Sports Betting in Canada

Betting in overseas territories is a subject we have covered here on Cricket Betting Blog in the past, and today we are looking into betting in Canada, where sports like Ice Hockey and Basketball are huge betting events.

First, we take a look at the legalities. Before we do anything that could land us in trouble, it’s important to have to look into the minefield that is betting on the continent of North America.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Canada?

The answer to that is, Yes, it is legal. Thankfully there are different rules governing betting online in Canada, to that of the USA. Placing sports bet in Canada is fine, and nearly all online bookmakers accept Canadian players.

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Opening sportsbook accounts and placing bets in Canada is really simple. First you need to find a sportsbook that is trustworthy, and is well recommended. Once you have done that, you sign up.

Signing up is easy, you will just have to fill out your name and address, create a username and password, and add your bank details. Once you have done that, you are ready to go.

New Sportsbook Customer Bonuses

Before you deposit and place a bet, it is crucial that you read through the terms and conditions, as there may well be a decent welcome bonus which you get when you open your account.

Nearly every sportsbook will offer new customers a welcome bonus of some sort. It is usually a free bet, or a deposit bonus.

In a lot of deposit bonuses cases, the amount you receive is based on your first deposit. This is why it’s very important that you read the terms of the sign up bonuses carefully.

For example, if you can get a deposit bonus of 50%, up to a maximum of $200, then there is little point opening your new account and placing 10 dollars in there on your first deposit, and then deciding to put a couple of hundred in a few days later, as your deposit bonus will be paid out based on the $10 deposit (your first deposit).

Most of this information is readily available on the sign up page. If not, you should find it on the promotions page of the website, or you could give them a ring.

When you get a deposit bonus welcome offer, there is usually rollover requirements. This is simply to stop people putting money into the account, getting the deposit bonus, and then withdrawing it.

Rollover requirements are usually something like, X3 of your deposit, and X2 of your bonus.

So this would mean if it was X3 of your deposit, and you deposited $100, you would need to gamble $300 to play through it three times (X3).

You would then need to play through your bonus (say it is $50 for the sake of this example), meaning you would need to gamble a further $100. When you have done all of this, you are free to withdraw your money from your account.

The alternative to a deposit bonus for new customers, is the free bet. The free bet can usually come in one of two forms – the risk free bet, or the free matched bet.

Risk Free Bet

Staring with the risk free bet, and this is a free bet that you get for opening a new account, but only if your first bet loses.

So for example, a bookmaker offers you a $25 risk free bet. You place your bet on Canada to beat the USA at soccer. If Canada wins, you pick up your winnings and nothing else. While if Canada lose or draw, you get a $25 free bet to use, as your first bet didn’t win.

Free Matched Bet

The free matched bet is a free bet that you get for opening your account no matter what happens with your first bet. It is usually a 100% match up offer, up to a certain amount.

So for this example, let’s say that the bookmaker is offering you a 100% free matched bet up to a maximum of $25, when you open a new account with them.

So what this means is that you place $25 on Canada to beat Russia at Ice Hockey. Then whether Canada win, lose, or draw, you get a free bet of $25 to use.

With free matched bets, the outcome of your first bet is totally irrelevant, you get your free bet simply for opening an account, and placing a bet.

Personally I much prefer the free matched bet, as it is guaranteed no matter what happens, and I class this as a real bonus.

Different Bookmakers Will Offer Different Bonuses

The bonus you get will simply depend on the sportsbook/bookmaker’s offer. From time to time the bookmaker might change the new customer offer, so if you don’t think the offer is that good, and are not in a rush to open an account with that bookmaker, it might be worth your while waiting to see if the offer does change.

As you can see, there are plenty of sports betting options in Canada, with plenty of sign up bonuses and free bets that you can claim for your betting. It is a fairly easy process, and you can even use such sign up bonuses to fund your online betting.

As well as using Canadian bookmakers for your sports betting, it is also possible to open accounts with European bookmakers who accept customers from all around the world. Some of these bookmakers will accept deposits in Canadian dollars, and for the ones that don’t, you can deposit funds using the e-wallet method instead.

A lot of these sportsbooks will also have casino platforms for you too use, all of which can be accessed through the same login.

