The Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships for 2018 is scheduled for 4-20 May 2018, and is to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. There were two bids for the 82nd annual competition, and the second was made by Latvia. In the end, Denmark received the honour to be the host, and the games will be played in two arenas, the Royal Arena in Copenhagen with a capacity of 12,500 spectators, and the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning with a capacity to accommodate 12,000 spectators.
The top teams on the tournament will also qualify for the tournament next year (the host to be decided). There are 16 qualified teams for this year’s tournament divided into two Groups, A and B, with South Korea as a debutant, which was promoted from Division I.
There a couple of favourites for the final tournament, and the bookies are a great indicator on which teams you should bet. Bookies have been posting the odds for quite a while now, and here is what they offer.
SportNation is an exciting bookie because it frequently surprises bettors with exclusive offers on Facebook. It would be smart to follow them there in order to keep track of some good offers that you can use for betting on the World Championship or on ice hockey in general. SportNation is also the official betting partner of the Barmy Army for the season 2017/2018.
There are two ways to bet on the Championship at SportNation. Either you can make bets on individual games as the tournament progresses, or you can make an outright bet prior to the start of the tournament or during it on the overall winner i.e. the champion team.
According to SportNation, the best chances for the title go to Canada (7/5), with Russia (53/20) and Sweden (29/10) at close second and third. Denmark’s odds (78/1) are tenth best overall, but if they can surprise, you would make a fortune on them. You can also bet on top 3 finish, or group winners etc.
To go with that, SportNation has a welcome bonus of £100 on your first deposit of at least £200.
This is a sister bookie to SportNation, and are run by the same group. However, at RedZoneSports the focus is more towards American sports i.e. sports that are highly popular in the USA such as the NFL, NBA and ice hockey of course. Therefore, this makes RedZoneSports the perfect bookie for bets on the ice hockey championship in Denmark.
There are many options for bonuses here. There is the welcome bonus of up to £200; there is the cash-out feature, the Double Dip Club where you get a £10 free bet every Monday, and many more. Just go to the Promotions tab and make your pick, we are sure you will find something that suits you. There are also daily boosts, where the odds for certain events are boosted for the day, giving you a chance for an extra profit than usual.
When it comes to the odds, they are identical as mentioned previously. The top three are Canada (7/5), Russia (53/20) and Sweden (29/10), followed by Finland (6/1), Czech Republic (21/2), USA (11/1) and Germany (58/1).
TLCBet is a promising provider powered by the TGP Europe Ltd with offices in Douglas, Isle of Man. This provider is licenced by both the authorities of Isle of Man, and by the UK Gambling Commission, making it suitable and safe for UK bettors.
If you go to the World Championship betting page at TLCBet, you will notice that you can make pre-match bets on virtually every game of the group stage. You can also make outright bets on the final champion, the top three finish teams, and on the winners of each group. The Group A winner favourites are Russia (6/5) and Sweden (5/4), while the honour as Group B favourites goes to Canada (5/13) and Finland (33/10). Coincidentally, Canada is the strongest favourite as the tournament champion standing at odds (7/5).
If you are new to TLCBet, you can claim a £30 bonus token given to bettors that are making their first-ever bet here. There is also an Acca Protection promo, where you accumulator bet is refunded if only one team fails you.
Letou is a provider with great credibility. It is the official sponsor of Swansea City F.C. and tries to leave a long-lasting legacy in the world of sports. Letou is also located and licenced in Douglas, Isle of Man, and holds a second licence issued by the UK Gambling Commission. The parent company is TGP Europe Limited.
Currently, Letou does not offer any betting bonuses, so you can just start betting with your own money. However, keep an eye on the Promotions section in case a bonus offer comes up in the following weeks during the World Championship.
If you take a look at the sports categories, you will notice that ice hockey does not have a prominent place on the betting menu. Nevertheless, Letou will not disappoint you with its odds and ice hockey offering. There are several competitions offered for ice hockey betting, and the World Championship is one of them. Nevertheless, the odds are no different from the other bookies with Canada as the favourite at (7/5), followed by Russia and Sweden with 53/20 and 29/10 respectively.
If you ask the majority of UK bettors which their favourite UK sports betting provider is, their answer would be SportPesa. There is plenty to hope for at SportPesa. First, there is a £10 matched free bet given to new bettors. It means that SportPesa will refund your first-ever bet on any sport in the form of a £10 free bet. You can use the free bet to wager on the house without risking your own money. That is only for starters, as SportPesa runs frequent time-limited promotions.
You can use the free bet to wager on the World Championship as well. The favourites are the Canadians with 7/5. If you are feeling adventurous, keep in mind that South Korea’s odds are 975/1. That means for just £10 you can get £9,750 back. It is a long shot, but all you can lose is £10 and 5 minutes of your life to make the bet.