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Hockey Betting 101 How to bet on hockey online

Are you new to online hockey betting?
Wondering how to start betting on hockey online?

You can bet on hockey in four easy steps:

Step 1 Check if online hockey betting is legal in your state

Every state has different regulations when it comes to online sports betting.
In most cases, if online sports betting is legal in your state you'd be able to bet on hockey.
Legal sports betting sites like Unibet will give you the option of betting on hokcey if it's legal in  your state.
You can legally bet on hockey on Unibet if you live in:

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Indiana
  • Virginia
  • Arizona
  • Iowa

Step 2 Vist a hockey betting site or download a hockey betting app

Now that you know you live in a state where online betting is legal it's time to move on to step two.

Check out a licensed sports betting site, like Unibet, or download their hockey betting app. 
Get a feel for the latest hockey odds.

Step 3 Sign Up

You can check out the latest hockey betting lines and odds for free in online sportsbooks.
If you want to place your bets with real money though, you need to sign up with the sportsbook and make a deposit.

You can sign up with Unibet's betting sites in less than 90 seconds.

When you sign up with our betting site, you also get a free $500 RISK FREE BET!

Step 4 Place your first hockey bet!

That's it!
Now you're all set to make your first hockey bet online.
We told you it was going to be easy!

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Hockey betting Guide: How does hockey betting work?

Most of us might think hockey betting is all about the NHL.
The NHL may be the most popular hockye league in the world but hockey on ice is played all over the world.

For the betting community, that means there are games in play all year round. You don’t have to wait for a market, there will always be something listed on our sports betting site.

If you’re new to ice hockey betting or you just want to know some more, we’re here to help. So let’s start at the beginning:

What are hockey odds and how do they work?

Great question for the Face-Off:
Odds answer two things:

  • What is the probability of an outcome happening?
  • How much will I be paid if my bet wins?

Here’s a typical set of odds which answers both questions:

hockey odds

We’ve made the trip east to Sweden where Djurgardens play Malmo.
See those odds of -1.65 next to Malmo; that minus sign indicates the favorites.
The + symbol next to Djurgardens highlights the underdog.

That’s the probability part dealt with: Our odds setters have confirmed that the Redhawks have a greater chance of winning.

So what about payouts?
Those numbers also show what to expect if your bet is a winner.

If you agree with the market and want to back Malmo, the -1.65 figure says that you need to bet $165 to win 100 bucks.

What if you want to back the underdog?
A $100 stake on Djurgardens wins $140 if the bet lands.

To sum up, a minus prefix means you have to bet that amount to collect $100.
Odds with a plus sign in front mean that you stand to win that figure if you stake 100 bucks.

The Public’s Part in Setting Odds

As experts in ice hockey betting, Unibet are here to bust jargon.
If you’ve yet to come across the phrase ‘betting with the public’ you will soon.

The public will look at that game in Sweden and start to consider their bets.
With more money staked on Malmo, they are the favorites.
When you bet with the public, you are betting on the favorites to win.

You’re free to make up your own mind.
Bet on Malmo and you get a smaller return. According to the public and Unibet odds setters, the chances of winning are higher.

If you bet against the public, the chances of winning are statistically less.
However, the returns are bigger.

The underdog will come through on occasions: If they didn’t, sport would be boring.
It’s up to you to pick that winner.

The Different Types of Hockey Bets

#1 Hockey Moneylines

The most popular bet is listed above.
The Moneyline market in ice hockey covers the result and it includes the possibility of Overtime and Shootouts.

It’s not always easy to call the winner but it’s a simple bet and one which most of us start out with.
Pick your team and place your bet.

There is a second market on the match result.
This time, we’ll make the short hop to Finland to check it out.

Hockey 3 way moneyline odds

For this bet we have a third market.
The Regular Time Line refers to the result at the end of the third period.
There are three options now with a win for either side and the tie.

If the game goes into overtime, the tie wins the bet.
For either team to deliver you a profit, they would have to win in regular time.

#2 Hockey Puck lines

If you’ve staked on other sports such as basketball, you may know about the points spread.
This is a bet on the winning margin in a game.
In ice hockey, the spread exists but it’s called a puck line.

Let’s cross back over the Atlantic for an example:

Hockey puck lines

In this NHL game between the Islanders and the Capitals, the Capitals are favorites to win by at least two goals.
The -1.5 figure here tells us this.
If Washington win by two goals or more, the bet pays out at +150.

If the victory is by just one goal or, if the Capitals are defeated, the bet is lost.

If you bet on the Islanders in this puck line market, you win if New York win, tie, or lose by just one goal.

The puck line will usually be set at 1.5 but you can change it up.
The green circle in this image is a slider.
Move it from left to right and the options change.

#3 Hockey Total Goals

Goals win games and you can also stake on the amount of goals scored in a hockey match. Let’s stick with the Islanders and the Capitals.

