Well, this ought to be great.
With only the semifinals standing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the way of the men’s ice hockey championship match, the Vegas odds are outside for the favorite to win gold. And favorite, as of Wednesday, is a nation that doesn’t exist: OAR.
So»OAR» clearly has real people from a true nation. However, its title — Olympic Athletes from Russia — was created in order to not provide credit for any of its Winter Olympics accomplishments to Russia in South Korea. (That has been the punishment handed down within an Russian ban from the International Olympic Committee in December, the result of a years-long investigation into an alleged state-backed doping plan, which enabled hundreds of Russian athletes to utilize performance-enhancing drugs.)
And yet here we are, with the gold-medal ice hockey closing just around the corner, and Bovada has OAR as the favorite to win it all with -150 odds (meaning you need to wager 3 units to win 2). Cue the embarrassing and inevitable podium demonstration, in which the organizers figure out the way to summit.
Bovada’s complete chances for men’s ice hockey are as follows:
Czech Republic: +700
The Czech Republic, that upset the United States in overtime will face OAR in the semifinals, while Germany will square off with Canada, that has won three of the previous four and two Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey.
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