It amazes me every time I look at the PROLINE odds when I’m at my local convenient store. As you may know, I am an avid online sports bettor and actually have an NHL betting tips website where I post my predictions daily. So when I see how horrible the odds are at PROLINE it really starts to make me angry as I think of all the suckers out there that the Ontario government is basically taking advantage of.
For those of you who don’t know, PROLINE is a betting game run by the Ontario provincial government. It actually classified a “sports lottery” and bettors are only able to make parlay bets of between 3 and 6 selections. I assume this it to make it more lottery-esque, but also to give the appearance of the possibility of big wins.
Anyways, when I was writing my predictions for my NHL predictions site today I chose 4 teams that I thought would win tonight and found their odds at two of my favourite sportsbooks, 5Dimes.com and Sports Interaction. I included these odds with my write-up so that my visitors would know the odds I am betting at. Then, just for fun I went to the PROLINE website and checked the payout of a 4 team parlay using the same four selections to see the difference in price. Here is what I found:
Payout at Online Sportsbooks with 4 team Parlay
With a $20 wager the payout online would be (2.20 x 1.746 x 2.55 x 1.80 x 20) $352.62. A very healthy payout for four games that I believe will have these outcomes. Now look at the PROLINE payout….
Payout at PROLINE with 4 team Parlay
With a $20 wager the payout at PROLINE would be (2.10 x 1.40 x 2.20 x 1.60 x 20) $206.98 with the same picks on PROLINE. So with a $20 wager on this 4 team NHL parlay bet you would make $145 more betting online!
But wait there’s more! Not only is the payout almost double at an online sportsbook than with PROLINE, but if any of your teams win in a shootout then the PROLINE ticket is a loser, while your online sportsbook parlay bet is still a winner. That’s right, if any game goes to a shootout then it is considered a “draw” in the eyes of PROLINE.
So Why Do NHL Fans Bet On Proline?
The only reason I can come up with is they are simply ignorant to just how awful the PROLINE odds are and how much more money they could be making online. Either that or they want to be ignorant and not actually know how much money they waste betting on PROLINE every year. I just want to be able to shake everyone who bets on PROLINE and tell them there’s a better way. A better way then paying yet another “ignorance” tax to the Ontario Government.
You can sign up at SportsInteraction.com and actually earn a profit, or at the very least lose less money than you do at PROLINE. Plus you get all the perks that come with an online sports betting account. The sign up bonus ($125 at SportsInteraction.com), the promotions, the wide selection of odds, the convenience of not having to go to your local convenience store to get your winnings, not having to worry about where you left your winning ticket and much, much more.
This post was made to try to educate Canadians about PROLINE and that there is a much better option. Visit SportsInteraction.com to set up an account today and start actually having a chance to profit betting on the NHL.
If you read this blog often then you probably know I’m an avid NHL bettor who does fairly well (I’ve been on a cold streak lately, but still up on the season). One of the best ways to make money betting on NHL games is to wager on teams that are underrated in the eyes of the public and the bookmakers. If you followed my NHL betting site you would notice I wager on the same teams very often and against the same teams very often. That’s because my views of NHL teams differ from the publics views and if my views are more correct then I will be winning more money than I lose online. Here are a few teams that I find underrated or overrated at the moment.
Underrated – Ottawa Senators
The Senators were ranked 30th on almost every power ranking that you could find prior to the season. They are now around 22 or so on most, but when looking at the odds you will still notice that the Senators are almost always the underdogs because they public and the bookmakers still don’t believe in the team. Just today the Senators at home was a pick’em game against at Lightning team that is 4-8-2 on the road and on a 3 game losing streak.
Underrated – St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been great since changing coaches this season and they have the personnel to continue to perform. The odds haven’t quite caught up to their recent success, so you can still find some great odds for the Blues. I expect the Blues to make the playoffs and put up a good showing once there.
Overrated – Colorado Avalanche
The Avs are the worst team in the league according to me. They are on a 3 game winning streak right now, but I have made a lot of money betting against the Avs this year. I haven’t bet against them recently because the odds had caught up with them when they were playing so poorly, but now that they have won some games I expect some sharp bets against the Avs in the future.
Overrated – Winnipeg Jets
The Jets are another team that I generally don’t like to bet on. I see the Jets as a bottom 3 team in the Eastern Conference, but with all of the press surrounding the team this season it seems like they are favourites or considered contenders in games when they really shouldn’t be. In fact, last Tuesday the Jets were hosting the Senators and even though I was out of town the odds were so good that I went online to one of my favourite iphone betting sites and placed a bet on the Senators at +110 to defeat the Jets.
The teams that are underrated and overrated can change quickly throughout the season and as an NHL bettor you have to be ready to change with them. The NHL is a very streaky league, especially for young teams and one thing that I take into account when placing my bets is a teams current streak and how they are playing heading into the game. Overrated/underrated views is just one ingredient to use when placing NHL bets.