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.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) traces all the way back to its initial season in 1958
If Montreal Alouettes president Mario Cecchini was a betting man his money would be wagered against games being played in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemicSource: 3downnation.com
In late May, commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced the league would move to a win-and-host style for the CFL championship game — if the league is able to play amidSource: 3downnation.com
2020 is going to go down as the longest decade in a single year. So let’s apply the unpredictable and unimaginable to the uncertain CFL seasonSource: cfl.ca
Thanks to their draft day trade with Calgary late last month, the BC Lions made one of the biggest moves of the off-seasonSource: cfl.ca
As a three year starter with the East Carolina Pirates, Jordan Williams’ draft stock continues to improve and could plateau as the number one selection at Thursday’s CFL DraftSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Want to know how to bet on the CFL and improve your chances of picking winners? Canadians are known for many things, including their politeness, friendly nature, grizzly bears, andSource: 3downnation.com
For starters, it’s three-down football and with twelve men playing for each team, the 110-yard field and 20-yard end zones, the Canadian game is vastly differentSource: 3downnation.com
Lirim Hajrullahu is betting on himself, while he can still get his hands on the dice and they're not too loaded against himSource: thespec.com
CALGARY – Looking a lot like Mike O’Shea without the beard, playing like O’Shea, outworking, outhitting and out-scheming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won theSource: montrealgazette.com
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be aiming to close out the CFL season with an eighth straight victory when they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday as 3Source: sportsnet.ca
Okay CFL betting enthusiasts, with the 2019 Grey Cup Championship showdown set to cap off what has been another thrilling CFL campaign, it’s time to take a look atSource: mybookie.ag
The 107th Grey Cup will feature the two highest scoring offences in the CFL going head-to-head for Canada’s top football prizeSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Bombers killed opponents with their run game this year and finished with the most rushing yards in the CFL regular seasonSource: thetelegram.com
HAMILTON — For the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it was a reason to celebrate — a necessary step toward winning the Grey CupSource: winnipegsun.com
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with mostly blue skies, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats knocked off the Edmonton Eskimos 36-16 in the East Division finalSource: calgarysun.com
Okay CFL betting faithful, with the 2019 Canadian Football League staging its annual semifinal showdowns this weekend, it’s time to take a look at the 2019 CLF Eastern FinalsSource: mybookie.ag
After splitting their two regular season meetings, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders will lay it all on the line in an effort to win their Western Conference finalsSource: mybookie.ag
Hamilton is hosting the Eastern Final for the first time since the 2014 season. It’s the fifth time in seven years that they will appear in the East finalSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
TORONTO — One game separates four teams from the biggest game of the entire year, and heading into Division Finals, the CFL Simulation has looked kindly upon the two hosts onSource: cfl.ca
MONTREAL — It’s one thing to convince yourself you can beat a 10-8 team that was just happy to be in the playoffs for the first time since 2014Source: torontosun.com
In an electric atmosphere in Montreal, with Alouettes fever running high, the Eskimos took Step 1 in their battle against historySource: torontosun.com
Cody Fajardo went from being the West Division’s nominee for the CFL’s most outstanding player award Thursday to largely being a bystander on Friday. The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ NoSource: montrealgazette.com
The 2019 regular season has come to an end for the Canadian Football League, which means that now it is time for the Division SemifinalsSource: xbet.ag
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.