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Hockey is a clear favourite in the betting industry. Dynamic and mesmerising, agile and unpredictable, rich in unexpected endings – yes, hockey can be appreciated for many things.
There are quite a few types of hockey betting, and you know them well: performance betting, match outcomes, handicaps. However, there is another niche that is undeservedly inferior in popularity – but in no way inferior in efficiency. Get to know ‘double chances’ in hockey.

What types of bets in this segment can be?


There will be no draw – 12.

The host side wins – 1X.

The visiting team will not lose – 2X.

Experienced hockey betting fans know all too well that there is room to run wild. If you use the right strategy, you can make good money on “double chances”. But you need to know which way to look and which theories to use.

Today, let’s talk about some of the most curious “double chance” strategies: how not to get into deficit, how to make the right choices and how to succeed.

Betting on the impossibility of a draw

Let’s start with the rarest but most profitable strategy – 12.

This means that the game will not end under the auspices of “friendship won.” It is better to understand “on the shore”: you need to act with extreme caution with this strategy.

Experienced bettors and sports betting enthusiasts are ready to share their secrets. The DNA of this bet is to keep a close eye on the first periods of the match. As a rule, it is not the case that all three periods go “in tandem”.

If the first two ends in a draw, then in the third one someone will definitely break out. Therefore, we adhere to the pattern: the first two periods of the team go “shoulder to shoulder”, respectively, in the last 20 minutes you can bet on the same “12″.

Let’s look at an example. A German tournament, a meeting between two teams who finish 1-1 in the opening periods. In the final period, of course, one of the teams takes the lead.

And here is the important point: correctly, the original favourite comes to win. Another condition will strengthen the probability of the 12 bet: if a strong team is playing in their own arena.

If there is a meeting between a noticeable favorite and a clear outsider and they go to a “draw” for two periods, 90% that in the third period a strong team will snatch victory.

Why is this happening?


A weak team is called a weak team for a reason. They can “start for good, end for bad” because they are running out of energy. If an outsider is cheerful for two periods, they are likely to run out of energy in the third. The pace suffers, the players get weaker, and the favourite is like a tank, pounding away at the goal.
The tournament leaders, on the other hand, are starting to gain momentum. They realise that they are playing on home ice, with their people in the stands, who have come to watch beautiful hockey, not boring puck skating. The team picks themselves up and their hands are the sticks. And ends the game in their favour.
By the way, the Ladder plan works well in this bet. It means that if you win, you add the winnings to your initial bet. And you bet not 800 rubles, for example, but 1,200. How many steps your strategy will have is up to you, depending on your expectations.
If a weak team takes on a strong team in their own arena, it’s a moot point. The strength of home ice is truly phenomenal. Better to opt for the home favourites.

Bet on the owners of the ice: not losing the host team

Well, it gets even more interesting. It is a known fact that betting on the winning of a strong team that plays on its own ice is not a good idea due to small odds. Therefore, let’s look from the other side.
Here, it is better to consider those who occupy the “golden ground” in the rankings as the host team that will win. Which means , this is a club that can show their power, but for some reason has not yet made it to the top.
Why the priority on the middle teams? They are often underestimated. And the formula “stable average club plus home arena” very rarely fails bettors.

Why can average teams succeed?

There are several options here for the bettor to hit the exact target and make a good bet.
Picture one. A stable average team meets in its territory with a leader who is not in the best shape.
The reasons for this very “bad shape” can be different: ups and downs in the team, a change of coach, a bad season.
As it is right, many will still bet on the leader with the thought “what if they get together today?”. Not realizing that just the same, a strong average team on home ice has every chance of winning the “experienced leader”.
Picture two. A good average club meets the same average club. And here you need to look at the statistics of the away team. If the indicators are not very bright, feel free to bet on the host team.
Picture three. A meeting between two teams of roughly equal strength. But the away club are slightly ahead of the home side in the rankings. It might only be a couple of positions. But imagine the excitement and motivation of the host team? In such a case, a bet on the home team not losing will usually hit the target.
All three situations described above work perfectly with a 1X bet.

Betting on not to lose


Let’s face it: this bet is very difficult for bettors psychologically.
The brain has fixed that the home team usually wins the ice. Taking a step in the other direction is difficult. But, if high odds are calling there?
Let’s talk about a working pattern that will allow you to bet on 2X.
If a good, average team, which is in a slight decline, is visited by a strong, average club, they usually finish the match with a draw. There can only be one obstacle in this scenario: the strong motivation of the home team. It can be in two cases.
The hosts’ last game ended in failure: they were defeated. Therefore, this match is “a matter of honour” for them.
The home team lost to a similarly average club. And it’s a matter of getting back at it, and immediately.

To summarise

It can be said that all three theories are very workable. If certain conditions coincide and if you analyse the situation carefully, you can make great bets.


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Kristaps is an expert in the field of online casinos. Since the age of 20, he has been interested in casino games; poker and blackjack are his favorites. Thanks to his studies and work experience, he has found himself a gambling critic and analyst. He likes to share his own authentic experience with the audience, so his articles are very informative. Kristaps' lifelong dream is to participate in a poker tournament in Las Vegas.



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