Super Bowl Prop Betting
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The Super Bowl is one of—if not the—most bet-on sporting event in the world, and the sport’s popularity amongst bettors doesn’t just come from betting on which team’s going to win and by how many points. The Super Bowl rakes in all lot of that cash by capitalizing on the very lucrative opportunity presented by prop betting.
What are Super Bowl Prop Bets?
For the uninitiated, “prop bets” are wagers that have nothing to do with who wins or loses the game. Instead, they focus on smaller outcomes within a game: a player’s performance, the score in a given quarter, or even how long the first song of the half-time show will go on. Just about anything can be made in to a prop bet, and we mean anything. More on that later.
The Super Bowl has become almost synonymous with prop bets, because the tradition of prop betting on the biggest football game of the year fills the event with extra tidbits and excitements.
Not only do they bring a lot of entertainment even for more casual fans, but they can also bring in some big money if smart bettors identify value amid the hundreds of potential bets.
Super Bowl Player and Team Prop Bets
Prop bets are categorized into three major groups: player props, team props and game props.
As their names suggest, player and team props are concerned with a specific player or team and whether he or they will hit the condition of the bet at any point during the game. That condition could be anything from the amount of yards they have in the game to whether they score a touchdown.
An example of a player prop would be like if Peyton Manning will pass for over or under 300 yards in the game. Meanwhile, a sample of a team prop would be if the Seattle Seahawks score a defensive touchdown in a game.
Game props aren’t necessarily limited to one team or player. They can cover just about anything that happens throughout the duration of the game, from the opening coin toss all the way to the margin of victory.
In 2014, sportsbooks featured a “How Will the First Points will be Scored?” prop on the Super Bowl between the Broncos and Seahawks. A score via safety had huge odds of +4,000. Lo and behold, the very first snap balloons over Manning’s head and into the end zone for a safety.
With such long odds, even a small bet on that prop would’ve returned a huge amount, which is one of the potential benefits of prop betting.
Another thing that makes Super Bowl prop betting so great is the special prop lines you’ll see especially for the Super Bowl. When else can you place a bet on how many times Manning will say the word “Omaha” during a game?
And yes, that was a real bet last year – the under was a -120 favorite.
Other classic, recurring Super Bowl props are the coin toss, the length of time the national anthem is sung, and the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped on the winning coach in the traditional celebratory bath.
All-around sports fans that want to bet on two different sports simultaneously are also covered with the Super Bowl cross-sports matchup props. Pair a Super Bowl prop with the NBA, MLB, NHL or even European soccer for just one day out of the year. One of last season’s offerings was whether Peyton Manning would finish with more completions than Carmelo Anthony had points in the latter’s game after the Super Bowl.
The wide and wonderful world of Super Bowl props has something for everyone, from the casual observer to the hardcore pro. Once the big game rolls around, try your hand at prop betting and see how fun it can be.