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If your only experience with betting on sports has been by playing the provincial sports lottery games like Proline, you can be forgiven for not knowing about all the ways that you could be betting on sports. You see, Proline and the other lottery sports games developed their own system for betting on game outcomes which is very limited. When you decide to place your wagers with an online sportsbook your options open up considerably. Below, I quickly take you through the process of how to set up an online sportsbook account, and then outline all the ways you can bet on sports from within your account.
1) Decide what you are going to do with your account and what kind of a player you will be in terms of frequency.
If you are purely going to be a sports bettor and you expect to play a lot, it probably
makes sense for you to see who offers the highest paying odds. Better odds means
more money in your pocket when you win. If you’re going to play often, a sign-
If you think you see a benefit to being able to play online poker, both Bodog and
William Hill offer full online poker services that are very well-
2) Once you decide on on your sportsbook of choice, you’ll be asked to register your account. Most people want to register for things with as little information as possible to protect themselves, I know I do. Understand a few things before you get started, reputable sportsbooks want provide you with a service and want to protect your information. As such some have developed policies to ensure that they deal with the real you, this is often called KYC or “Know Your Customer”. This is a way they can know that you are who you say you are and will help in communicating with them in the future so it would be difficult for someone to impersonate you. While I would not call signing up for any of these services difficult, it requires more than your email and a password, but I assure you, it is all for your protection and these companies take significant steps to protect your information. If the sportsbook service that you choose has a KYC program, you will likely be mailed a letter with information that you will use to confirm your account. You won’t have to wait to start betting immediately, it’s just an added level of security for you. Keep this letter in a safe place for future reference should you need to retrieve your account if your ever forget your login details and need to contact them.
3) Once you’ve registered, you’ll have to fund your account. If you need to get
up and running right away, you can of course use your credit card to deposit funds
into your sportsbook account. It will be charged in Canadian Dollars as all the
sites I list allow CAD accounts. However, you should know that all Canadian credit
card transactions for ANY sportsbook in the world will be treated as a CASH ADVANCE,
not a purchase. This means that the amount you choose to deposit will be eligible
for interest charges on your next credit card statement. Thus, I would advise you
choose to sign up with your chosen e-
4) Now you’re ready to go, but what are all the different ways to bet on sports? In general, there are three main ways to bet on most sports: Moneyline, against the Spread or the Puck Line, and the Total or Over/Under. The odds formats are expressed in Decimal (like 2.25), American (+125) or Fractional (5/4). In Canada, Decimal is most common as it is also used by the provincial sports lottery games like Proline.
For Moneyline, the sportsbook sets odds pricing for each potential outcome in a game, being a home win, visitor win and if applicable, a draw. The payout for your winning wager will be the product of the wager and the odds. As with the name, the handicap for a given game is built into the payout. Heavy favourites will have low odds, underdogs get higher paying odds.
For the Point Spread or Puck Line or Run Line, the sportsbook determines an artificial handicap within the game whereby the favoured team would need to win by more goals, runs or points. This general means that the handicap is expressed in the game itself through the spread, not in the odds pricing. The result is that both Home and Away odds pricing against the spread will be very similar if not exactly the same.
For the Total or Over /Under, the sportsbook selects a number for the total goals or runs or points, and you may bet whether or not the actual Total will be over or under the selected number.
While these are the most common ways to bet, each sport and each sportsbook offers
its own array betting options including proposition bets, additional or alternate
wager types, and sport-
You can also bet on what are called “Futures.” These are bets about what team might eventually win a Championship or make the playoffs. Often, futures bets are only available before the given season begins or before the playoffs begin.
About My Sportsbook List:
If I researched 20 international sportsbook brands, and 17 of them don’t measure up from my Canadian perspective, do you need to know about the 17? Would you read all 20 reviews and then sign up with the 15th best site? Of course not! Simple is best.
Why might I reject a certain site? Poor payout record like withholding player funds or limiting bets of winning players, not offering CAD wagering, or not offering mobile betting.
That’s why I only list the best sportsbooks for Canadians. Other sites make you read a massive list and give phoney grades or ratings. Each site I list gets a checkmark for my review criteria, but they are each different in their offerings. Read the reviews and choose based on your own preferences and requirements, not a bogus rating scheme or star ratings.
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