The hockey season is very important to you as a RealBookies.com agent, as there are many bettors out there that like to wager on the ice. Not only are there many leagues that can be bet on for hockey such as the NHL, Euro Leagues, and college, there are also many different types of hockey bets that can be made. For you to be successful in running your sportsook it is key that you have players that bet on hockey and know all the options available to them.
For all the hockey betting options available to your players it is vital that you make sure they know all of them. The reasoning is the more they know the more they can bet and the more money you can make. Most hockey bettors will know the popular bets such as the moneyline, totals, and puck line, but they may not know the other betting options such as live betting, futures, and props. In this article we will show you all the hockey betting options that you can offer your players. Juice is the name of the game and you can get more with more bets made. That is why it is advantageous for you to know all the hockey betting options so you can make them available to your players.
The Most Popular Hockey Bets
The Moneyline – The moneyline is the most common hockey bet, which is placed on every game. Since there is no spread in hockey, well the puck line is a type of spread we will touch on, the moneyline has inflated odds picking a straight winner with the favorite in the game with a less favorable payout and the underdog with a more favorable one. Basically players are betting more to win less on the favorite and betting less to win more on the underdog. In the moneyline there are no points (or goals) given, but simply a straight bet with inflated odds.
The Totals Bet – The totals hockey bet is very easy to understand, as every game will have a total set in the amount of goals that will be scored in the game by both teams. You only pick the Over or Under in if you think the combined number of goals scored in the game is over or under the posted total. If a total is set at 5 goals and the number of goals in the game is exactly 5 then the game is a push. The player will get their original bet back, but you will still make the bet percentage. Many times there will be a total of 5.5 goals. Obviously, you cannot score a half a goal, so it takes the push out of the equation.
The Puck Line Bet – the Puck Line bet is kind of spread, as it gives the underdog 1.5 goals and takes away 1.5 goals from the favorite. The puck line is always at 1.5. This evens the playing field for hockey much like a point spread does in football and basketball. An example of a puck line bet looks like this: New York Rangers -1.5 (+160) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 (-180). The Rangers are given 1.5 goals while the Penguins are giving 1.5 goals so for for the puck line bet on the Rangers they need to win the game by two or more goals for the bet to win and the Penguins have to lose the game by one goal or less for the bet to win.
Other Hockey Betting Options
Proposition Bets – Proposition bets, referred to as prop bets, have nothing to do with the moneyline or total, but rather wagering on a team or a player in a specific bet. Some examples of a hockey prop bets are, which goalie will make the most saves, which team will score first, which team will have more penalty minutes, and will Sidney Crosby score a goal in the game? There are many prop bets available for teams and players for every game and in the NHL more are available in the playoffs, finals, and for the All Star Game.
Futures Bets – In a hockey futures bet you are betting on the future outcome for a team or player. For example you can make futures bets on which team in the NHL will win the Stanley Cup, which team will win the Eastern Conference, who will win the MVP? The odds for futures bets in hockey will change throughout the season depending on how the player or team is doing. Even though the odds will change the ones you get at the time you make the wager are the ones you will be locked in on.
Win Totals Bet – This hockey bet is simple to understand, as before the season there are win totals for every team posted. You simply bet the Over or Under in if you think that team will win over or under the posted amount of wins.
Parlay Bets – Parlay bets are the most difficult to win, but also the most profitable. The parlay hockey bet is making multiple bets in a single bet. So for example, if you make a three-team NHL parlay bet you will have to pick three games and then make the winner pick for each game for the wager to be a winning one. The more bets made in a single parlay bet the higher the payout, but the harder it is to pick. You can make hockey parlay bets for the moneyline, totals, and puck line and mix them as well so you can have a parlay with a moneyline, total, and puck line.
You can see there are many hockey betting options with our per head software. As an agent you need to let your players know all of them and make sure they understand them so they can make more wagers. The more wagers made by them the more money in your pocket.