After a big win over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks are atop the NHL standings. This year’s surprising performance has not just re-energized fans, it may also benefit the many PlayNow players who placed an early-season longshot wager on the Canucks to win their first-ever Stanley Cup.
Based on bets placed as of today, BCLC’s local sportsbook PlayNow.com would pay out approximately $3 million to B.C. bettors if the Canucks win the Stanley Cup in 2024. The total payout will climb even higher if they continue their winning ways going into the playoffs starting in late April.
“Every year we see diehard Canucks fans make a small bet on their team to win the Stanley Cup on PlayNow, no matter the odds. This year’s surprising performance from the Canucks has translated to our B.C. players placing even more bets on PlayNow to win the Cup,” says Dan Beebe, BCLC’s Chief Operating Officer. “As B.C.’s local sportsbook and the only whose profits goes back to support programs and services in our communities, this is one bet we’d love to be able to pay out to our players.”
In October 2023, the Canucks began the season with 52.00 odds to win the Stanley Cup, meaning a $10 wager would pay out a total of $520. As the club shot out of the blocks with a sizzling start, those odds shortened to 31.00 by November. Today, the Canucks have the eighth-best odds at 14.00, meaning a $10 wager today would pay out only $140.
After spending a majority of the season as underdogs, the Canucks have pulled ahead of the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings and are now the favourite to win the Pacific Division title (1.71). Other potentially big payouts for PlayNow bettors include Canucks captain Quinn Hughes to win the Norris Trophy for best defenceman (1.71), and head coach Rick Tocchet to win the Jack Adams Award for best NHL coach (2.15).
As B.C.’s only legal gambling website and the official sports betting partner of the Vancouver Canucks, PlayNow.com is the only site whose profits benefit British Columbians through investments in things like healthcare, education and community programs. Players can visit PlayNow.com to learn how to set time and money limits as well as the other online tools available to encourage healthy play. For further information, visit GameSense.com.
*Odds listed are correct at time of posting but are subject to change at any time.