Ice hockey in the Czech Republic
The two top sports in the Czech Republic are football and ice hockey, and both enjoy popular fan bases with large audiences. Make sports bets on the most popular sports with bwin.
Ice Hockey Betting in the Czech Republic
Ice hockey is one of the best-followed sports in the Czech Republic.
One of the main reasons why the Czechs are now so good at the game is that Czech players are so resilient. If they lose, they dust themselves down, get up and play again, with a strong sense of perseverance and determination that one can only admire.
Many players from the Czech Republic transfer to the NHL every year, having started their professional careers in the Czech Extra Liga. Make your bets on the NHL, the reference competition in the world of ice hockey.
Betting on the Czech Ice Hockey Championship
Also known as the ELH, the Czech Extra Liga is one of the most competitive professional ice hockey leagues in Europe. The league is currently ranked by the IIHF as the third strongest ice hockey league in Europe and the fifth best ice hockey league in the world.
The Extra Liga consists of 14 teams, with the top 10 teams qualifying for the playoffs at the end of the season in order to determine who will be the national champions.
The Czech regular ice hockey season starts in September and runs through to May. Each team plays about 50 games. The team that finished the season bottom of the table faces relegation teams to the second division, which is called the Chance Liga.
During an Extra Liga day, matches are regularly played on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the late afternoon.
Recommended betting on the ELH
Handicap betting is offered when one ice hockey team is heavily favoured over another. To even things out, the bwin bookmaker will offer you a handicap on the number of goals in the winning margin. For example, if a team has a handicap of -1.5, a bet on them will only be successful if they win by more than two goals.
Being a popular sport, the majority of Extra Liga teams maintain a positive home winning record throughout the regular season. This is usually the case for teams that qualify for the playoffs. So a recommended bet on ELH is to bet a handicap win on the teams that play on their home rink. If you prefer to follow the action live, you can enjoy placing live bets during ice hockey games.
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