Basics of CFL betting: How to bet, bets available, gambling law in Canada
Increasingly popular among the Canadian betting public as well as with football fans from south of the border are betting on CFL football and CFL fantasy football. Since DFS is really among the lowest forms of football betting, on this page we’ll be concentrating on the good old-fashioned straight up betting on CFL football.
Naturally, the CFL doesn’t quite draw the gambling public’s attention – or provide all the options in odds, player props and betting – that the gargantuan NFL does, but the same sorts of wagers and betting options certainly exist at sportsbooks both online and “in real life.” During the preseason, any decent sportsbook anywhere in North America, the UK or Australia should offer Grey Cup futures, “To Win Division” futures, and quite possibly Most Outstanding Player props. The bigger bookmakers will offer win totals for the upcoming season, but, whoa, would this be difficult to win for most bettors in most situations.
With three weeks of regular season action remaining in the 2019 CFL regular season, it’s time to offer up a pair of expert picks on two Saturday Week 19Source: mybookie.ag
The jockeying at the top of the CFL’s West Division continues, as the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are tied for the lead with a 10-5 record,Source: xbet.ag
Using the Sports Betting Dime odds, the top three favourites to win the Grey Cup are Hamilton, Calgary and SaskatchewanSource: 3downnation.com
TORONTO — The battle for the West Division crown is getting interesting, and even the CFL Simulation has the race coming down to the wireSource: cfl.ca
DeVone Claybrooks was breaking down film of his team’s first two meetings with the Edmonton Eskimos when he started to laughSource: theprovince.com
with few exceptions, each of the nine teams in the CFL has seen its odds in the "To Win the 2019 Grey Cup" proposition bet fluctuate pretty dratcially over the
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats got back to their winning ways this past weekend and now lead the CFL’s East Division by 2 ½ games over the Montreal AlouettesSource: xbet.ag
The Montreal Alouettes are on an incredible run of close games – so you can’t blame them for wanting something a little easier Saturday night as they tangle with theSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Despite their poor records, this is a very important game in the standings for the Eskimos and RedblacksSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are very much in the hunt for top spot in the CFL’s West Division – but if they have any hope of reaching the top, they’llSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
TORONTO — Now on the 13th stop of his professional football tour, McLeod Bethel-Thompson has defined the meaning of journeyman in sportsSource: cfl.ca
Last week saw the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lose a thriller in Calgary, falling 19-18 to the Stampeders. Saskatchewan also won a close one, edging Montreal by two pointsSource: xbet.ag
The Edmonton Eskimos will have a new face at quarterback Friday night as they look to remain in the hunt for a top-three spot in the West DivisionSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
It’s something they’ve been hoping to see for a little while now, to be fair, but with Begelton looking likely to miss Friday’s game against the TorontoSource: calgarysun.com
It’s a rematch and second game of a home and home series between these two teamsSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Toronto Argonauts earned a one-week respite after finally returning to the win column – and now, it’s back to reality as they welcome a red-hot Calgary StampedersSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Bo Levi Mitchell isn’t entirely sure why the Calgary Stampeders are listed as such big favourites to beat the Hamilton Tiger-CatsSource: winnipegsun.com
With the 2019 Canadian Football League season rolling right along and teams in both conferences looking to improve their hopes of reaching the playoffs, it’s time to take aSource: mybookie.ag
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to run away with the Canadian Football League’s East Division, riding a four-game winning streak into Week 14 and sitting at 9-2Source: xbet.ag
This is the first game of a head-to-head series between these two teams with the first game taking place on the west coastSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Perhaps an early Grey Cup preview? Sure, there are plenty of teams in the hunt for this year’s championship, but when the league’s top team faces the defendingSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The CFL Simulator returned ahead of Week 13 and made Riderville very happy when it projected Saskatchewan as an early favourite to win the 107th Grey CupSource: cfl.ca
This past weekend saw three matchups in the Canadian Football League. Winnipeg went to Saskatchewan and fell by two pointsSource: xbet.ag
For two quarters against the vaunted Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Toronto Argonauts looked like a team capable of putting its horrid start to the season behind itSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Edmonton sits a half-game back of the rival Stampeders following Monday’s 25-9 setback in Calgary – and with just two games separating the first-place Winnipeg Blue BombersSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
You’d figure that with just nine (or sometimes eight and, perhaps before too long, 10!) teams, the CFL would be easy to predict, but somehow those preseason predictions just never seem to fall into place just right. With the exception of the Calgary Stampeders, no team has enjoyed consistency SU and ATS. And, just like their counterpart in the NFL, Bill Belichick’s New England Bradies, the Stamps have a maddeningly tendency to lose the Grey Cup in wacky fashion.
In short, the over/under has been easier to win in the Grey Cup than the point spread. From 2010-2018, the favourite went just 3-6 ATS – and all teams not named the Stampeders were a combined 1-3 ATS (2-2 SU) in the ’10s!
During the regular season, most good online sportsbooks offer the same lines as in NFL football or college football betting: you’ll get money lines, point spreads and over/unders. Player props on individual regular-season games are pretty damn rare, but once the playoffs start, each CFL game has dozens of these bets – more time for everyone to research, we suppose.
Canadian sports betting law in a grey area
As for the legality of CFL betting for Canadian citizens, extant gambling law remains in a grey area. Recently, casino-style gambling has been opened up for legalization province to province, while Indian reservation-based operators (such as those in Quebec’s Kahnawake Mohawk Territory) are allowed to do business within Canada. Indeed, a citizen of the UK or even the US (!) could, by the letter of law, have access to Canada-based online sportsbooks that Canadian residents do not legally.
But that’s just technicalities. No advance has been made in Canadian law regarding sports betting online since the 1960s and the last codification of anti-games of chance legality – which is to say that technically sports betting on the internet is illegal for Canadian citizens, unless provincial law states otherwise.
Except … for individuals, this law is literally never enforced. Canadian law enforcement and prosecutors are for the time being perfectly happy allowing this little stretching of legality, which is fantastic of them, really.