‘Easy As 1-2-3’ bet is available only on sportsbooks that go heavy on hockey betting. They all got their definition of this bet, but the most common is that for this wager to win, there need to be 1, 2, or 3 goals scored in each period.

It really is easy to figure out this bet, but how easy is it to win?

Is There Value in This Bet?

You may think this bet always wins, but that’s not true. The fact is that there are a lot of NHL games with at least one period with zero goals. There are also some in which one period sees four or more goals.

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We’re not saying this without proof. Let’s use the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals as an example. There were six games in the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche series, and only three had 1, 2, or 3 goals in each period.

That said, the 1-2-3 hockey bet wins around 50% of the time. That’s great news because this wager usually comes with excellent odds. Of course, it all depends on the sportsbook, but they’re generally somewhere in the ballpark of -110.

Similar Hockey Bets You Might Like

The ‘Easy As 1-2-3’ is a subcategory of hockey bets focused on the periods in the game. With this bet, you’re betting that the total number of goals in each period will be between one and three.

There are some online sportsbooks where it’s possible to bet on over/under 1.5 goals in each period. So, if you bet “over,” your bet will win if each period sees two or more goals. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to the 1-3 range.

Then, there’s a bet for which you must guess the exact number of goals per period. There’s also one that requires you to guess which of the three periods will see the most goals.

Another attractive bet is the “period goals odd/even bet” – your goal is to predict whether the goals total in one period will be an odd or an even number.

‘Easy as 1-2-3’ Bet in Other Sports

This wager type has gotten into the spotlight relatively after American sportsbooks started offering it for hockey games. However, before that, it was commonly used by horse racing bettors.

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In this case, the 1-2-3 bet refers to the scenario in which your selection needs to finish in the top 3. If it’s there, you will win! It doesn’t matter which of the first three positions your horse ends up in.

How much you’ll win is something that depends on your bookie. There are some sportsbooks where the payout is the same regardless of the position in the top 3. In others, however, the rule is the following – the higher the placement, the more money you’ll receive.

Apart from being used in horse racing betting, this wager is also suitable for greyhound racing, motorsports, cycling, etc.