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where to bet hockey?

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by kennyrogersthegambler, Apr 1, 2013.

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  1. kennyrogersthegambler

    kennyrogersthegambler Newbie

    Mar 17, 2013
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    some canadians heading down for the NHL playoffs...does anyone have a how to bet hockey 101? or reco any sports book that is newb friendly and shows NHL games?
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

    Jul 11, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    I am not familiar with any particularly hockey friendly sportsbooks. Hockey wagering is so small compared to the other major sports, Vegas does not pay it a lot of mind (which can also create some good opportunities for the informed gambler).

    As far as betting hockey, it is very similar to baseball. You can make moneyline bets (with different odds) about who will win each game. They also have puck line wagers which are the same as run lines in baseball (betting on a team plsu or minus a certain number of goals). Every now and then I see a hockey prop. Good luck
  3. IxAccDnf

    IxAccDnf VIP Whale

    Feb 21, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    LVH has less juice than most of the other books.
    They also offer things like 1st period lines etc so they are a hockey friendly sportsbook.

    I think SouthPoint is also a hockey friendly sportsbook.

    As said previously it's similar to beaseball.

    for instance this is a line from today

    5 CAROLINA HURRICANE +165 5.5 u25

    If you bet Montreal to win the game you would bet 180 to profit 100.
    You could bet 18 to profit 10 etc
    If you bet carolina and you bet 100 you would profit $165
    If you bet 10 you would profit $16.50

    The 5.5 is total goals scored.
  4. vegasqc

    vegasqc VIP Whale

    Nov 9, 2010
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    NHl games are showed in all the books, if your game isnt on just ask them and they will put in on one of the smaller screens for you
  5. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

    Jan 8, 2009
    Burnaby, BC
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    As UKFanatic said: you can bet hockey just like any other sport. The easiest is just the money line where you pick what team you think will win, or you can bet the "puck line" which is the hockey version of the point spread (they don't call it a point spread because the numbers are always the same).

    For watching the games: I've never had a problem finding the games on in the casinos or in the sportsbooks, it really depends if you need sound or not.

    If you don't need sound then you will find the games just about everywhere, especially the big sportsbooks will usually have a few TVs set to showing the NHL playoffs.

    If you want sound then you might have to do a little searching around to find a sportsbook showing the games with sound.

    Last year we were watching the Canucks games and because they were playing the LA Kings the games were on with sound in almost every sportsbook on The Strip (CBC feed).

    In prior years a few other places we've seen the games with sound:

    At Aria they have a little lounge near the sportsbook behind the bar and there is usually a pretty fair sized Canucks following there so they have the games on with sound (also CBC).

    At Excalibur they were showing games in their lounge just off the casino floor (next to the main cage) on the giant screen TV there with sound. These were mainly the earlier east coast games, they usually have live music in there at night so not sure if they'll show any late west coast games in there or not.

    Harrah's sportsbook was another place you could usually watch the games with sound as well (TSN or CBC feed), but they recently changed their sportsbook I heard, so not sure how it'll be this year.

    As was said: hockey isn't as big a draw for bettors as other sports are, but with a bit of looking around (or asking at the sportsbooks or bars) you should be able to find the games you want to watch somewhere.
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