Online Hockey Betting
One of the great things about betting online is that you can bet on just about every major competitive sport happening anywhere in the world. Field hockey might not be as popular as ice hockey in the betting arena, but it does have a growing fan base and provides plenty of sports betting action for anyone interested in the game. Played in most Commonwealth countries, field hockey is a team sport that is introduced at school level, and played at clubs and internationally. The sport has been gaining momentum over the years with the Olympics highlighting its growth.
The World Hockey League
With online hockey betting, most of the bets will be placed on Hockey World League games. For those who are new to the sport, the World League is globally expansive hockey tournament consisting of 4 rounds. The tournament is played over the span of 2 full years where the winners of the tournament automatically qualify for a starting place at the Hockey World Cup as well as the Olympics.
Betting on the Olympics
Online hockey betting reaches its peak during the Olympic Games. In the most recent 2016 Rio Olympic Games, online betting sites offered multiple hockey bets on each match. In the case of the Olympics, traditional hockey bets can be placed, as well as bets on which country will win the bronze, silver or gold medal. In 2016, Argentina claimed the gold medal, while Belgium took silver and Germany bronze.
The Hockey World Cup
Hockey betting gets another boost whenever the Hockey World Cup is in action. Held every 4 years, the World Cup sees 16 nations compete for the title of World Champs. Between the Olympics and the Hockey World Cup, the Hockey Championships provides an additional opportunity for bettors to get in on the hockey betting action. The Hockey Championships is a biannual event where teams from all around the world compete for a single trophy. As it stands, Australia have dominated the competition, winning 14 out of the last 20 competitions.
Types of Online Hockey Bets
When it comes to placing a hockey bet, there are plenty bets for every type of bettor. For those just getting into hockey betting, the easiest bet to place is a fixed odds match, or tournament bet. This involves predicting the winners of a particular match or the tournament as a whole. For more experienced punters, hockey offers a number of exotic bets, including which team will score first, how many penalties will be given, the score at half time, and if the number of goals will be odd or even.
Before You Bet
Hockey is a team sport and as such, it can be difficult to predict the outcome of a match. Before placing any large bet, it is important to do research on the teams and the players. Factors that can influence the outcome of a match include injuries to the team, changes in coaching staff, where the match is being played (home ground advantage), acclimatisation (jetlag) when last the team played a match, current form and results of a previous matchups with the particular opponent.