Eight teams, 19 weeks of regular season matches followed by a frantic play-off finale, Canadian Football betting offers unlimited scope for internet customers looking for big-value match odds.
There are significant differences between the Canadian and American gridiron, but the one consistent is high scoring matches and particularly compelling prices for online Canadian football betting.
A season which runs from the middle of June until the end of October means betting on Canadian football does not interfere with the meat of America’s NFL season.
Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, BC, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Edmonton battle their way through a flurry of fixtures, with a place in the six-team play-offs the reward for topping the standings; the ultimate goal is a place in the grand final, the Grey Cup.
Canadian football betting is popular with punters who are intent on using a free bet they may have collected from an online bookmaker. Their focus is often on the odds for scoring spreads, away winners, most yards gained in the air and on the ground – each of which influences their CFL football betting predictions.
Given the league’s cut-throat nature, every single result matters and the volume of live Canadian football betting reflects the high level of interest in the game.
Teams are spread throughout Canada, ensuring the hardy predictor of gridiron outcomes can either follow his heart or his head when they making his or her bet on the CFL.
Calgary and Montreal have an edge for those looking for form horses, but such is the nature of CFL football betting that those teams riding high one week can be the dead men seven days later.
As one sports writer observed: "Canadian football betting is seldom straight-forward or predictable . Let's face it: the number of teams that choose to rest key players from week to week is growing and although the fans don't like it, they are not going to complain if it means their guys get all the way to the Grey Cup final.
"The trouble is, and it’s something that can play havoc when you are looking at Canadian football odds, is when an unfancied team produces a highlights reel of its own and strings together a run which includes one of the results of the season. However, the way to counter this is to utilise online bookmakers’ free bets when examining say, the points spread on Candian football betting markets.
“Here in Canada, we consider our game to be better than those across the pond because of its sheer entertainment value. You're not going to see much defensive football, which means that Canadian football bets on high-scoring, pass dominated matches are usually great value for the match predictor.
"Moreover, an early-season bet on who will be Canadian football's six play-off teams can also provide punters with great entertainment. We all know who the weak teams are right? And as live Canadian football betting markets increase in popularity, especially through the internet, there is always scope to make a late change if needs be. But not too late!"
In short, CFL betting has grown in popularity as the NFL wow factor has waned and no amount of regular season matches on our side of the border are going to persuade punters that CFL football betting offers anything other than great value.
It’s worth noting that CFL betting on who will be the league's leading regular points scorers offers punters an added incentive. Darian Durant has lit up the league for the Roughriders this season with a cannon arm leading a potent offense and a Canadian football bet on him repeating the feat in seasons ahead is worth considering.
Likewise Andy Fatuz (receiving), Barrin Simpson (tackles) and James Patrick (interceptions) have been market leaders this season and could represent decent value Canadian football odds come the start of the play-offs.
Only the strongest will survive all the way through to the Grey Cup though and while Calgary and Montreal top the divisional standings, history shows teams that top the regular season rankings are not guaranteed the big win, so bear that in mind when you are mulling over your Canadian football bets.
As the sports writer said: "The great joy of Canadian football betting is, to quote a line, like a box of chocolates. CFL betting offers a break away from the routine of the NFL. Who wants to bet on the Giants or Pats, when there is arguably greater value to be had from your Canadian football bet?” It’s a very fair point.