Why Has Contrarian NHL Betting Been So Historically Profitable?

NHL Betting Against the Public
Why Has Contrarian NHL Betting Been So Historically Profitable?

With the NHL set to begin a 48-game season this weekend, we took advantage of our Bet Labs software to update our NHL betting against the public analysis.

Our database includes closing moneylines from Pinnacle and moneyline NHL Betting Trends data for all regular and postseason games since the start of the 2005 season.

Due to the number of games each NHL season and the plus-money payouts of moneyline underdogs, NHL bettors with an edge (like those betting against the public) enjoy many opportunities to cash in on that edge.

The results below show both units won and ROI (return on investment) when betting against the public at specific betting percentage levels.

Table 1: NHL Betting Against the Public

Betting Percentage Number of Games Units Won ROI
45% 7,649 +83.71 +1.1%
35% 4,380 +109.56 +2.5%
25%  1,733 +57.75 +3.3%

As you can see, betting on NHL teams receiving 35% or less of moneyline wagers has resulted in almost +110 units won. Filtering this down and only betting teams at the 25% level drops units won to +57.75, but the decrease in games actually improves the ROI to +3.3%.

While those results are impressive on their own, NHL betting against the public has been even more profitable when focusing strictly on visiting teams.

Table 2:  NHL Visitors and Betting Against the Public

Betting Percentage Number of Games Units Won ROI
45%  4,369 +97.33 +2.2%
35%  2,555 +97.25 +3.8%
25%  1,017 +57.19 +5.6%

By omitting home teams, there isn’t much of a drop-off in units won at each betting percentage level, but we once again decrease the number of wagers needed to achieve those results, improving our ROI even further.

While these results are already quite profitable, we can continue to increase ROI by using Bet Labs’ Moneyline List filter to analyze specific moneyline levels.

The table below builds on the same filters as Table 2, but only includes teams who closed between +105 and +200 moneyline underdogs.

Table 3:  NHL Visitors and Betting Against the Public (+105 to +200 Underdogs)

Betting Percentage Number of Games Units Won ROI
45%  3,387 +46.50 +1.4%
35%  1,891 +96.27 +5.1%
25%  660 +58.10 +8.8%

If you’re interested in doing this analysis or creating your own data-driven NHL Betting Systems, we invite you request a free live demo of our Bet Labs software.

18 Comments
  • evo34
    January 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    To answer the question posed in the headline, I don’t think has been profitable in recent history (last 3 seasons). A major red flag IMO when evaluating any system that relies on historical anomalous behavior.

  • Jay Cross
    January 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Just to be clear, the data refers to public betting % at OR BELOW those listed? For example does less than 25% theoretically go down to a betting % below 10% public support?

  • Dirk
    January 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It would be interesting to take it one step further to determine if there is a specific + money range that is more profitable as well. Saying +105 to +200 is a huge range. Is there any way to break it down to Visitors at 35% or less between +105 and +125, between +126 and +150, between +151 and +175 and between +176 and +200?

  • mike
    January 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Could you show breakdown by months please? It’s clear on the chart that you have winning streaks (probably each october, the beginning of the season when lines are not sharp) ? Or i could be wrong, the scale of the chart makes it hard to see which months were profitable and which were losing on NHL?

    Thanks for great research.

      • mike
        January 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

        I am already a member long ago, but not sure how to do such analysis. I would like to see breakdown by month! thank you!

  • Adam
    January 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

    So, when you bet are you taking the money line or the spread?

  • Jason
    January 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    When I Look at the NHL under the free betting tools it show the spread %. Is that the % of money line bets or puck line bets?

  • Bear
    January 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    how is it doing so far this year?

    if im understanding correctly it looks like it was a rough weekend
    0-3 saturday
    0-3 or 0-4 sunday

  • zen
    January 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    obvious from the graph this system has shown zero profit over the last three years

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