Popular Types of Hockey Bets

19 Jun 2019 | eurohockey.com

Hockey is one of the most popular sports and a great source of income for players and advertisers. The sport has found its way to the gambling world in different ways. Fans can place bets while watching a live match or visit online betting sites to place their bets in advance.


Hockey has also played a significant role in the online casino world with famous software companies developing hockey-themed video slots (pokies). A good example is Push Gaming’s Hockey Hero slot, which can be played for real money at Kiwi Pokies.

Generally, hockey betting has gained popularity in recent years and there are different betting options for those interested in the sport and gambling. In this article, we’ll talk about the most popular types of hockey bets.

Match Result or Winner Bet

Match result or winner bets are the easiest to place because you are only required to place your bet on the team you think will win the match. If you’ve decided to place the winner bet, there are two options to choose from depending on your preference. You can bet on the selected team winning at the end of regulation playing time or at the end of overtime. 

If you select a team to win in regulation time and the teams draw, you’ll lose your bet even if the team you selected wins the match in overtime. The most straightforward and safe betting strategy is to bet on the winner at the end of regulation time and overtime. In simple words, just place your bet on the team you believe will come out victorious. The best thing about winner bets is that you only have two variables to deal with, that is, the winner and the loser. You’ll receive your prize if the team you’ve placed a bet on wins.

Over and Under Bets

If you’ve ever placed bets on football matches, chances are you are aware of over and under bets. Hockey fans also have the opportunity to place over and under bets. As indicated earlier, it all depends on an individual’s preferences. While winner bets focus on the winner, over and under bets focus on the number of goals the teams are likely to score.

The bookmaker will guess the total number of goals. As the punter, you are required to guess whether the number of goals scored by the teams will be less or more than the bookmaker’s guess. If the bookmaker guesses a total of 3 goals, you should bet “over” if you believe the total number of goals will be 4 or more. If you think the total number of goals won’t exceed 2, then you should bet “under”. As you can see, over and under bets are easy to understand, but they are slightly complicated compared to match result or winner bets.

Correct Score Bets

Another popular type of bet in hockey is the correct score bet. As the name suggests, you have to guess the exact number of goals you think your chosen team will score. You may also choose to bet on a draw if you believe none of the teams will score or both teams will score the same number of goals. Depending on the bookmaker, you may have the option to place correct score bets based on what you think the selected team will score at the end of regulation playing time or overtime. Correct score bets are also easy to understand, but the risks are somewhat higher than winner, over, and under bets.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Period Bets

The next type of bet on our list is all about placing bets depending on when you think your favourite team will be winning in the course of the match. If you think your team will emerge the winner at the end of the first 20 minutes (first half), then place your bet on the first period. You can also place your bet on the second or third period depending on the betting site you are using. The best thing about this type of bet is that you stand a chance of winning some money even if your team ends up losing the match.

Puck Line Bets

In hockey, the puck line bet is similar to spread betting where the spread is always 1.5. Simply put, odd makers favour one of the teams by 1.5 goals and the other team becomes the underdog. Choose the favoured team if you think they will win the game by 2 or more goals to win the bet. 

All in all, hockey is a great choice for fans who are also interested in placing bets on their favourite teams. As you can see, there are different ways to place a bet. These are not the only betting options, but they are the most popular and easy to understand.

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