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Scotties Tournament of Hearts Odds

The Super Bowl is over, baseball is around the corner, and hockey and basketball are in full swing, but sometimes we all feel a desire to experience something new and different.

Winter in Canada doesn’t just mean hockey, it also means its curling season. Growing in popularity worldwide since becoming an official Olympic sport in 1998 at Nagano, gone are the days of beer-bellied smokers dominating the game. Fitness, sports psychology and even equipment controversies now rule the rink. With increased popularity has come a proliferation of television exposure as well, with media giant Rogers and other corporate partners teaming up to create a tour of sorts with televised tournaments occurring regularly each month.  

In fact, right now is the heart of the curling season worldwide. Countries are holding their national tournaments to determine who will represent them at the world championships, to be held this year in Basel, Switzerland for men, and in Swift Current, Saskatchewan for women. In Canada that means the women’s national tournament, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, is now underway.

Curling has started to be dominated by teams that have the time and sponsorships to succeed, and while most Canadian team members also hold day jobs, some teams are more semi-professional than others. The fact that this is a national tournament, though, means that some smaller teams do make the national stage, and some upsets along the way this year have made for a more unique field than in recent history.

Of course here at OddsShark, we think that creates another opportunity to put a little cash in your pocket. Jennifer Jones and her Manitoba rink are back as the defending champion Team Canada, and her foursome is always to be feared in big pressure games. Her rink has started off slow this week so far going only 2-2. Look for Jones to be in the hunt at the end, however. Facing her is likely to be Team Alberta represented by the Chelsea Carey rink. Going 5-0 so far and two games clear of the field, Carey has already played her provisionally toughest opponents (Team Canada and Northern Ontario) and could go undefeated through the round-robin matches barring an unforeseen slip-up.

Carey and Jones are likely to be heavy chalk in all their upcoming matches, with Sports Interaction having odds on each draw, but backing them could add a modest sum to your bankroll and give you an excuse to learn more about this simple, but extremely strategic game on ice.

Here's the latest odds:

Scotties Tournament of Hearts Odds - Draw 8

Odds as of February 23 at Sports Interaction

  • Ontario -220
  • British Columbia +155
  • Manitoba -192
  • Quebec +137
  • Northern Ontario -258
  • Prince Edward Island +177
  • New Brunswick +395
  • Team Canada -719