The Stanley Cup playoffs are as exciting as hockey gets, and you can up the ante here in the Hawkeye State betting on NHL postseason games at Iowa online sportsbooks.
NHL futures markets let you bet on your favorites to win the Stanley Cup all year long. Then, when the puck finally drops on the Stanley Cup playoffs, you have the option to bet on each round, each game and everything that surrounds NHL postseason hockey.
Find out how to do all of that, including a look at the current odds and how to sign up at an online sportsbook in our complete guide to betting on the Stanley Cup in Iowa.
Below is a look at the odds for every NHL club to win the Stanley Cup this year from the top Iowa online sportsbooks:
Iowa sportsbook apps make betting on the Stanley Cup easy. First, you have to sign up for a betting account. Just click on one of our links to the sportsbook of your choice. That’ll take you to its website.
You can sign up on the website or download its app and sign up there. Either way, you’ll need personal information like your current email and the last four digits of your Social Security number. You may also need a bonus code. These are also listed here on PlayIA.com, and entering one during sign-up will make sure you are eligible for any bonuses.
Next, you need to deposit funds in your account, which you can do using using your debit card, online banking and cash at affiliated casinos, retail sportsbooks and places such as the 7-Eleven or CVS store.
Finally, you can browse through the NHL futures markets and place bets on your favorites to win it all, all year long. Plus, come playoff time, you’ll find even more Stanley Cup betting markets, allowing you to place bets on games, series and more, all the way through the Stanley Cup Final.
Betting on the NHL Stanley Cup involves placing one of the following wagers:
Placing an NHL futures bet means locking in the currently posted odds. Those odds may change throughout the season or playoffs based on a team’s chances of winning, but your potential payout remains the same because you locked in the currently posted Stanley Cup betting odds when you placed the bet.
The odds will almost always have a plus sign in front of them, which indicates that if you win, you’ll get paid that amount, plus your bet back, for every $100 you bet. If odds have a minus sign in front, that indicates that if you win, you’ll get paid $100, plus your bet back, for every multiple of the number you bet.
The same is true for single-game bets, series bets, props and live bets, which are all also booked at currently posted positive (for underdogs) or negative (for favorites) odds, which you lock in when you place a bet.
Sportsbooks will publish rules for how they handle hockey bets, and these will pertain to Stanley Cup betting. Check with the sportsbook you bet with to see how it handles certain situations. Most do so according to these basic hockey betting rules:
Normally, you can look at recent trends to help guide your betting, but recent trends in the Stanley Cup playoffs won’t tell you much.
Over the past 10 years, the Western Conference has a 6-4 edge over the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final, and the teams with the home-ice advantage are just 5-5. One trend that is telling is division winners not making the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, only 15 of the 38 teams in the past 19 playoffs won their division during the regular season.
That tells you the Stanley Cup playoffs are a completely different animal from the regular season, and basing futures bets on regular-season records isn’t necessarily a good idea. Here are three more Stanley Cup betting tips you might want to consider:
Here’s a look at the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2021:
Here’s a look at three solid Stanley Cup contenders in 2021:
Here’s a look at the results of the Stanley Cup Final over the past decade:
Perhaps the best part about the launch of online and mobile sports betting in Iowa is that you can use your smartphone to turn your favorite sports bar into a sportsbook where you can watch NHL playoff games, place bets and enjoy the local fare.
Here’s a look at three great places to do just that in and around Iowa’s biggest city, Des Moines:
Reddit users swear this place is a Des Moines hockey bar, or as close as it gets.
Google calls this a karaoke bar, but it’ll put hockey games on if you ask.
A hockey bar by virtue of the fact that the Iowa Wild AHL team plays across the street.