CFL Odds

While the National Football League is obviously the class of professional football, the Canadian Football League has given a chance to more than a few players that have gone on to glory south of the border. Warren Moon and Doug Flutie are just two of the names you will recognize that had success in both leagues. There are definitely differences in the two leagues, such as field size, number of downs and philosophies, but betting on both is a lot of fun. 

Point Spread 

While you can bet on who will win the game, which is called a money line bet (more on that soon), wagering on point spreads has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity and it adds a little extra something to games you ordinarily wouldn’t care about. The premise is pretty simple: there is a line set prior to a game and one team is going to be favored. For example, Toronto is favored by three points against Montreal. You will see it written like this: 

Toronto Argonauts (-3)

Montreal Alouettes (+3) 

You can beat the spread in two ways: you can bet on Toronto win by more than three points, but it has to be by more than three (landing on three will result in a push and a tie). You can also bet on Montreal to lose by fewer than three points or win outright as the und

CFL Odds

While the National Football League is obviously the class of professional football, the Canadian Football League has given a chance to more than a few players that have gone on to glory south of the border. Warren Moon and Doug Flutie are just two of the names you will recognize that had success in both leagues. There are definitely differences in the two leagues, such as field size, number of downs and philosophies, but betting on both is a lot of fun. 

Point Spread 

While you can bet on who will win the game, which is called a money line bet (more on that soon), wagering on point spreads has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity and it adds a little extra something to games you ordinarily wouldn’t care about. The premise is pretty simple: there is a line set prior to a game and one team is going to be favored. For example, Toronto is favored by three points against Montreal. You will see it written like this: 

Toronto Argonauts (-3)

Montreal Alouettes (+3) 

You can beat the spread in two ways: you can bet on Toronto win by more than three points, but it has to be by more than three (landing on three will result in a push and a tie). You can also bet on Montreal to lose by fewer than three points or win outright as the underdog. You will also see a lot of spreads ending in a half-point, as to reduce the number of pushes. 

Money Line

This is where you would wager on a team to win outright and the money line is what you would see instead of the number of points at stake. For example, if Calgary is favored to win over Edmonton. You might see something like: 

Calgary Stampeders -140

Edmonton Eskimos +120

In this scenario, you would have to wager $140 on Calgary to win $100 if you are leaning toward the favorite. If you want to go with the underdogs from Edmonton, you would win $120 on a wager of $100. You obviously get more of a payout for betting on the underdog but remember, the favorite is favored for a reason. And you also have to remember when it comes to betting on the money line: the points DO NOT matter. 

Total 

Where the points do indeed matter is when you are betting on the total, which is exactly as it sounds: wagering on the number of points that will be scored. For example, you have a total of 45 points for a game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Your task is simple: bet on whether the final total will be over or under the number set by the sportsbook. Again, you will find a lot of totals that are set to a half-point, so you don’t have to worry about a push. 

Now that you have the basics under your belt, start wagering on some CFL football!