Curling and Online Sports Betting
One of the major benefits of betting online is being able to place wagers on mainstream and niche sports. This includes everything from Ice Hockey to Chess, and just about everything in between. One type of game that has seen huge growth in the sports betting market is Curling. As a winter sport, it is popular in Canada and other northern hemisphere countries where it snows for many months of the year.
The Basics of Curling
Curling is a bit like lawn bowls on ice. During the game, players slide polished granite stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area consisting of four concentric circles. Each team consists of two or more players. The idea is to slide the stones to come to rest in the centre of the target area. The closer the stone rests to the centre of the target, the more points the team earn.
There is also a team of Curlers who use brooms to sweep the ice and adjust the path and speed of the stone as it slides across the ice. Teams may use their stones to knock the opposite teams stone away, block or score points. A great deal of strategy is involved in picking the right line, placing the stones and knocking away the opposite team’s placing stone. For online and mobile sports betting purposes, it is important to note that the game is broken down into ends (similar to bowls) with most games consisting of 8 or 10 ends. The team with the most points at the end of 10 ends wins the match.
The best mobile sports betting sites in Canada all accept wagers for Curling games and tournaments. While there is plenty of action happening throughout the year, betting reaches its peak during the Continental Cup, the World Championships, the Junior World Champs and of course the Winter Olympics. As with many other team sports, there are plenty of markets to choose from.
For anyone just starting out, the easiest wager to place is the straight win or money line bet. This simply comes down predicting which team will win the match. Within each match though, there are plenty of prop markets to choose from. For those who are intimately familiar with the game, it is possible to predict each individual end. Wagers can also be placed on the total number of points scored in each end, or in the entire match. Prop bets can also be placed on the first team to score and the highest number of points scored in one end.
All top-rated sports betting CA sites will also offer future or outright bets. These are where you are trying to predict the winner of the entire competition. For the Winter Olympics, this includes putting money down on which country will take Gold, Silver or Bronze. In the World Champs, this simply comes down to picking the team or country that will be crowned Champions.
What You Need To Know Before You Bet
As with all forms of sports betting, putting money down on Curling requires a lot of knowledge about the game, the players and the coaches. Even if a team has a decent winning record, there are many factors that can influence the outcome of a match. Before placing any large bet, it is important to consider where the match is being played. Home ground advantage often affects the outcome. It is also important to note any changes in the team or coaching staff, or if the team has recently travelled to the event and might not be acclimatised. One can then look at head to head stats and make predictions based on historical results.