A Guide to the 2019 IIHF World Championship

Introduction to the Ice Hockey World Championship

2019 IIHF World ChampionshipThe Ice Hockey World Championship, which was founded by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), is an annual international men’s ice hockey tournament. It is the highest profiled tournament of its kind.

IIHF was founded in 1908, and is based out of Zurich, Switzerland. The federation maintains the IIHF world rankings, as well as administrating yearly ice hockey tournaments. While the European Championships were first held back in in 1910, it was during the 1920 Summer Olympics in which the first internationally recognized Ice Hockey World Championships took place. From that time up until the year 1968, the victor of the Olympic hockey tournament was considered that year’s World Champion in hockey.

Originally the tournament consisted of only amateur players. That is, until a ruling in 1977 allowing professional athletes to take part in the tournament was passed. Players are required to play for the country that they are citizens of, although they are granted the ability to switch national teams if they’ve participated in at least two consecutive hockey seasons and 16 consecutive months for that given country.

The current IIHF World Championship format consists of 16 teams divided into two groups of the preliminary round. The seeding is based off of IIHF world rankings. The eight winners of the preliminary round face off in the playoff medal round, where the victor is crowned World Champion.

2019 IIHF World Championship

It was announced in May of 2015 that Slovakia will host the 2019 IIHF World Championship. This is just the second time that the country will serve as an independent host. The tournament will take place from May 10 – 26, 2019, in two Slovakia cities’ arenas, Bratislava’s Ondrej Nepela Arena and Kosice’s Steel Arena.

14 of the 16 participating countries were automatically qualified for this year’s championships, due to placing within the top 14 of last year’s tournament. Italy and Great Britain, the final two participants, qualified through winning a promotion at the 2018 IIHF World Championships-Division I.

Below are the two, eight-country groups along with their IIHF world ranking.

Group A Rank Group B Rank
Canada 1 Sweden 2
United States 4 Russia 3
Finland 5 Czech Republic 6
Germany 8 Switzerland 7
Slovakia 10 Norway 9
Denmark 12 Latvia 11
France 13 Austria 17
Great Britain 22 Italy 19

IIHF World Championship Odds

IIHF World Championship Betting Odds for the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Winner provided by 888sport.

Country ODDS County ODDS
Canada 3.00 Denmark 46.00
Sweden 4.00 Germany 51.00
Russia 4.50 Latvia 61.00
Finland 7.50 Norway 61.00
Czech Republic 11.00 France 201.00
USA 11.00 Austria 601.00
Switzerland 21.00 Italy 1001.00
Slovakia 26.00 Great Britain 1501.00

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Betting Tips & Predictions

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2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Predictions

Who is the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Favorite?

  • Current IIHF World Championship Odds peg Canada (00) as your odds on favorite to be your future 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey world champions, with Sweden not far behind, holding 4.00 odds at victory.
  • This shouldn’t come as much surprise, as Sweden (2013, 2017,2018) and Canada (2015, 2016) have captured gold in five of the past six IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships.
  • Canada has received gold 26 times during its time participating in IIHF World Championship, just one fewer than Russia/Soviet Union for the most gold.

Who Will Play in 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Finals?

  • Canada v. Sweden  – These two countries are set up for collision come May 26th. Ranked number one and number two respectively in the IIHF World rankings, Canada and Sweden’s talent separates them from the rest of the pack. With history on their side, and placed in separate groups, it seems inevitable that these two will battle it out for IIHF World Championship
  • What Team is a Bust?
    • Finland – Finland comes in owning the fourth best odds in the 2019 IIHF World Championships, and has garnered some steam behind them in the betting world. Yet there is likely no chance of them garnering gold when the tournament is all said and done. Finland has never won a gold in the history of the IIHF World Championships, and captured silver just once. Holding the fourth best odds seems fitting, as this team is unlikely to place within the top three.

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Betting on the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship – How to Get Started

  1. Choose an Operator
    a. When betting on the IIHF World Championship, you want to make sure you are putting your money in the hands of a reliable and honorable operator. Selecting any of the aforementioned operators above will guarantee your safety, while also providing an effective and simplistic platform that is easy to maneuver. To place a bet through any operator you will need an account. Don’t have an account yet? No worries, simply create one by clicking on the table above, and start converting your bets into cash.
  2. Choose the Market
    a. Outright Markets – Outright Markets are when you place a bet on the winner of an entire league or competition instead of a single matchup. In terms of the IIHF World Championships, these bets can be placed before the tournament begins (May 10, 2019) and remain open through the completion of the Ice Hockey World Championship.

  b.  Prop Bets – Prop Bets or Proposition Bets are bets placed on an individual player or event. Prop Bets can be placed on anything from how many goals a specific player will score, to a simple yes/no proposition.

Example: Yes/No – Will Russia score a goal within the first minute of regulation?
         c. Other Markets  – Other betting markets such as over/under, point spread, outright winners, and more, will be available the closer we get to the start of the tournament.

