Tomorrow will feature one of the biggest events of the 2014 Winter Olympics as USA takes on Canada in the hockey semifinals. And you can be sure that there’ll be some heavy betting action on the game, with some punters likely to risk tens of thousands of dollars.
President Barack Obama will be among those placing a wager on the game, except he won’t be betting money. Instead, Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper are set to bet a case of beer on the outcome. The wager arose during a leaders’ meeting in Mexico, where Obama told Harper, “For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over.”
It’s difficult to say who’ll win the Sochi showdown between Canada and the US. We at GTBets.eu have the US at -120 on the moneyline, and Canada at -110. There are marquee matchups all over the ice, with Canada boasting stars like Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews. The Americans feature studs Ryan Callahan, Phil Kessel and David Backes.
Obama will really be pulling for Team USA in this one because he already owes Harper a case of beer for the Sochi Women’s Hockey Final. They also wagered a case on the women’s game, with Canada topping the Americans by a score of 3-2.
This was an incredible game that looked like it was going the United States’ way the entire time. With under four minutes left to go in regulation, the US maintained a 2-0 lead and were on their way to ending Canada’s run of 19 straight Olympic victories. However, Brianne Jenner scored with 3:26 left in the third period to end the shutout while Marie-Philip Poulin sent the game into overtime with just 54.6 seconds left.
Poulin wasn’t quite finished yet because she also scored in overtime to send the Canadians to their fourth straight Olympic gold medal. This was no doubt a heartbreaking loss for the American women because they were trying to avenge their Finals loss to Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Games. Additionally, they dropped a 3-2 contest to the Great White North in the Sochi preliminaries, as part of a new format that placed the world’s two best female hockey teams in the same qualifying group.
When the sting of this loss wears off, the USA ladies can’t be overly disappointed with yet another strong Olympic showing. This is their second silver medal in a row, and they had the defending champions on the ropes and were less than a minute away from victory.