AHL betting situation: Ontario vs. the rest of Canada
Single-event betting is now legal in Canada, but the situation for finding "legal" providers is now different between Ontario and other parts of the country. Ontario now has its own, regulated market of licensed brand operators. The rest of the country only provides legal online betting options through their lottery-owned online sportsbooks. Despite this, many people still look to play at "grey market", "offshore" sites for several reasons. This can be full of risk, since there are so many bad actors that operate in this market segment, that look to scam Canadians out of their money.
If you are located in Ontario, above our AHL odds, we display our top-ranked legal Ontario betting sites. If you are located outside Ontario, above the odds, we display the top "offshore" AHL betting sites for the "rest of Canada". All the brands that we recommend for the rest of Canada are now licensed in Ontario, but you'll play at their "offshore" versions. Read our Canadian betting sites reviews to learn more about each brand.
Above, our odds data feed is set to display the highest odds for the most popular betting markets on each American Hockey League game. This is why you may see slightly differing total goals lines as associated to the given odds. Since the highest odds have been isolated for display and likely come from different sportsbooks, the given total goals lines may not match each other for a given game.
Also, sometimes, since we show the highest betting odds across many Canadian "grey market" and legal Ontario providers, you may see some very high odds on both potential puck line bet outcomes. This is the reason: puck lines (which we explain below) tend to be set at plus or minus 1.5 goals. Periodically, for games that are seemingly very even, not all bookies will define their puck line favourites and underdogs in the same way. You will find that the handicap and associated odds can be reversed between one betting site and another, potentially leaving you with a great value opportunity, depending on how you see the game playing out.
In the end, if you just want to place any kind of AHL wager, you only require a one sportsbook account. However, if you want to get the best value on your hockey bets in order to maximize your potential winnings, and these kinds of opportunities of price disparities interest you, you may want to have accounts with several sportsbooks, and spend a little time comparing AHL odds.
AHL hockey presents exciting betting opportunities with its three main betting markets: Moneyline, Puck Line, and Total (over/under). Understanding these markets will help you make informed wagers on AHL games. We display decimal odds format on this page. If you prefer American odds format, please see our odds provider's site, as they use odds in all three main formats.
Moneyline betting in AHL involves predicting the outright winner of a game. The odds for Moneyline bets are often displayed in decimal format. Here's an example:
If you place a bet of 100 units on the Toronto Marlies at odds of 1.70 and they win the game, your total payout would amount to 170 units, including your initial stake. Similarly, a 100-unit bet on the Rochester Americans at odds of 2.10 would result in a total payout of 210 units if they win the game.
Puck Line betting in AHL hockey is similar to the run line in baseball. The Puck Line is a point spread bet with a fixed margin of 1.5 goals. The favored team needs to win by 2 or more goals, while the underdog can either win the game or lose by 1 goal. Here's an example:
If you bet on the Toronto Marlies at -1.5 goals, they would need to win the game by 2 or more goals for your bet to be successful. A 100-unit bet on the Marlies at odds of 2.40 would result in a total payout of 240 units if they cover the Puck Line. Conversely, if you bet on the Rochester Americans at +1.5 goals, they can either win the game outright or lose by 1 goal, and your bet would be successful with a payout of 160 units for a 100-unit wager.
Total betting in AHL involves wagering on the combined number of goals scored by both teams in a game. The sportsbook sets a benchmark number, and you bet on whether the actual total will be over or under that number. Here's an example:
If you believe the total number of goals scored will be higher than 5.5, you would bet on the Over. If the actual total goals scored is 6 or more, your bet would be successful with a payout of 185 units for a 100-unit wager. Conversely, if you anticipate a lower-scoring game with 5 goals or fewer, you would bet on the Under.