Popular Betting Sports In Canada

Sports more familiar to natives of Canada, there is also a growing interest in betting on overseas sporting events such as English Premier League football, which is a very popular spectator and gambling event all over the world, not just in Canada.

As well as Ice Hockey and Basketball, other popular sports in Canada are Lacrosse, Canadian Football, Soccer (football to Europeans), Curling and Baseball. The official winter sport in Canada is Ice Hockey, and summer sport is Lacrosse.

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Ice Hockey is huge in Canada, and is a massive gambling sport. The Stanley Cup is the premier event, with teams from Canada and the USA both taking part, the current holders are Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Zafar Ansari to make debut in 2nd Test against Bangladesh

With one eye on the rest of the winter, England have made two changes to their bowling line up, as they are implementing what they are currently calling squad rotation, in a bid to keep bowlers fresh ahead of the upcoming 5 match Test series in India.

Making his debut on Friday at Dhaka, is Surrey spinner Zafar Ansari, who replaces county team mate Gareth Batty in the team, and there is also another recall for Steven Finn, as he comes in to replace the rested Stuart Broad.

These are the only two changes to the England team, as Gary Ballance lives to fight another day in the middle order, and Ben Duckett keeps his place at the top of the order, meaning 19 year old Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed will have to wait to make his debut.

Why rest Stuart Broad? I hear a lot of people ask, after all he hasn’t played any white ball cricket, and has had his feet up while Chris Woakes has been putting in the hard yards in all formats lately.

The only reason why I can think Broad is being rested, is because Alastair Cook wants his senior bowler wrapped in cotton wool ahead of the 1st Test against India. Cook is already without the services of Jimmy Anderson for the 1st (and possibly 2nd) Test, so he can ill afford to go into that series without both of his front line seamers.

However well Stokes and Woakes have done recently, they are a long way behind Anderson and Broad when it comes to experience, especially in sub-continent bowling conditions.

As for Gareth Batty, well Cook knows by now what he is getting from his senior (age-wise) spinner, so why not have a look at Zafar Ansari ahead of the India series.

I can see the logic in both of those decisions, but it does smack of being a bit inconsistent with regard to the batting. For a start off, we heard all summer how Jos Buttler hadn’t played enough red ball cricket, so why couldn’t he have had a bat in this Test match. And we were also led to believe that Haseeb Hameed was selected to open the batting.

An argument could be made for giving either of those two a run out, but maybe the fragile confidence of Gary Ballance was taken into consideration when deciding to stick with the same batting line up. What would rotating Ballance have done for his confidence? No one would have seen it as rotation, it would have been interpreted as Ballance getting dropped.

I do hope England haven’t backed themselves into a corner with selecting Duckett to open as well. Maybe it is a similar scenario with Duckett, where England don’t want to effect his confidence by shifting him down the order, or leaving him out, after just one Test match.

Bangladesh came very close in the 1st Test, and with a bit more luck and composure, would surely have won. It’s surely only a matter of time before they claim the scalps of England, and talk of squad rotation may be seen as a sign of arrogance by England, and could act as motivation for the Bangladeshis.

Onto the Cricket Betting, and the bookmakers make England favourites again to win this Test match, they around 4/6 to 8/11 to win the series 2-0. A drawn Test match is at 5/2 to 3/1, and a famous Bangladesh win can be backed at 7/2.

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The 2nd Test between Bangladesh and England is from Dhaka, and it starts on Friday morning at 4am, UK time, and is live on Sky Sports.

England set to play 3 spinners in Chittagong

Could it be that our eyes are set to deceive us and England are on the verge of playing three spinners in a Test match?

Usually when England tour the sub-continent, they take three spinners in the squad. Then in the first test they play only one of them, along with three seamers. England then usually fold like a pack of cards when their opponents – who have packed their side with three spinners – rip through the English batting line up twice.

Then what follows is another hammering, this time from the media, for England having been too cautious and afraid to break from the norm. Then common sense prevails, and England play two spinners for the remainder of the series (having already gifted their opponents a 1-0 lead).

All of that looks set to change when the first test between Bangladesh and England starts in Chittagong on Thursday morning, as England look set to go into the first test with not just two spinners on show, but three.

Yes, this is the new positive England, ready to give anything a go, and this means that they are likely to play Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, and one of either Gareth Batty, or Zafar Ansari – I’m guessing Batty will get the start.

