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Frozen Assets – What’s in a Futures Bet?

Puck+w:magnifying+glassWhat’s in a Futures bet? A Look Behind Stanley Cup OddsHow do we know if a futures bet is good value? Sure, if I told you to bet on Detroit or San Jose to win the Stanley Cup at odds of +10000 you would know that was a good bet. But would you know why? What does a futures bet represent?

Betting on a team to win the Stanley Cup requires five events to occur:

1) The team must make the playoffs.
2) The team must win the conference quarter-finals.
3) The team must win the conference semi-finals.
4) The team must win the conference finals.
5) The team must win the Stanley Cup.

A futures bet on a team to win the Stanley Cup represents the probability of those five events occurring. That probability is calculated by multiplying the likelihood of each event occurring.

Now that there are five games left in the regular season, we know that all teams are not equal. Some teams have made the playoffs, some teams are eliminated, and most teams fall somewhere in between.

Based on the best odds on each team to win the Stanley Cup and the probability that they will make the playoffs (caveat: strictly my opinion), it is possible to calculate the average odds on each team to advance for each round of the Stanley Cup.

(Before games of March 27 – except Boston/Toronto)

Team……………Best Odds……..Site……………..Prob. of Playoffs…….Price/Round

Detroit…………..+400…………Betfair………………….1.0……………………….-200

San Jose…………+840…………Betfair………………….1.0……………………….-133

Montreal………..+1150………..Betfair………………….1.0……………………….-114

Anaheim…………+800………..Matchboook…………..1.0……………………….-137

Pittsburgh………+1000………Matchboook…………….1.0……………………….-122

New Jersey……..+1400………Bet365…………………..0.97…………………….-105

Ottawa…………….+1400………Bet365…………………0.95…………………….-106

Minnesota……….+3300……..BetFred………………….0.90…………………….+135

Calgary…………….+2600……..Betfair………………….0.90…………………….+122

Dallas………………+2200……..Gamebookers…………0.90……………………..+113

New York (R)…..+1800……..5Dimes………………….0.90……………………..+103

Philadelphia……..+5000…….Carib………………………0.83……………………..+154

Colorado…………..+3233…….WSEX…………………..0.78……………………..+126

Boston ……………..+6000…….Carib…………………….0.73…………………….+158

Vancouver…………+3000……Carib……………………..0.65……………………..+112

Nashville…………..+10000….BetFred………………….0.60………………………+174

Washington……….+6600…..BetFred…………………..0.37……………………..+123

Edmonton………….+22500…5Dimes…………………..0.14……………………..+137

Buffalo……………….+10000…BetFred………………..0.22…………………….+117

Florida………………+30000…StanJames……………….0.09……………………+128

Phoenix……………..+80000…StanJames………………0.05……………………+152

Chicago………………+80000…StanJames……………..0.06……………………+163

Columbus…………..+99999…Carib…………………….0.02……………………+111

Questions, Comments, think I’m way off here? Leave a comment or send an e-mail to illegalcurve@gmail.com

For illegal curve, I’m Ari Baum-Cohen



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