more on Hockey bets than any other major online bookmaker. Furthermore, Pinnaclesports offers the highest betting limits available and with the fewest betting restrictions. You can bet on first period lines, Over/Unders, Spreads, Goal Totals, Moneylines and Overtime Betting. It has a great line on future props including Stanley Cup winners, winners of Eastern and Western Conference and all Divisional Champions.
There may not be any introductory bonuses, but that is because they invest their margins back into the odds. The site is basic, but easy to negotiate and access. Canadian Dollars are accepted and you will have the usual banking options available. A nice feature is their Dynamic Lines section where you can get a taste of what bets are most popular and where other people are laying their money. Their mobile site is functional if basic, but it does let you take advantage of those excellent odds on the go. Pinnaclesports may not lure you in with a glamorous site or enticing bonuses, but if you want the best odds available for Hockey betting then this is most definitely the site for you.