Prop bets associated with the Super Bowl have become one of the biggest sources of revenue for both online and offline sportsbooks. Football props have surged in popularity and are predicted to comprise up to 60% of legal Super Bowl betting action at some sportsbook destinations. So how much money is wagered on the Super Bowl every year. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $4.6 billion on Super Bowl 53. Of that amount, 97% is predicted to be wagered at offshore sportsbooks through online access and mobile apps. One of the commemorating elements of this milestone Super Bowl will be that US fans will place a record amount of bets on the game.
It is also expected that a significant portion of those bets will be prop bets. These bets have become increasingly popular among fans, and have captivated a large number of individuals who typically don’t even bet on sports. Props are considered fun and interesting and are available through the mobile applications of premium sportsbooks that accept US players. These sportsbooks are easily accessible from every state that allows Super Bowl betting. These proposition bets vary from sportsbook to sportsbook but are plentiful, to say the least. In fact, a popular brick and mortar sportsbook in the UK offered over 800 prop bets on the Super Bowl last year. To get a little insight into how you will bet, take a look at our Super Bowl LIII Preview.
Here are some examples of last years Super Bowl prop bets offered by premium US-friendly sportsbooks:
Will the Team that Chooses Heads or Tails in the Coin Toss be Correct?
Total Team Points – Philadelphia Eagles
Over 21 ½ (-130)o
Under 21 (EVEN)u
Total Team Points – Philadelphia Eagles – First Half
Over -1H +10 ½ (-125)
Under -1H +10 ½ (-105)
Total Team Points – New England Patriots
Over 27 (-135)o
Under 27 (+105)u
Total Team Points – New England Patriots – First Half
Over -1H +13 ½ (-140)
Under -1H +13 ½ (+110)
First Half Winning Margin
Eagles by 1-3 Points (+800)
Eagles by 4-6 Points (+1000)
Eagles by 7-9 Points (+1000)
Eagles by 10-12 Points (+1200)
Eagles by 13 or more Points (+850)
Patriots by 1-3 Points (+700)
Patriots by 4-6 Points (+800)
Patriots by 7-9 Points (+700)
Patriots by 10-12 Points (+750)
Patriots by 13 or more Points (+300)
Team to Score First in the Game
Philadelphia Eagles (+110)
New England Patriots (-140)
Will the Team that Scores First Win the Game?
Will Either Team Score 3 Unanswered Times in the Game?
Team to Record More First Downs
Philadelphia Eagles +3 (-115)
New England Patriots -3 (-115)
Odds to Win the Super Bowl MVP Award
Tom Brady (NE) -150
Rob Gronkowski (NE) +1000
Dion Lewis (NE) +1200
Nick Foles (PHI) +350
Jay Ajayi (PHI) +1600
Alshon Jeffery (PHI) +2500
Zach Ertz (PHI) +2000
Brandin Cooks (NE) +1600
Chris Hogan (NE) +2000
Danny Amendola (NE) +1400
Nelson Agholor (PHI) +3300
Torrey Smith (PHI) +3300
James White (NE) +2000
Rex Burkhead (NE) +2500
LeGarrette Blount (PHI) +3300
Successful 2pt Conversion (+260)
No Conversion/No Attempt (-320)
4th Down Conversion
Successful 4th Down Conversion (-220)
No Conversion/No Attempt (+180)
D/ST Score TD in Game
No Turnovers (+650)
Outcome of First Challenge
These are just a few of the available prop bets that were available for Super Bowl LII. When the 2018-2019 Super Bowl teams are announced we will update this information to reflect current prop-bets.
There are many more scoring props, including things like safeties, length of touchdown passes, sacks and much more. A lot of the prop bets appeal to casual fans of the sport. For example, you may not know much about either team, but betting on whether there will be a fumble is a safe bet to make for novices. On the other hand, knowledgeable bettors can take advantage of the many different props based on analysis and history of the teams this season.
Bizarre Prop Bets
In some cases, prop bets extend beyond the normal realm of football betting. There is a history of people betting on halftime performances, whether someone will run out onto the field during the game, how many times a person’s name is mentioned/referenced and more. We’ve compiled a list of some of the more strange prop bets in history below:
- How Many Times Will ‘Trump’ Be Said During the Broadcast?
- How Many Times Will “Gronk”or “Gronkowski” be Mentioned in the Broadcast?
- Will “Houston, we have a Problem” be Said on TV During Broadcast?
- How Many Times Will “Deflate” or “Deflategate” be Said on TV During Broadcast?
- What Color Gatorade Will be Poured Out on Winning Coach?
- What Will Luke Bryan be Wearing During Halftime Performance?
- How Many Times Will Robert Kraft be Shown on TV During Broadcast?
- Who Will the Super Bowl MVP Mention First in Speech?
Again, these are just a few examples of wagers placed in the past. For Super Bowl LIII, look out for bets regarding the halftime show. There will surely be numerous bets available on the artist and the performance.