        3. Do Your Research – Always be prepared. That’s the name of the game when it comes to the world of sports betting. You want to consume the most amount of knowledge possible on a given subject before placing a bet. The sports world is ever-changing. Lines, odds, and predictions are constantly on the move.
Make sure to constantly check the odds, markets, and bookmakers. Have a good understanding of what you are betting on. For instance, visiting sites with IIHF World Champion predictions and Ice Hockey tips will help further your knowledge on a specific IIHF World Championship betting lines or prop bets to elevate your chances at a more likely and lucrative payout.

        4. Popular Betting Markets

a. Outright Winner  – The winner of an entire competition rather than a single event. In this case you would place your bet for who you predict to win the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

b. Point Spread – The point spread is an amount set by oddsmakers to provide an advantage/disadvantage based on a margin of victory/defeat for a given team. The team pegged as the “favorite” (likely to win), will be given a negative point spread. This means they would have to win the game by the given points to earn you a payout. The “underdog” (projected to lose) is given a positive point spread. Meaning the team can lose a game, but as long as it is within the given positive point spread, they would still be considered victorious against the spread. Example:  Canada (-1.5) vs. USA (+1.5)

Canada enters the game as 1.5-point favorites, meaning they would have to win the game by 2 points or more to win the bet. USA, on the other hand, enters the game as a 1.5-point underdog. USA could either win the game outright or lose the game, but by no more than 1.5 points to win the bet.

Example: Canada defeats USA 2-1. Canada wins the game, but USA wins the bet by “covering the spread”, as it did not lose by more than 1.5 points.

      c. Total (Over/Under)
The total is a marker set by oddsmakers to determine the combination of points scored by both teams. You can place your bet on whether you believe the total will be over or under the set total.  Example: Canada vs. USA (Over/Under 4 points) | Canada wins 2-1, giving a total of just 3 points scored between the two teams. Since 3 is less than 4, the game went UNDER.

Outright Betting Markets

Here is a compilation of the outright betting markets that are currently available and ready for you to place your bets on NOW! More will be available the closer we get to the tournament.

  • Early IIHF World Championship 2019

2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Schedule

  • The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship starts on May 10th, and spans 16 days, commencing on May 26th.
  • The IIHF passed a rule in 1970 allowing professional athletes to participate in the Ice Hockey World Championships. Yet due to the timing of the tournament, most of the best hockey players are either partaking in the NHL playoffs, or rehabbing from a grueling season.
  • The Preliminary rounds kick off on May 10th, and run through May 21st. This round will consist of between four and six games per day. Group A teams face off with fellow Group A teams, while Group B follows the same blueprint. The schedule can be seen below
Date Group A Group B
May 10, 2019 Finland vs. Canada Russia vs. Norway
  USA vs. Slovakia Czech Republic vs. Sweden
May 11, 2019 Denmark vs. France Switzerland vs. Italy
  Germany vs. Great Britain Latvia vs. Austria
  Slovakia vs. Finland Norway vs. Czech Republic
May 12, 2019 USA vs. France Russia vs. Austria
  Denmark vs. Germany Italy vs. Sweden
  Great Britain vs. Canada Latvia vs. Switzerland
May 13, 2019 USA vs. Finland Russia vs. Czech Republic
  Slovakia vs. Canada Norway vs. Sweden
May 14, 2019 Great Britain vs. Denmark Italy vs. Latvia
  Germany vs. France Switzerland vs. Austria
May 15, 2019 USA vs. Great Britain Switzerland vs. Norway
  Germany vs. Slovakia Russia vs. Italy
May 16, 2019 Canada vs. France Sweden vs. Austria
  Finland vs. Denmark Czech Republic vs. Latvia
May 17, 2019 France vs. Slovakia Austria vs. Norway
  Finland vs. Great Britain Czech Republic vs. Italy
May 18, 2019 Denmark vs. USA Latvia vs. Russia
  Canada vs. Germany Italy vs. Norway
  Great Britain vs. Slovakia Sweden vs. Switzerland
May 19, 2019 Germany vs. USA Austria vs. Czech Republic
  France vs. Finland Switzerland vs. Russia
May 20, 2019 France vs. Great Britain Sweden vs. Latvia
  Canada vs. Denmark Austria vs. Italy
May 21, 2019 Finland vs. Germany Czech Republic vs. Switzerland
  Slovakia vs. Denmark Norway vs. Latvia
  Canada vs. USA Sweden vs. Russia
  • At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the top eight teams based on points will advance to the first round of the playoffs, better known as the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will consist of four games, all taking place on the day of May 23rd.
  • The top seeded country from each group will face off with the lowest seeded country from the opposite group (Ex: Group A/Seed 1 vs. Group B/Seed 4). While seeds two and three will face off with each other, following the same format.
  • The four winners of the quarterfinals round advance to the semifinals, which takes place on May 25th. Two games will take place that day, between the highest seeded team from one group vs. the lowest seed team from the opposite group.
  • It all concludes on May 26th, when the two final teams, one from group A, and one from group B, meet up to determine the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Champion.

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