Now lets not get too carried away by this sudden break from the norm of negativity from England, as a few stars have had to align for this unique situation to be able to occur. Unlike a lot of previous English teams, England have an all rounder at 6, rather than just an out and out batsman. This immediately frees up a seam bowling spot for an extra spinner on the sub continent.

Then there is the injury to James Anderson, which takes away an awkward decision from England’s selection panel. Going into the series, Anderson, Broad and Stokes would have been nailed on to start the first test. So that would have meant either dropping England’s man of the summer Chris Woakes, or just playing two spinners. Now I wonder what decision England would have gone with there?

Even the failure of James Vince in the summer seems to have helped England, as that means there is a spot free in the middle order for Moeen Ali to walk into, freeing up another spot in the lower order.

Ali found some form with the bat for England last summer, and he is a decent player of spin, so England will either move him into the top 6, or promote Jonny Bairstow up the order, and bat Ali at 7. Personally, I believe giving Ali some responsibility in the top 6 is no bad thing.

The test match starts at 5am (UK time), and is live on Sky Sports. In the cricket betting, England start the match at a very short looking 8/13 favourites. The draw is 5/2, and Bangladesh are 13/2.

England’s top batsman betting (for 1st Test) sees Joe Root as the 5/2 favourite with most layers. With Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes, both 7/2 joint favourites to be the top Bangladeshi batsman.

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England must be careful with Anderson’s fitness ahead of the Ashes

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James Anderson has endured another injury setback that has ruled him out of England’s Test series against Bangladesh. The 34-year-old was given the rest of the season off by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the Three Lions’ series draw against Pakistan to recuperate ahead of the winter.

However, it has not been long enough to see him recover for the first series on the schedule, although he has insisted that he will be fit to face India at the start of November. Anderson’s reassurances will give Alastair Cook’s men a boost, but the pace bowler has been susceptible to health problems over the last year, prompting fears of his future at the highest level.

With the forthcoming Ashes series taking place Down Under next year, England will have to ensure that their most potent weapon is fit in order to avoid another series defeat at the hands of Australia. Cook’s men are backed at 3/1 in the latest cricket odds to defeat the Aussies in their own backyard and avenge their 5-0 whitewash loss on their last visit.

Anderson’s fitness could be an obstacle to a potential successful defence of the Ashes, although he will be determined to reach 500 wickets and even surpass Glenn McGrath as the most-potent pace bowler in the history of Test match cricket.

The 34-year-old currently has 463 scalps and needs a further 101 to leapfrog the Aussie in fourth place on the all-time list, which would leave only Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble ahead of him. The Lancastrian has been England’s premier bowler since 2008, and although he has boasted an impressive fitness record over the course of his career, his problems over the past year suggest that his workload may finally be catching up with him.

Anderson’s fitness issues began during the 2015 Ashes series as he missed the urn-clinching match at Trent Bridge with a side strain, which allowed Stuart Broad to take centre stage with first innings figures of 8-15 to hand the Three Lions the victory.

He returned in time later in the year for the series loss to Pakistan in the UAE, but a new problem emerged in South Africa when he missed the first Test due to a calf strain. Anderson was able to play a crucial role in England’s triumph over the Proteas and against Sri Lanka in May 2016 before a shoulder problem raised doubts over his fitness for the home series with Pakistan.

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The 34-year-old only missed the match at Lord’s, but only took nine wickets in the other three Tests. His failure to return to fitness in time for the Bangladesh series will prompt fears over his long-term durability, especially as the Three Lions’ management have done a lot to reduce his workload over the past two years, withdrawing him from one-day selection.

Anderson at the peak of his powers is still far and away the best bowler England have at their disposal, although the performances of Chris Woakes over the summer will give the management hope that the future without their star man may not be bleak.

In order to have the 34-year-old playing in Australia next year, Cook, the ECB and the seamer himself will have to be extremely careful over the next 12 months, especially in the harsh terrain of India, to ensure that the Three Lions head Down Under with their senior bowler at full throttle.

England odds on favourites in cricket betting to beat Pakistan in opening ODI

England have named a 15 man squad to take on Pakistan in the upcoming ODI series, and the it sees a welcome return for Durham paceman, Mark Wood.

