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How to Bet on CFL

With only nine teams in the Canadian Football League and four games a week, CFL bettors have a much smaller weekly schedule to handicap than NFL bettors and college football bettors. The smaller league size can work to the advantage of bettors who are willing to put in the time to study and learn the league.

Basic Odds and Betting Options

The most common way to bet on CFL football games is with the point spread. A point spread is used to make games evenly matched regardless of the two opponents that are playing.

For example, a game between the Ottawa RedBlacks and the Toronto Argonauts favors the Argonauts. By adding a point spread to the game of Ottawa (+9.5) vs Toronto (-9.5), bettors who want to bet on the Argonauts at -9.5 will only win their bet if Toronto wins by 10 points or more. Ottawa +9.5 bettors cash their tickets if the RedBlacks win outright or lose by nine points or less.

Bettors can also bet games on the moneyline if they don’t want to deal with point spreads. In the example above, bettors would have to pay a premium to bet on Toronto to win outright at -475 (bet $475 to win $100). On the other hand, betting on an Ottawa upset would pay nicely at +380 (bet $100 to win $380).

Odds and spreads vary from game to game based on the talent of the two teams, home-field advantage and other factors.

CFL bettors can also bet on the total, which is an OVER/UNDER bet based on a set number of points. If the point total is set at 50.5 points, a bet on the OVER cashes if 51 or more points are scored and a bet on the UNDER cashes if there are 50 points or less scored.

CFL Betting Strategies

While it is nearly impossible to know the ins and outs of all 32 NFL teams or over 100 college football teams, gaining an in-depth knowledge of all nine Canadian Football League teams is totally attainable for handicappers willing to put in the work. This work can pay huge dividends on a week-to-week basis.

With a firm understanding of each team’s strengths and weaknesses on offense and defense, knowledgeable CFL bettors can project likely outcomes of each game. If a game is too close to call but will clearly be a high-scoring affair, a play on the OVER could be in order. If one side has a clear edge, a play against the spread or on the moneyline could be correct.

Game selection is important in CFL betting too. With so few games to choose from each week, some bettors feel inclined to bet on them all. Resist this urge and stick to sides in which you feel you have a strong edge.

Finding a Suitable Sportsbook

Just about all online sportsbooks offer weekly lines on CFL games. But some go beyond just that, offering prop bets on player performances or futures like season win totals. Weigh your options by reviewing the betting options that each sportsbook offers on the CFL.