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Bet The World Hockey Championships at Pinnaclesports.com

26 Apr 2005

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Although the NHL labor dispute cancelled the season, hockey fans will still enjoy championship caliber hockey this spring with the World Hockey Championships beginning this weekend in Austria. With a number of the NHL's stars playing for their home countries, the competition should be as fierce as any NHL playoff game. Knowing that this may be the only chance for many fans to see their favorite NHL stars play until next season, PinnacleSports.com today announced odds on which country would win the 2005 Men's World Hockey Championship title.

The Internet's largest sports betting site, PinnacleSports.com has calculated odds on seven individual countries capturing the World Hockey Championship. Winners of last year's World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada has been installed as the early favorite to win the tournament at 3/1 odds (i.e., win $3 for every $1 bet). The Czech Republic with a team composed of 26 NHL players led by New York Ranger Jaromir Jagr, has the second best odds to win the tournament with odds of 18/5. According to

PinnacleSports.com, Russia (11/2), Sweden (13/2), and Slovakia (13/2) could also figure into the championship mix. Last year's World Cup runner-up, Team Finland is listed by PinnacleSports.com as a long shot to make a title run in Austria at 8/1 while Team USA has the longest odds of the seven serious championship contenders at 9/1. Bettors can wager on any other team winning the World Hockey Championships at 40/1 odds. In addition to offering odds on which country will capture the title, PinnacleSports.com will be offering lines on every game during the 2005 World Hockey Championships.

"While certainly no substitute for the NHL playoffs, the World Hockey Championships gives fans everywhere the opportunity to watch the world's best players compete against each other for the first time since September's World Cup," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "Team Canada steamrolled over the other participants on their way to their World Cup triumph and are poised to skate their way to this tournament championship as well. The Czechs have amassed a bevy of professional players for their team, but it remains to be seen how they'll mesh on the ice. After defeating Canada to take the men's under-18 title, Team USA is looking for a clean sweep of the World Championships, but the odds are not in their favor."

CURRENT ODDS: *All Odds Subject To Change*

Odds To Win 2005 Men's World Hockey Championships Canada 3/1

Czech Republic 18/5

Russia 11/2

Sweden 13/2

Slovakia 13/2

Finland 8/1

USA 9/1

Any Other Team 40/1

About PinnacleSports.com

PinnacleSports.com is the Internet's largest sports betting site serving customers in more than 80 countries worldwide. Founded in 1998, PinnacleSports.com was the first sports book to introduce reduced margin wagering using a -105 pricing model that gives bettors up to 50% better value on wagers than traditional bookmakers. With low minimum bet requirements and the highest maximum limits on the Web,

PinnacleSports.com has earned an industry leading reputation for providing consistent value to the player, professional customer service and the quickest payouts online. Fully licensed and regulated in Curacao and the United Kingdom, the company offers a secure environment for sports betting, racing and casino gaming.

 
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