Wood is joined back in the squad by Durham team mate Ben Stokes, who is expected to start the series as a batsman only, and Liam Dawson is also in. Out go the injured Steven Finn, and batsman James Vince.

It can’t come as any real surprise to see Vince miss out, and I would fully expect to see him jettisoned from the Test team as well. He looks to have plenty of talent, but I would imagine he will be sent back to his county with a message to tighten up his technique, and then maybe he will be considered for the national side again.

His Hampshire team mate Liam Dawson is in though, and personally, I believe this selection could be with a view to seeing him getting picked for the Test team.

Dawson looks and sounds like the closest thing England have to what Graeme Swann gave them, and he seems to be the type of bowler the England hierarchy are craving.

The England squad in full to take on Pakistan is Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

In the cricket betting, England are odds on favourites to win the 1st ODI, taking place on Wednesday 24th August. Eoin Morgan’s side are 4/9 to win the day/nighter from the Rose Bowl, with Pakistan coming in at 7/4.

Don’t forget with this being a 50 Over match, that there is only two outcomes with the bookmakers, win or lose. What this means is if the two sides end up with the same amount of runs, different bookmakers may have different interpretations of the result.

Some might call it a dead heat, while some might have another method for deciding the winner. It’s worth checking the terms and conditions of your particular bookmaker, to make sure you don’t get caught out.

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England favourites in the betting to make it 2-1 at Edgbaston

Despite the loss of Ben Stokes, England still go into the 3rd Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham as heavy odds on favourites.

The bookies make England a best price of 4/6 to win the 3rd Test and ensure that Alastair Cook’s men can’t lose the series. The draw is coming in at around 3/1, and a Pakistan victory at 9/2.

The hosts levelled the series in Manchester last week with a comprehensive 330 run win, to go into this weeks contest with the (best of 4) series all square at 1-1.

England will no doubt miss Stokes, abut his absence won’t upset the balance of the side too much, given the all round form of Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes.

Woakes is in the form of his life, and now totally looks at home at international level. He is currently streets ahead in the wicket taking charts in this series, with 18 wickets. Only Pakistan’s Yasir Shah is in double figures, he has 11 victims, with Stuart Broad and Moeen next with 7 wickets.

This just goes to underline the fact that Woakes has been the stand out performer for England all summer, and just why it took Alastair Cook so long to bowl him at Old Trafford in the Pakistani second innings is anyone’s guess. I would have thought he would be the go-to man if you’re looking for a wicket at the moment.

Woakes is currently vying for favouritism with Jimmy Anderson in the betting for top bowler in the 3rd Test, both can be backed at around 5/2 to 3/1 to be England’s leading wicket taker in this match. Top Batsman Betting in this match for England, is unsurprisingly Joe Root, at a best price of 5/2.

Pakistan shouldn’t be dismissed too lightly ahead of this match though. Edgbaston is well known for being receptive to spin, and with Yasir Shah in their ranks, Pakistan are well represented in that department.

Shah is as short as 2/1 with some bookies to be top Pakistani bowler in Wednesday’s Test, with Misbah and Azhar Ali joint favourites to be top batsman for the visitors.

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England welcome back trio ahead of second Test

After suffering defeat in the opening test of the series against Pakistan thanks to a fourth day batting collapse, England will welcome back Jimmy Anderson, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid into their squad for the second test starting this week. England will quickly have turned their attention to events at Old Trafford, as they look to level the four match series ahead of the final two matches at Edgbaston and The Oval. England were dismissed for just 207 on their way to defeat at Lords, as the controversial Mohammad Amir let his cricket do the talking in taking the crucial final wicket. Anderson could well take the place of Lords debutant Jake Ball, with the Nottinghamshire man picking up a slight injury during the first test.

Although the tourists gained a narrow opening victory, England are still the 11/10 favourites with bookmakers Coral, with Pakistan at 7/4 in the cricket at Coral odds. Pakistan were overjoyed with their surprise victory at Lords, with their now notorious post-match celebration having gained much publicity. The team dropped to the Lords turf to show off their press up ability, in reference to a pre-tour army style training camp, perhaps offering England further motivation for the rest of the tour. With much to play for in the rest of the series, England are 2/5 on with Coral to hold a first innings lead at Old Trafford.

