Each week, we talk to Sports Interaction to get their thoughts on what’s going on in the sports betting world, with an emphasis on sports betting in Canada.
Sports Interaction is a Canadian sportsbook that caters specifically to Canucks. They offer convenient deposit methods as well as a wide selection of betting props on many events.
Here’s our Q&A with them for this week.
(Posted June 2, 2016)
Champions League Final
Champions League bettors were treated to a classic final last weekend when Real Madrid edged Atletico Madrid in penalties. Was that a big win for the wagering public?
Definitely. Real Madrid is one of the most popular teams in the world so it was no surprise to see the majority of our bettors side with Ronaldo and Real as favourites.
However, with the game ending as a draw after 90 minutes, that was a great result for Sports Interaction. We had some sharp bettors putting their money on a draw, but not nearly as many as those picking an outright winner.
Indy 500 Betting
We also saw the 100th running of the Indy 500 last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Was that event a major draw for bettors?
Generally speaking, motorsports aren’t extremely popular with our betting clientele, but major races like the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 always have a decent following.
This year we saw strong betting support for Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who ended up finishing seventh.
Other betting favourites included Castroneves, Pagenaud, Power, but it was rookie Alexander Rossi coming out of nowhere to take the checkered flag. He was included in the field betting option, priced at +1000.
Toronto Raptors betting and NBA Finals Odds
Now that the Toronto Raptors’ playoff run is over, where do all the NBA bettors who were backing the We The North wave go from here?
That truly was a great performance by the Raptors and this team has a bright future if it’s able to bring back a couple key players like DeMar DeRozan and Bizmack Biyombo.
Now though, it’s LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers against Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors in a rematch of last season’s final. These are the two best teams in the league and this is going to be a fantastic finish to the NBA playoffs.
The betting action we’re seeing is relatively balanced. NBA bettors love Curry’s Warriors after their record-breaking regular season but the Cavaliers opened as underdogs in this series and they’re drawing some action too. This might be a long series.
Stanley Cup Final Betting
Lastly, the Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed Game 1 at home against the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup final. Are bettors still all-in on the Penguins?
No, there’s healthy support for the Sharks, too. San Jose might be one of the only teams in the league able to skate with Pittsburgh and the Sharks have better depth on the blue line.
Pittsburgh’s speed and skill is impressive, but San Jose can put a lot of pucks in the net too.
Bettors have been expecting goals in this series with significant money coming in on over the 5.5-goal total in Game 1 and the over was a popular bet for Game 2 as well.