With the explosion of legal sports betting across the United States, it’s impossible to be in the world and not be exposed to pundants, point spreads, and the proliferation of NFL odds. Even if you’re not a sports bettor, you see them while Betting On The Super Bowl.
And even if you’re not a regular sports bettor, putting money down on the biggest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, has its appeal.
You’re going to a Super Bowl party. You’re going to watch the game, and if you don’t have a rooting interest in the game, a little money down will make things more interesting. And why not add your money to the estimated $4.5 billion that will be wagered on Super Bowl Sunday.
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NFL Betting Basics
When betting on an NFL game there are two standard bets that you make when wagering on a team.
The most popular bet is a point spread bet. Instead of betting on the winner of the game, you bet on which team you think will cover the posted spread. For example, if the home team is favored by 6.5 points, then a bet on them pays out if they win by seven points. If you bet on the visiting team, and they lose by six points or less, that is a winning wager.
The other type of team bet in the NFL is called a moneyline bet. In this bet you are picking an outright winner of the game, and playing odds instead of a point spread. A favorite might pay at -150, which means that in order to win $10 you need to wager $15. If the underdog pays +150, it’s the reverse. You will win $15 by placing a $10 bet.
Super Bowl Betting Basics
The majority of the bets placed on the Super Bowl are the above two types of team bets. The AFC Champion and the NFC Champion will have moneyline odds assigned to each team, and there will be a point spread.
The nice thing about betting on the Super Bowl is that by the time those two teams kick off there have been 284 other NFL games that season. When the 285th game kicks off there is an entire season of results for you to base your wagers on.
How does weather change a certain team’s offense? Who performs best against top competition? Which team wins close games, and which teams wins more blowouts?
And of course there is no shortage of “experts” on television telling you exactly how to bet during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. So if you are new to NFL betting, the Super Bowl is a perfect place to get your start.
If you are a regular NFL bettor, then putting a little money down on the Super Bowl is a no-brainer.
Unique Super Bowl Betting
You can place a bet on the outcome of any of the hundreds of NFL and college football games every year. But since this is the Super Bowl, you also need to take advantage of some of the many proposition bets that are unique to this one Sunday.
Some of these bets are serious ways to make money, like player and team props. These are bets on team and player passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns, turnovers, and any other statistic that is kept throughout the game. You can also place wagers on the first player to score, and the first type of score the game will see.
However, many of the proposition bets that can be wagered on Super Bowl Sunday are fun props. These include the length of the National Anthem, which team wins the coin toss, wagers involving the halftime performer, and even bets on the color of the Gatorade that is dumped on the winning head coach.
There are also a number of post-game props that you can place wagers on, like which player will win the MVP award, and which player is going to say, “I’m going to Disneyworld!”
From breakdowns inside the game, like first quarter and halftime scores, to how individual players perform, there are dozens and dozens of ways to enhance your Super Bowl party by placing a handful of fun bets that can also win you money.