I hardly play parlays and I never play Proline, but today I thought I’d put together a Proline ticket just for fun.
I like the Jays to continue their recent hot play, I like the Cubs to upset the Reds tonight and I think Tampa Bay has a good chance of upsetting the Bruins in Game 2.
Hopping on the Proline website, I input those three picks to see what taking those three underdogs would pay me.
The answer? A whopping 13 bucks on a two-dollar bet.
The reason I don’t play Proline anymore is because the odds are so unbelievably pathetic. But today was a good reminder. I logged into my account at JustBet, input the same three games on a parlay and saw I would win $21.40 on a two-dollar bet.
When you keep in mind that Proline’s payout includes your original wager (so you technically only win 11, not 13, on that Proline ticket I put together), JustBet’s payout is almost two times what Proline would pay me.
We’ll soon be …
Taking favourites on the puckline (or plus, for Proline players) is a nice way to fatten the payout or lessen your risk.
If you get a favoured team on the puckline or plus, it means they need to win by more than one goal for you to win your bet. Since it’s a bit harder for the favourite to win by two or more, you’ll get juicier odds, often turning a favourite into an underdog price.
The bad part about taking a favourite on the puckline or plus is that if they only win by a goal, you lose. If the game goes to overtime or a shootout, you lose, no matter what happens after regulation.
You’re banking on a blowout, or maybe a late empty-netter to give your team a two-goal lead.
Each year, certain teams are better than others at winning by more than one goal. Here’s a look at the best puckline (or plus) favourites so far this season in the NHL, and some of the worst.
Stats as of Monday, Dec. …
It’s hard to believe, but many NHL teams have already completed a third of their regular-season schedule.
Over 25-plus games, a few trends have emerged that are definitely worth knowing about when you are making your Proline or sportsbook hockey bets.
Here’s a look at the main ones:
Teams to bet over the total
Anyone who likes offensive hockey has to enjoy watching the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning this season. The Avs and Lightning feature the highest-scoring games, with Colorado games averaging 6.6 goals and Tampa contests averaging 6.53 goals. Eighteen of the Avalanche’s first 26 games went over the total, as did 17 of the Lightning’s first 27.
San Jose has also been a solid bet to go over the total. Sharks’ games average only 5.77 goals per game, but they are 16-10 over/under since totals on San Jose games are lower than games involving Colorado or Tampa Bay.
Teams to bet under the total
The Montreal Canadiens play the lowest-scoring games in the NHL, averaging only 4.61 goals for and against. …
When betting the NFL, it’s always good to be on the right side of key numbers.
Needing your favourite to only win by 2.5 points instead of 3 will make a big difference to your bottom line, as will catching more than a touchdown with an underdog instead of less than a touchdown.
Often, Proline and offshore sportsbooks offer odds that are on both sides of these key numbers.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s NFL games where this is the case.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (+6 offshore, +7.5 at Proline in Ontario and Quebec, +5.5 in Atlantic Canada)
Obviously, there’s a big difference between 6 and 7.5 points. If you like the Steelers, your best odds are betting on them offshore or in Atlantic Canada, where you don’t need to lay a full touchdown. If you like the Bills, you’re catching more than a converted touchdown if you bet them at Proline in Ontario and Quebec.
San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5 offshore, -3.5 at Proline in Ontario and Quebec)
Whether you prefer betting NFL on Proline or betting NFL with online sportsbooks, it’s always a good idea to compare the odds at both places.
Every week, there’s often several games where the point spreads are different at Proline than they are with the online sportsbooks. Getting the best line on a game is a big key to winning at sports betting.
Here’s a look at some of this weekend’s NFL games where the Proline odds and online sportsbooks odds are different (Proline odds were from Ontario, while sportsbook odds were current as of Friday afternoon).
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-14.5 at Proline, -13.5 at online sportsbooks)
14 is one of the key numbers in football betting, since it is the value of two converted touchdowns. So even though 13.5 points and 14.5 points might not look like a big difference, it is. If you like the Cowboys this week (it’s certainly hard to, but they do have a new head coach so they might actually show up to play), you’re better …
Picking a hockey tie might appear like an appealing proposition on the Proline card.
Seeing those odds of 6.00 or higher are enough to get you dreaming about getting in money fights with your friends, aren’t they?
But before you get too tie-happy with your Proline hockey bets, take a look at these numbers so far this NHL season.
Through the first three weeks of the season, 22.8 per cent (31 of 136) of games went to overtime. But only 10 of those games (7.4 per cent of all games) went to a shootout.
Remember, only games that go to shootouts count as ties under Proline tie rules in most provinces.
I looked at the Ontario Proline card today and couldn’t find a single hockey game that paid higher than 6.50 odds for a tie.
If you’re getting 6.50 odds on a tie, that means ties need to happen more than 15 per cent of the time in order for you to just break even.
WIth ties happening just 7.4 per cent of the time …
One big reason that it’s difficult to win at Proline is that you need to get all your picks correct in order to cash your ticket.
That’s why it’s generally a good idea to bet the minimum number of games (three in most provinces) on your Proline ticket.
Betting on four, five or six games might increase your potential payout, but also stacks the odds against you that much more.
So what do you do if you want to bet on four, five or even six games on the Proline card?
A good Proline strategy is to bet all of those games in three-game rotations so that if one of those games loses, you’ve still got a chance to win some money back. Some provinces will figure out the rotations for you, but you’ll need to do it manually if you live in Ontario.
Here’s how it works:
Let’s say you like the Leafs, Senators, Flames and Oilers on Saturday night in NHL hockey. Rather than betting them all on a $20 ticket, you can …