Wagering on the NHL can be an incredibly frustrating and costly experience. Trying to pick the outcome of every game rarely leads to a winning ticket. There are simply too many possible combinations of outcomes. You have the option of playing for a visitor win, a tie, or a home victory. Ontario’s “Pro-Line” requires you play a minimum of two (2) games on a ticket, while Quebec’s “Mise-O-Jeu” requires you play a minimum of three (3) games. You must get the outcome of all the games correct in order to have a winning ticket. The problem is that you’ll typically pick all but one game correctly. They have increased the odds in their favor by increasing the likelihood that you will not be able to predict the outcome of more than one game. However, there is a way around their system. It has nothing to do with picking certain teams, or going with the road or home team for a particular reason. Rather, it is a straightforward and systematic approach where your odds of winning increase because you are playing their odds against them.
Decide upon your locks.
Individual games won by either the visitor or home team will pay anywhere from $1.25 to $2.50 per dollar wagered. The bet works by taking your wager and multiplying it by the payout of each game. For instance, if you were to wager $1.00 successfully by determining the outcome of three games, and each of these games paid $1.25, $1.75 and $2.50 respectively, you would come away with a grand total of $5.46 ($1.00 wager x $1.25 x $1.75 x $2.50). It is essentially your wager times the payout of each game you correctly predicted. These payouts are quite small. The more you play, the more they make. Most people will place a single $10.00 or $20.00 bet and try to correctly predict the outcome of three games, only to come up short. However, what if you played the ties? The problem is that it is very rare to correctly predict the winner of two games and come away with predicting the right game that ends in a tie. It’s not impossible, but probably highly unlikely anyone does it consistently. What you need to do is to decide on your one team you know will win for Ontario’s “Pro-line” and the two teams you are confident will win on Quebec’s “Mise-O-Jeu”. Granted, picking two correct teams is more difficult than picking one. However, it can be done. Therefore, the first step is to decide upon your locks.
Place multiple small bets instead of one large bet.
Rather than placing one single bet of $10.00 or $20.00 on a series of three different games, you’ll play ten separate games at $2.00 each and play for ties. That’s right, ties. These ties pay from $6.00 to $7.50! In both the Ontario and Quebec betting systems, the ties pay the most. Ties are considered games that have gone into a shootout. Despite the fact that the wager is much smaller, you are playing the odds that out of ten NHL games, there is a likelihood of some ties. In fact, it happens far more often than you might realize. Instead of picking two games correctly on “Pro-Line” you’ll pick one team, and repeat that team to win on ten different tickets whose second game is a different tie on each ticket. For Quebec’s “Mise-O-Jeu” you’ll pick two teams and repeat these two teams on every ticket with the third game on every ticket being a different tie. If you are successful in predicting either the one team for “Pro-Line” or the two teams for “Mise-O-Jeu” , then you need but one tie out of the ten games to win. With some nights having up to three or four ties in ten games, it can easily be your best chances at tripling or quadrupling your bet. The alternative would be placing a much higher bet on a higher number of games. This just leads to a higher number of possible outcomes and a much greater chance of failure.
When you decide to wager on sports, always remember to do so within the constraints of what you can afford. Always have a limit. Understand that it is all a game of chance. Even the best system is guaranteed to fail from time to time. Never consider any system a sure bet. Rather, have fun and realize that playing a smaller wager and wining, is often more enjoyable than playing too large a sum and losing.