The start of a new season of football in the NFL is still months away, but private bookies running and managing an independent sportsbook can turn to the CFL to generate some early action. With Week 1 of an extended 18-game regular season poised to get underway in mid-June, giving your betting customers a full board of CFL betting options is a smart play heading into the lull of the summer months.
Working with a quality pay per head bookie software provider, there are numerous ways to build out your CFL betting board. This makes it easy to work with your betting clientele to generate some added interest for football ‘north of the border’.
The CFL Difference
Football is football so the difference between the CFL game and the NFL are not as pronounced as many US bettors may believe. The fact that Canadian football only has three downs as opposed to four to gain 10 yards actually adds to the excitement of the passing game. Wide-open play is also enhanced with a slightly longer 110-yard field and expanded end zones. Scoring basically remains the same with the exception of the one-point play on certain kicks.
When it comes to betting on the games, the main difference is higher total lines given the rule changes that enhance scoring. The biggest benefit of betting CFL games is the much smaller size of the league as opposed to the 32-team NFL.
The CFL’s East Division consists of four teams:
- Ottawa RedBlacks
- Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Toronto Argonauts
- Montreal Alouettes
The RedBlacks have won two of the last three division titles that resulted in two trips to the league championship which is commonly known as the Grey Cup.
On the other side of the bracket is the West Division that is made up of the following five teams:
- Calgary Stampeders
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Saskatchewan Roughriders
- British Columbia Lions
- Edmonton Eskimos
Calgary has dominated this division in recent years with a run that includes three-straight trips to the Grey Cup Championship. Following back-to-back losses to Ottawa and Toronto, the Stampeders made it all the way to the top in 2018 by beating the RedBlacks for the CFL title.
The recently updated CFL futures odds to win this year’s title still favor Calgary with BC and Winnipeg also high on the list. Hamilton is favored to win the East and fourth on the list when it comes to winning the 2019 Grey Cup.
Betting on CFL Games
As a private bookie working with a quality pay per head site, it is fairly easy to generate some added interest in betting on CFL games. First, it is the only game in town for the next few months for avid football fans.
Second, and more importantly for bettors, is the fact that each week only consists of three or four games depending on byes. Since there are only nine teams in the CFL, familiarity leads to a higher level of predictability. One unique scheduling twist in the CFL is home-and-home series when the same two teams play each other twice in a row. There is also a rather high level of parity in the league to keep play close on a regular basis.
Quarterbacks are even more prominent in the CFL game given that almost every down is a passing down. Getting to know each team’s starter is rather easy to do.
It all adds up to an excellent money-making opportunity for any private bookie looking to fill some gaps in the summer betting schedule. A little bit of work and effort now will pay some extra dividends leading right into another season of football in the NFL.