Canadian Football Fans Betting on the Grey Cup

Published Sunday, November 29, 2015 -
Canadian Football Fans Betting on the Grey Cup

The National Football League in the USA culminates in a championship game called the Super Bowl that attracts millions of punters betting on the outcome. In Canada where the game of football is played differently in certain ways ends in the Canadian version of the Super Bowl known as the Grey Cup.  The end of November for over 100 years annually, the Grey Cup is played on a field that is usually frozen this time of year in Canada is bigger than the US version. The official playing field in Canadian football is similar to American fields prior to 1912. The Canadian field of play is 110 yards long by 65 yards wide rather than 100 yards long by 60 feet wide as in American football. There are other differences in the CFL and NFL games. The American teams use eleven players, while Canadian teams have twelve players on the field per side. Both games have the same number of players required at the line of scrimmage, so the twelfth player in the Canadian game plays a backfield position. In American football, a team has four downs to advance the ball ten yards, while in Canadian football the limit is three downs.

All of these differences and others make the game of football in Canada a different sport for betting. Almost every Canadian, USA, and International facing online sports book offers a full range of wagering options on the CFL Grey Cup which happens in Winnipeg Manitoba’s Investors Group Field today. The match will feature the Edmonton Eskimos against the Ottawa RedBlacks, with the Eskimos having never lost to the Ottawa team. Edmonton has covered the spread three times in the four meetings between the two franchises over the past two seasons. Edmonton enters the Grey Cup riding a nine-game SU winning streak and Ottawa has a five-game SU winning streak. Odds are on the Eskimos to win but it may depend on the weather.

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