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Squash Betting

Many of you might have already picked up a squash racquet and played recreationally at your local sports centre, but squash isn’t just a sport to play for fun. It is played across the globe with many countries having a professional league with the World Squash Federation (WSF) hosting tournaments all over the world. Read on to discover more about squash betting in Canada and discover how you could benefit from adding it to your overall betting strategy.

Squash Popularity in Canada

Squash’s popularity in Canada has continued to grow since the establishment of Squash Canada, the national sports association for the development of squash players, in 1915. Tens of thousands of people up and down the country play squash, whether socially or competitively, due to its exciting nature and of course, the fitness benefits you can reap.

Betting on squash is still in its relative infancy but with more and more sportsbooks getting behind the sport, it is worth paying close attention to its rapid rise and getting ahead of the curve.

One of the reasons that squash betting has become more popular is down to the number of tournaments held across the globe throughout the year. Being played inside ensures that tournaments are not liable to the weather and so countries can host competitions all year round, worry-free.

Popular Squash Bets

Squash has a range of betting options for you to choose from and these range from simple outright bets to more complicated total markets and much, much more. So, let’s take a look into the top bet types available on squash.

Outright Betting

There is no easier introduction into squash betting than via the outright bets. Simply select who you think will win a particular game and if they do, your bet is a winner. When it comes to tournaments then you can also place outright bets on both the individual games and the overall competition winner, with the latter offering much more profitable odds due to the number of participants.

Over/Under Betting

Like with many racquet sports, over/under betting is popular with squash bets. They are perfect for newcomers as they are simple to get to grips with. A sportsbook will offer a particular value of points and you just have to decide if there will be more or less points than that value in the match.

Period Betting

Period betting works the same way as over and under betting except you are betting within a specific period, in squash this will be points per set. As an example, you would be able to bet on the total number of points scored in the opening set.

Handicap Betting

As with many other popular sports, squash allows you to make handicap bets. Handicap bets allow you to even out an unbalanced contest to make it both more fun and profitable to bet on. Handicaps in squash betting come in the form of adding points or sets on to a particular player's score to make it a fairer contest.

Totals

The totals market allows you to bet on the total number of sets in a game or even the total number of points scored in a particular game. Betting on the specific number of points in a game can be a hugely profitable market although it is extremely difficult to predict.

What are the biggest Squash Events?

As we have previously mentioned, betting on squash is great because there are so many tournaments going on across the world at any one point. While there are a lot of tournaments to bet on, we are going to look at the key events in the squash calendar that you should make a note of, especially if you want to bet on the sport in the near future.

World Squash Championships

The World Squash Championships take place in a different city every year and it has done so since they were introduced in 1976. Although it started as a male-only tournament, a women’s tournament was added in 1979 which was initially held every other year before becoming an annual occurrence early in the 1990s. The tournament sees the best 64 players of each sex play in a seeded knockout style tournament with the winner of the final being declared the World Squash Champion.

British Open Squash Championship

Before the introduction of the World Squash Championships, there was a time when the British Open was the most coveted prize in the squash circuit. Despite the World Championship’s introduction, the British Open remains hugely popular and is widely considered to be the squash equivalent of Wimbledon. It is held in a different city across Britain each year and usually takes place in May.

Australian Open Squash Championship

The third biggest event in the Squash circuit is the Australian Open which has been held every year since its introduction in 1980. Typically hosted by the Melbourne Sports Centre, the competition has both a men’s and women’s section and is usually held in August and attracts a lot of betting attention from the sportsbooks.

Tips for Betting on Squash

One of the most appealing factors about squash betting is that it is generally very easy to get into, however, it is not quite so easy to be successful at it. Luckily for you, we are on hand to give you all the information you need to optimize your squash betting strategy. As it isn’t a mainstream sport it can be difficult to get all the information you are looking for, so you may have to spend some time trying to locate it, or alternatively you can learn yourself by watching as much squash as possible.

Player Form and Injuries

Player form is crucial in almost any sport and squash is no different. A player high on confidence can seem almost invincible while the opposite can be true for those players suffering a dip in form. Due to the constant twisting, turning and pressure being applied on a player’s body, injuries are common and it is always worth checking the recent health of players before betting on them as recoveries can be slow.

Compare Sportsbooks Odds

Although bookmakers are offering more markets on squash, it doesn’t mean that they are always priced correctly. Shop around and find the best value odds as they may differ fairly significantly from one sportsbook to another, especially in comparison to other sports. It goes without saying that finding the best odds is going to give you the best possible return.

Squash Media & Social Media

Mainstream news does not really follow squash news all that closely, so subscribing to a dedicated publication or following prominent people from within the sport on social media can keep you up to date with all the latest goings on, including the all-important results and injury news. Magazines to look out for include the likes of “Squash Player” and “Squash Magazine” while many of the top pros and journalists are active on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

Best Bookmakers for Squash Betting in Canada

Looking for the best bookmaker to place your squash bets with can be a daunting prospect, but luckily, we are on hand to give you the low down on some of the best bookmakers offering squash markets in Canada, so you needn’t have to worry. Let’s take a look at some of the top sportsbooks you should consider for your squash bets.

Unibet

Unibet offers a great selection of squash markets on tournaments from all across the globe but especially so on the major events. The Unibet platform is simple to use and there is even an app to download so you can bet on the move. The odds offered are always great value while the customer service is second to none with a dedicated help centre.

LeoVegas

LeoVegas offers a first-class sportsbook with fantastic value odds, a seamless website design and a wide selection of squash markets for you to bet on. The LeoVegas site is so simple to navigate around giving you full visibility of the markets on offer. There’s 24/7 live chat support to get all your queries answered as well as a dedicated help centre to answer all the most common questions.

Betway

Betway is one of the world’s leading sportsbooks and it specializes in offering fun, exciting markets and great value odds across a huge range of sports including squash. There are great value welcome offers and bonuses available when you sign-up and they also specialise in sports streaming so you may even be able to watch all the live squash action unfold.

Squash Betting FAQS

What are the best squash events to bet on?

The three best squash events to bet on are the World Squash Championships, the British Open and the Australian Open. This is because there is more coverage and markets than at other tournaments and they also feature the best players.

What markets are available to bet on in squash?

There is a great choice of markets available with the most common markets being outright, over/under and handicap betting. You will find more than enough to bet on even if you are just starting out in the world of squash betting.

Can I bet on squash in-play?

Yes, and not only can you bet on squash in play, but some leading bookmakers will also offer live streaming of specific events so you can bet on a match and then watch the action as it happens in front of you.