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3 Profitable Strategies for Betting the CFL

Jun 10, 2018 9:05 AM EDT

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Kevin Fogg

The Highlights

  • The 2018 CFL season kicks off on June 14.
  • Start building your NFL bankroll by following three CFL Pro Systems.
  • These systems have combined to return a profit of $17,315 for a $100 bettor since 2005. 

The Baltimore Ravens will be the first team to open training camp on July 22. Two weeks, later the preseason begins with the Ravens playing the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game. And six weeks after that the Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons in the regular-season opener on Sept. 6.

Bettors have to wait 91 more days until they can wager on a meaningful NFL game.

Instead of counting down the minutes, let’s start building our bankrolls for the upcoming season by betting on the Canadian Football League. The 2018 CFL season starts June 14 when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Edmonton Eskimos (8:30 p.m. ET).

I know what you are thinking. How can I bet on a sport I know nothing about? Don’t worry, we have you covered. By using Bet Labs, bettors get access to 13 years of proprietary CFL betting data as well as three Pro Systems.


Combined, these CFL Pro Systems are 545-423-9 (56%) straight-up, against the spread (ATS) and over/under since 2005. A $100 bettor would have returned a profit of $17,315 wagering on all system matches.

Below is a description of each betting system. To see game matches try Bet Labs for one month, for just $49.

Road Dogs on Losing Streaks

In the CFL it has been profitable to bet road teams: 490-435-17 (53.0%) ATS since 2005. If that team is an underdog the win rate improves to 55.0% ATS (358-293-9 record). Another contrarian strategy that we can add is betting road dogs on losing streaks. The losses lead to inflated lines, offering savvy bettors value. Road underdogs on losing streaks have gone 163-112-2 (59.3%) ATS since 2005.

Moneyline Underdogs

Moneyline bets are straightforward. Bettors are simply wagering on which team will win the game.  In the CFL, moneyline underdogs have been the way to go, especially if they are on the road.

Teams in this situation are 231-411-4 (36.0%) straight-up, and a $100 bettor would have returned a profit of $4,142 (6.4% ROI) following this strategy. Of course we can do a lot better than blindly betting every road underdog.

Our Bet Labs CFL moneyline system is 121-122-2 (49.8%) straight-up. The higher win rate results in a greater profit ($6,872) and return on investment (28.0%) for a $100 bettor.

Bet Labs users can copy this Pro System from the Think Tank to see the specific filters used to create the winning strategy.

Unders in High Total Games

We’ve shown that contrarian strategies work for the spread and moneyline; the same is true for the total. Most bettors like to cheer for points. Oddsmakers know this and will shade lines toward the over, which leads to value on the under.

Since 2005, betting the under in CFL games has gone 508-426-11 (54.4%). It is easier for a game to go under if there is a high total. Over that same span, the under is 349-268-7 (56.6%) in games with totals over 50 points.

This system improves further with one additional filter. Unlock the full system (261-189-5, 58.0%) and start getting game matches.



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