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Hockey Betting Guide

Guide to Hockey (NHL) Betting

If you are new to betting on the NHL or looking to learn how to bet hockey for college or international tournaments…maybe even the Olympics. We have built a hockey betting guide to help your wagering. We cover the basics from how to read a betting line, money line bets, puck line bets and we have some more advanced topics like betting a round robin. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas to wager, we have a guide to betting on the NHL from anywhere.

How to Bet Hockey?

Good luck and lets start with the most basic NHL betting of all….

How to read a Hockey Betting Line

This basic tutorial will help you understand how to read a hockey betting line. Here is an example of one:

101    Toronto +105     +1.5 (-270)    Over 5.5 (+115)
102   Chicago  -125      -1.5 (+230)    Under 5.5 (-135)

The home team will always be listed on the bottom. The number to the far left is the rotation number for the team. If you want to bet on Chicago. Instead of telling the bookie “Chicago”, you would just tell him “102”.

Money Line

In the first column to the right of the team names you see a +105 next to Toronto and a (-125) next to Chicago. This represents the money line if you take a team to win straight up. If you pick Toronto, your winnings would be higher. (+105) means that if you bet $10 on Toronto to win straight up and you win your bet, you will get paid $10.50 in profit. If you take Chicago to win straight up, you will have to bet $12.50 to make $10.00 profit since their money line is (-125).

Puck Line

In the 2nd column you see next to Toronto +1.5 (-270). This means that Toronto is the underdog and if you bet them in this column, you will be getting a goal and a half. Basically if Chicago wins the game 4 to 3, you still win your bet, however the (-270) means that you will need to bet $27 to make $10 profit. The payout is small, but in a lot of cases it’s the right pick.

Now the 2nd column of the Chicago line reads -1.5 (+230). This means if you take this bet, Chicago must win by 2 or more goals for you to win the bet. The upside to taking this bet is the payout. +230 means that if you bet $10 and win your bet, you will make $23 profit.


The over under line is the last column. In this game it is 5.5. That means that if both teams combine to score more than 5.5 goals (which is obviously 6 in this case) the OVER would be the winning bet. If 5 goals or less are scored the UNDER is the winning bet. The over in this case i (+115) which means that if you bet $10, you would make $11.50 profit. The under is (-135) which means you have to bet $13.50 to make $10 profit.

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