Hockey Total Goals Bet

The line’s been set at 5.5 and the odds are in play.
If you bet Over the line, you collect at -113 if there are six or more goals.
Bet Under, and the odds shorten to -108 for five goals or fewer.

Want some higher odds?
No problem, just click on that slider to change it up.

Hockey totals bet

As our customer you have the power to set your own lines.
We’ve done this one for you and it’s in place at 6.
If New York and Washington hit at least seven goals between them, a winning bet pays at +138.

But what if it’s a 4-2 win to the Islanders?
What happens if the total goals hit the line?
If there were six goals in this match we’d refund your stake.
The bet is a ‘push’ and there are no winners and losers.

#4 Hockey Props

A prop is a ‘proposition bet’ and there are many options for betting on hockey.
Think of it as something that could happen within a game that doesn’t necessarily determine the match result.

Props fit into two categories.
These are Game Props and Player Props:

Game Props Include

• Highest scoring period
• Team to win each period
• Correct Score
• Both Teams to Score – Yes or No

Player Props Include

• First Goal Scorer
• Player to score at least one goal

Just scroll beyond the main markets and you’ll find all the available props.

#4 Hockey Parlays

A parlay is a combination bet with two or more selections: Parlays can be staked on a single ice hockey game or they can be spread across two matches or more.

Here’s an example of a parlay staked in one game.
It’s known as a single leg parlay:

single game 2 leg hockey parlay

Here we’ve gone for Malmo to win and Over 5.5 goals.
Now it’s time for a 3-leg parlay across three NHL games:

multi game 3 leg hockey parlay

The 3 selections in the moneyline markets are the Ducks, the Stars and the Capitals all to win.
This time we’ve shown the odds and your potential return for a winning bet.
If you’re happy, click on the big yellow button to place the bet.

Keep in mind that with a parlay, all picks have to win. If one or more legs lets you down, the best is lost.

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#5 Hockey Future Bets 

A futures bet is a long term option: Events, tournaments and individual awards come under the spotlight here.
In ice hockey, futures can include:

  • Olympic Gold Medallists
  • Winners of the Stanley Cup
  • MVP Winner
  • Divisional and Conference Winners
  • IHF World Championships

Any long term bet with a final outcome can come under the futures umbrella.
For big tournaments such as the NHL, a new set of markets should appear quickly after the previous season ends.

For longer odds, check those futures prices early.
As the season begins, the odds for the best performing teams will start to come down.

Hockey Betting Tips And Strategies

#Tip 1: What's the public view

The majority view wins most of the time - that’s why it’s the majority.
The public has had a say and they think they’ve spotted a winner.
Favorites may have a higher chance of winning but wouldn’t it be dull if underdogs never came through?

Imagine a world where favorites always win: We might all have to become Colorado Avalanche fans.
That’s no disrespect to the Avalanche but we won’t all fit into the Ball Arena.
Outsiders will win but you have to pick the right time.
Have the public got it right or should you go against them?
What will help you make that decision?

#Tip 2: Do the Math

By math we mean research; It can pay to crunch the numbers and analyze certain stats ahead of any hockey game.
These are the factors to consider.

• Form
• Head to head matchups
• Home rink advantage
• Injuries and absences

Form is an obvious pointer: Is your preferred team coming into the game on the back of some positive results?
Are they in a slump and can’t buy a goal right now?

Head to Heads: Have the teams already played each other this season?
You can go back over previous seasons but historic stats may not always be relevant.
It’s good to spot patterns if there are any but recent matchups are better.

Home record vs away record.
Is a team stronger at home or do they deliver more points on the road?
Home advantage is an interesting point.
Perhaps it’s the support of a partizan crowd that helps a team get over the line on their own ice.
On the flip side, that crowd will soon turn against teams when things go wrong.

Study the results and look for a home vs away pattern.
Team news is well documented ahead of time: Is one team going to be weakened by an injury or other absence?
Check on these points as part of your research.

#Tip 3: Are Hockey Parlays a Strong Option?

A parlay can increase your profits. On the flip side of that coin, a single defeat means the bet is lost.
Only use parlays when you are comfortable with ice hockey betting and have completed a number of singles.

Moving forward, you may still decide that this isn’t for you.
If you start out with a parlay, try two legs before anything more complex.
Combining favorites into a parlay can be a good idea if the odds on singles are very short.

At the end of the scale, a high odds parlay can bring high returns but the risk is also greater.
In summary, try it out before committing to parlays on a regular basis.

#Tip 4: Utilize your Unibet Bonuses

At Unibet we like to give you some added value.
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Promotions can help to give your funds a boost and that’s useful for your overall hockey betting strategy.

Why should this be the case?
After all, each court has the same dimensions.
Perhaps it’s the partisan crowd that is cheering them on but home court advantage could be a factor.
On the flip side, if a team is performing poorly then they may be happier to take to the road and get away from the supporters as they turn on them.

There’s only one way to find out if this theory stands up: Look at the stats and see if home court advantage has been a factor in recent weeks.