Having failed to deliver during England’s second innings, Joe Root will be looking to find his form once more at Old Trafford as the home side go in search of victory. Root is 11/4 with Coral to be his sides leading runs scorer in the test match, with Captain Alastair Cook at 3/1 following his first innings score of 81 at Lords last time around. On his likely return to action, Anderson is 5/2 with Coral to be England’s leading wicket taker at Old Trafford, with the Lancashire man currently third in the ICC test bowler rankings behind India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Pakistan’s Yasir Shah.

Elsewhere for England, Andrew Strauss is set sack England’s selectors at the end of the season after Anderson’s controversial omission at Lord’s. Cook and coach Trevor Bayliss were both keen for Anderson to play, however selectors overruled the bowler’s belief that he had fully recovered from a shoulder injury.

What Is Super Series Cricket Scoring System?

England’s current series against Sri Lanka has adopted a new scoring system, known as ‘Super Series’ which sees points awarded for every international match of the Sri Lanka tour.

It is – apparently – a way to try and ensure dead rubbers have some meaning, and is pretty much the same formula used in recent women’s Ashes series.

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The scoring format for England V Sri Lanka, sees 4 points will be awarded for a Test win, with two for a drawn Test match. In the 50 Over Internationals and the one T20 match, 2 points are awarded for a win, with 1 point awarded in tied matches.

The idea is that if England (for example) go 2-0 up in the Test series, the 3rd Test won’t be a dead rubber.

On the Sri Lanka tour, the ‘Super Series’ will still just be alive if England win the Test series 3-0. That would give Alastair Cook’s team 12 points, meaning that Sri Lanka could tie the ‘Super Series’ by winning all five 50 Over matches, and the one T20 match.

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The same format is too be repeated in the Pakistan series later in the summer. In that series there is 4 Test matches, played first, meaning that in the event of someone winning the Test series 4-0, the ‘Super Series’ would already be dead.

The format is far from perfect, and there are no long term plans to use it moving forward. At the moment, it looks like this is just a case of let’s see how it goes.

England V Sri Lanka – 1st Test Betting Preview

It’s fair to say that England are in a far better place going into this year’s series against Sri Lanka, than they were the last time they played.

Back in 2014, England entered the series on the back of the 5-0 Ashes thrashing, Alastair Cook was under serious pressure with his lack of runs and with his captaincy been questioned by literally everyone, and the Kevin Pietersen affair was casting a dark shadow over – what seemed like – the whole of Englaish cricket.

Two years on, and things are incredibly different. Cook is on the verge of becoming the first Englishman to make 10,000 Test runs, England have the Ashes back, they have one of the world’s best batsman in Joe Root, and the team have just won away in South Africa.

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That said, England still have plenty of room for improvement. They have just lost James Taylor, meaning another young inexperienced player – in James Vince – being introduced, and at the top of the batting order, both Alex Hales and Nick Compton are far from certain of their places.

In the medium to long term, there is also no obvious replacement for James Anderson who has become increasingly ineffective on overseas tours, although I expect him to be fine in English conditions this summer.

Sri Lanka are currently not in a good position though. They are rebuilding after recently losing two of the best batsmen in the world, in Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and as a result they are overly reliant on captain, Angelo Mathews.

This seems to be reflected in the betting. To win the three match series, Alastair Cook’s England are anything from 1/7 to 1/12 to win the series. A drawn series is 17/2, and if you think Sri Lanka can repeat their feat of 2014, and win the series, you can get a massive 25/1 with Paddy Power.

In the 1st Test, it’s a similar story. Some bookies have England as short as 1/3, with the best price on an England win currently 4/9 with Winner. The draw is 7/2, and an unlikely looking Sri Lanka victory is a general 10/1. in the Top Batsman Betting, Joe Root is England’s favourite at a best price of 11/4.

Where Can I Watch The 1st Test And When Does It Start?

The 1st Test is from Headingley in Leeds, and it starts at 11am on Thursday 19th May. Everyday of the whole series, in fact all of England’s home internationals this summer, are live on Sky Sports.

England will no doubt be looking to continue to play in an attacking and entertaining manner, and they may have to be at their entertaining best in order to maintain interest this year. This summer the cricket will have to compete with big sporting events such as the European Championships and the FA Cup (this weekend) in football. As well as the usual suspects like Wimbledon and the Open Golf Championship.