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A Beginner's Guide to Curling Betting Online

While curling is now a much loved Canadian sport, interestingly enough the evidence suggests that it originated across the pond – in Scotland. Of course back then we probably did not have curling betting taking place, and we certainly did not have online curling betting. However, rocks that resembled similar ones used in curling today were actually found at the bottom of a Scottish lake, with inscriptions on them to suggest that this sport was enjoyed as early as the 16th century. 

Needless to say the sport has evolved into a great passion for many Canadian fans, and fans from a multitude of nations spread across the globe. While understanding curling may be second nature to some of you, we have provided a brief explanation of the sport for our less familiar readers. 

Curling is traditionally played on a rectangular area of ice, with one team facing off against the other. In the most basic sense, the objective for players of this sport is to slide their stones towards a target zone at the far end of the ice sheet. The team that attains the most points thanks to their rocks being the closest to the target area will win the game. There are of course multiple strategies employed by high-level curling players, especially at the Olympic level, but these are somewhat beyond the scope of this beginner’s guide. 

How to Bet on Curling

While some may assume that curling betting only takes place in the wintertime, it is actually a sport that is played year round thanks to indoor facilities and multiple events. The introduction of the world curling tour back in the 1990s has ensured that professional competition for both men and women is now well established. In fact, there are well over 30 professional events that both male and female competitors now take part in. These events are played all over the world, anywhere from Canada to the Far East of Asia! 

Despite the growing presence of curling as a global sport, it is still nowhere near as popular as other worldwide sports such as soccer or hockey, and this is a major reason why there aren’t any specialist curling bookies. This being said, there are many online bookmakers who have now added curling sportsbooks to their overall offerings due to the increasing popularity. This is especially true for online bookies in North America, and especially Canada. 

So in order to participate in online curling betting, all you need to do is find an online bookmaker who actually has a selection of curling sportsbooks. Once you have found this, all you need to do is sign up and you will be participating in curling betting in no time at all. 

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Popular Types of Curling Bets 

Online curling betting can seem confusing at first, which is why it is important to focus on these three most popular types of curling bets at the very beginning. 

  • Outright Winner

This type of bet is typically always available for any given sport, and curling is no different. In fact, this bet will most likely be the first type that you see in any of the curling sportsbooks. However, it is important to note that outright winner bets can only be placed before an event begins. By placing this type of bet, you are betting on a team or an individual to win an event. 

  • Single Bet

With online curling betting, you will typically see a game presented in only one way. There will be an option to bet on team 1 or team 2. In curling betting you cannot bet on a draw (x), since the game cannot finish in a draw thanks to the rules. Therefore you can place a single bet, where you will bet on team 1 or team 2 to win that particular game. 

  • Over / Under Bet

Curling is a sport that consists of points scored over rounds of sliding the rocks down the ice, therefore a game will ultimately end up with each team scoring a certain number of points. With online curling betting, you can bet on how many points will be scored during a game. This is known as an over/under bet, since you will bet that a game is going to go over or under a certain number of points. 

These three types of curling bets will typically always be available for any event. This is true for the Brier (Canadian Men's Championships), Tournament of Hearts (Canadian Womens Championships), World Championships, Curling World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and the European Curling Championships. 

Dos and Don’ts of Curling Betting

Now that you are aware of the three most popular types of bets for curling, you need to know what do when you visit the various curling bookies available. There are a few simple recommendations for you to follow when getting started, as shown below. 

  • Start by betting small

Since the world of online curling betting will be brand new to you to begin with, always bet small until you become familiar with how it all works. This will reduce any losses that you are likely to incur at the start.

  • Follow large events

Take the time to watch the more prestigious curling events such as the Winter Olympics and the World Championships.  While watching these events, pay close attention to the curling sportsbooks to see how the odds are displayed as well as the different markets available. 

  • Become familiar with the rules

This is hugely important! Once you thoroughly understand the rules of the game, you will understand why certain odds are what they are, and this will allow you to make more accurate predictions as well as seek greater betting value further down the line. 

Where Do I Begin?

The World Mixed Curling Championships are taking place each year in October. This is a prestigious contest, and it would be a great event to test the waters with all that you have now learned about curling betting. 

Make sure you check it out, and best of luck to all! 

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