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.
It’s one of the grandest traditions in football: Overreacting to opening weekSource: rwbcfl.podbean.com
The Toronto Argonauts will officially become the final CFL team to play its first regular-season game Saturday afternoon at BMO Field – and it’s going to be a toughSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The storyline for this game is quite easy; it’s the return of Mike Reilly to Edmonton for the very first time since leaving for Vancouver via free agencySource: news.sportsinteraction.com
It’s never an encouraging sign when a team parts ways with its head coach before the season even starts – but that’s the reality the Montreal Alouettes are facingSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
Professional bettor Andrew McInnis beaks down the CFL Week 1 slate with host Drew MartinSource: news.sportsmemo.com
The CFL head office didn’t waste any time scheduling the Grey Cup rematch in week oneSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
It is June yet! Opening day of the 2019 CFL season is upon us, and the Rouge, White & Blue Podcast is stoked to enter our fourth full season of chattingSource: rwbcfl.podbean.com
This game wraps up week one of the CFL season featuring two heavyweights in the West DivisionSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Ottawa Redblacks are entering their sixth CFL season and they have been wildly successful in the first five, winning three East Division titles and reaching three Grey Cups, winningSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
In general, football accounts for the majority of the sports betting action taken in at online sportsbooks catering to the US marketSource: americasbookie.com
Probably no team in the CFL enters the new season with so much uncertainty surrounding the franchise as the Montreal AlouettesSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
The Ticats finished second in the East Division last year at 8-10, three games behind OttawaSource: news.sportsinteraction.com
As we approach Week 1 in the CFL, the retooled BC Lions sit as the 2019 Grey Cup favorites, slightly ahead of the defending champions from CalgarySource: oddsshark.com
The two line up right next to each other on the Calgary Stampeders offensive line, with Dennis at left tackle and Bergman at left guard, and have formed a partnershipSource: torontosun.com
Just when it seems as though we are still a long time away from watching professional football, the action begins in the CFL, north of the borderSource: mybookie.ag
The Calgary Stampeders are the early favorites to win the Canadian Football League championship for the second straight season, when the 2019 season kicks-off on June 13Source: bangthebook.com
For any American, figuring out the intricacies of the game north of the border can cause your head to spin a little bitSource: torontosun.com
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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.