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.
Earlier this month, the B.C. Lions outplayed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in one of their best road showings of the season – and came away with nothingSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats picked up a huge road win last week to move to 7-2 and take a commanding lead in the Canadian Football League’s East DivisionSource: xbet.ag
This Saturday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will take a trip out west take on the Lions in British Columbia, an opponent they should be familiar withSource: news.sportsmemo.com
It’s a massive game in the West division and the game of the week for week 11 of the CFL seasonSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Canadian Football League is in the middle of its tenth week of action in the 2019 campaign, and the division races are starting to get interestingSource: xbet.ag
This will be the second game of two this season between these two teams. Three weeks ago the Eskimos hammered the Argos 26-0Source: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Stampeders could find themselves in a tie for first place in the division after this weekend – or they could wind up in fourth place, depending on what happensSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have taken control of the East Division – but they have a road-heavy stretch on the horizon, beginning with Saturday’s encounter in OttawaSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
BOMBSHELLS: Former Bombers teammates heap praise on Dressler as receiving great moves away from football
Former Bombers receiver Weston Dressler has all-but officially retired from the CFL to take a job in health care communications in his hometown of Bismarck, N.DSource: torontosun.com
Week 10 of the CFL season opens up on Thursday night with the largest point spread of the weekSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have a legitimate case as the top team in the Canadian Football League right now – and they’re in great position to galvanize their place asSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Edmonton Eskimos have remained afloat in the competitive West Division thanks in large part to their performance at home – and that bodes well for them this week as theySource: news.sportsinteraction.com
With ¾ of games already in the books, week 8 has already been the weirdie outlier of the 2019 season, so why not cap things off with the perhaps the two
14½ points may seem like a huge point spread even in the CFL, but damn the Toronto Argonauts are bad in 2019 and the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers are looking
AS his Winnipeg Blue Bombers look set to bounce back from a decisive loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Ctas in week 7, Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-host JoeSource: rwbcfl.podbean.com
Both teams enter their Week 8 meeting with identical 4-2 records, and the winner will have the inside track on challenging the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for top spot inSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Total CFL Pick ‘Em is back for 2019, allowing fans to pick a winner and set their confidence level in every game this seasonSource: cfl.ca
The Alouettes were on the wrong end of a 41-10 rout at the hands of the Tiger-Cats back on June 28, but they’ve looked impressive since andSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Yes, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are off to an incredible start both SU and ATS in 2019, but should they really be 2-point favourites at the nearly as impressive
The two best teams in the CFL take the field Friday (7 p.m. ET) in a potential Grey Cup previewSource: actionnetwork.com
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-0) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-1), Tim Hortons Field, betting line (Blue Bombers +2Source: torontosun.com
There’s no escaping reality for the winless Toronto ArgonautsSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
This will be the second game of the home and home series between these two teamsSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Many CFL insiders are calling this game an early Grey Cup previewSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
These two teams met back in Calgary in week one, where the Redblacks surprised the Stampeders in Calgary 32-28Source: 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.