The National Hockey League decided in March to suspend the remainder of its 2019-2020 regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So far, two Avalanche players have tested positive for the virus. Once the Avs have recovered and the sports world returns to normal, Colorado bettors are sure to be itching to get back out to sports events. Here’s what hockey fans need to know about newly launched legal Colorado sports betting in the state starting.
Can Bettors Wager On The Avalanche At CO Sportsbooks?
Bettors can wager on Avalanche games at all legal Colorado sportsbooks. Hockey is a popular mainstream sport, so it’s common to find betting lines for popular hockey teams. Betting on hockey is free of restrictions, so hockey fans aren’t short on wagers.
What Are The Most Popular Avalanche Bets?
Betting on a game’s outcome, the point spread (the puck line, in hockey terms), and over-under bets are common in hockey just like every other sport. There are, however, deeper layers to hockey bets.
It’s one thing to bet on the number of goals scored in a single hockey match. But some bettors are even more confident. They’ll bet a Grand Salami, a wager on the total number of goals scored all day.
Bettors can be even more specific and bet on the outcomes of series of games. A bettor may think the Avs will have the following day:
- The Avalanche will win the first game.
- The Avalanche will lose the second game.
- The Avalanche will tie the third game.
Such a bettor would have a startling lack of faith in the Avs, but he could place a bet on that exact sequence–a parlay bet. However, it’s a risky bet, so new bettors should be careful not to overstretch. It’s still a gamble, after all.
Do The Avalanche Have A Partnership With CO Legal Sportsbooks?
Since Prop DD passed legalizing sports betting (and its taxation), the NHL has been busy securing sports betting deals. After a couple of teams nabbed sportsbook partnerships, the NHL secured a deal with William Hill Plc, an international bookmaker. The terms of the deal are unavailable, but one known is the marketing revenue the NHL will receive from William Hill. It’s unclear, however, what exactly this will mean for NHL fans. It’s possible that the NHL will offer prizes like Avalanche tickets, but that remains to be seen.
How Popular Is Betting On The Avalanche?
Hockey doesn’t have the same mainstream appeal that most professional leagues in Colorado enjoy. YouGov ranks the Avalanche’s popularity below the Broncos, Nuggets, and Rockies. However, the Avs remain more popular than the Rapids. But Avalanche fans are a passionate group and will undoubtedly take advantage of legal Avalanche bets.
Do All Legal Sportsbooks Offer Betting On The Avalanche?
All legal sportsbooks offer betting lines on the Avalanche. Although it’s less popular than other Colorado teams, the Colorado Avalanche is too popular for sportsbooks to ignore. The Avs’ value has more than doubled since 2010, making it an attractive team for sportsbooks to capitalize on.
Where Can Bettors Wager On The Avalanche?
Once Avs fans can leave their homes again, they’ll head to casinos in droves. Most casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek have applied for or been granted sports betting licenses. Anyone craving a road trip could drive all the way to the southwestern corner of the state to bet at Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, which will be a welcome excursion for any stir-crazy hockey fans.
Anyone who’s fine with staying home could check out PointsBet. It’s got lots of lines on hockey, giving rabid Avalanche fans an online betting outlet for what will likely be futures bets until hockey starts again.
What Avalanche Fans Need To Know About Sports Betting In Colorado
Hockey fans in Colorado can now enjoy the added dimension of sports betting. Here’s what Avs fans need to know:
- Grand Salami and parlay bets are available for bettors confident in the outcome of multiple games.
- The NHL has partnered with William Hill, paving the way for possible sports betting prizes.
- The Avalanche’s team value has skyrocketed over the past decade, giving sportsbooks much to be excited about.
With the new introduction of sports betting, hockey fans can not only make some money on the Avalanche’s performance, but bettors could also make some money on the in-game fights, too. The many dimensions of hockey will create exciting betting opportunities for Avs fans.