A beginners’ guide to Super Bowl betting

The Super Bowl is the signature event of the NFL season where the best two teams from the AFC Conference and the NFC Conference battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Over 100 million Americans watch the action as it happens over the course of Super Bowl Sunday, and many millions more tune in from around the globe.

The Super Bowl has witnessed some of the greatest feats in NFL history such as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ incredible 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to Santonio Holmes toe-tap touchdown for the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat the Arizona Cardinals.

It is one of the biggest sporting events of the calendar year, and it has grown to become more than a spectacle of pure entertainment. Betting on the Super Bowl is one of the most popular activities to do on the day of the event due to the vast amount of betting markets that are available, although outright betting is available throughout the season with the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers the current favorites at +350. We’ll now break down all you need to know about wagering on America’s signature sporting event.

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Outright Bets

The most popular bet you can make is an outright one on which team will win the Super Bowl. You only have two options to consider on the day, therefore, it is simply picking which side you think will come out on top using odds on the moneyline. The Super Bowl MVP is another popular outright bet, although the winner is more often than not the quarterback of the winning team.

There are also options for spread betting as the sportsbook assigns a value to each team based on who they believe will win the contest, presenting one team with a plus and the other a minus. If Team A is presented with a minus and a value of -3.5, that means they must win by four points or more for a bet on them to be successful. Team B will be presented with a value of +3.5, which means if they avoid defeat by four points or more, then a wager on them will be successful.

You can also consider over/under for the contest, which sees the bookmaker once again assign a value for a number of conditions in the game such as points, touchdowns, interceptions, sacks, receptions and yardage. All you have to do is pick whether the condition will be over or under the value before placing your stake.

Prop Bets

There are a great number of prop bets that can be made when betting on the Super Bowl such as who will score a touchdown. With the Super Bowl, there are so many other bets to consider around facets of the event rather than the game. Other wagers for consideration include the time it takes for the national anthem to be sung before the start of the game along with who will be performing alongside the headline act in the half-time show.

Come the end of the game you can wager on which players will be on the podium, with space for only a handful of key contributors. Will the commissioner be booed when he presents the trophy? Yes, you can bet on that too! There is no shortage of options to ponder with these weird and wonderful wagers, and it can certainly add to the enjoyment of the day if you’re successful.

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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