Rising like the Luxor Sky Beam, in the Las Vegas desert, the popularity of the National Football League continues as the beacon of North American sports. Following four weeks of preseason betting (inadvisable), through the 17-week regular season, and then three weekends of thrill packed playoff action, Super Bowl betting lines become the focus of handicappers across the planet during the first week of February every year. So many options – on just one contest.
Super Bowl Betting
Despite the fact that there is only one game to bet on, the CSB recommended bookmakers listed below always put out a smorgasbord of betting choices on Super Bowl Sunday. From money lines, spread prices and game totals, to futures and proposition wagering options, the action is plentiful.
Super Bowl Money Line
As part of the fantastic betting feast, Super Bowl money line odds are always a staple item. Easy to understand, bettors just need to select the match winner to cash their ticket. There is a hook here though as a larger investment is required to bet on the favorite while underdog wagers cost much less. Odds from Super Bowl 50 provide us with a good example as a $100 wager on Denver (+175) returned $175 to bettors who backed the Broncos straight up. Carolina chalk fans, who paid $200 for a possible $100 return, trashed their SB 50 tickets when the Panthers (-200) turned into kittens. Super Bowl money line prices begin popping up after the final gun on NFL Championship Sunday.
Super Bowl Point Spread
Super Bowl point spread (ATS) prices tag the favorite with a deficit, before the game begins, while the underdog receives points. Though many factors determine the size of the pups pregame lead, the number is largely dependant on how good or bad the dogs are compared to the chalk squad. Point spreads come with juice (vigorish) that normally runs from five to twenty-five cents. Fans who backed Arizona, with the +7 (-110) Super Bowl XLIII ATS at Bodog, cashed winning tickets even though the Cardinals lost 27-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Once both Conference Champions are crowned – top rated bookmakers spring into action and our LIVE Super Bowl odds feed fires up.
Super Bowl Over Under
Rounding out the “big three” betting odds list, Super Bowl Over Under odds are a popular option during the NFL title match. Bettors decide whether the game score will be higher or lower than a number the bookmakers place on a match. During the first 50 Super Bowl contests, OVER bettors were rewarded 26 times while the UNDER backers cashed in on 24 contests. Game Total bets help keep blowouts interesting – as Super Bowl XXXIII illustrates. With Denver leading 34-13, Atlanta scored a TD late to push the 52.2 game total OVER by a half point. Being as the O/U lines remain relatively steady, bettors can wait for the mid-week injury reports before they place their wagers. That said, if a total is moving away from a preferred side – placing the bet is an advisable action.
Super Bowl Props
Originally labelled as a gimmick, Las Vegas bookmaking legends Art Manteris (Caesars) and Jimmy Vaccaro (MGM) lit the fuse on the explosion in popularity of Super Bowl props. Within an hour of each other they posted a prop line on whether Chicago Bears massive D-Lineman William Perry would score a TD during Super Bowl XX. Manteris is said to be first with 20:1 odds and Vaccaro followed with a juicier 40:1 price. Both books lost heavily on the prop but the free publicity was priceless – some gimmick eh? From the coin toss call and length of the National Anthem, to the coaches Gatorade shower at the final gun, exotic Super Bowl props number in the hundreds.
Super Bowl LIVE Odds Feed
Posted minutes after the second Conference Championship contest ends, bettors have a full two weeks to sift through hundreds of Super Bowl lines. Plus, they can use their Bodog bonus to bet on them. Get started at any of the sportsbooks listed above as their betting boards will be packed with money line, point spread, over/under and prop offers. Check back here anytime as our NFL Super Bowl LIVE odds feed updates in real time – all the way up to Super Bowl Sunday game time.