It is that time of the year. We are just a couple of days away from the Super Bowl. It is the one day that even the most conservative people do not mind putting a few dollars on a side and cheer for a team. For many though, it is the last time to bet on their favorite sport for six or seven months. It is one massive binge like Mardi Gras. Bet all that you can, because there will be no football betting again until August. That is why the sportsbooks have come up with crazy, silly bets. If you are going to end the NFL season with a gambling binge, you might as well find the craziest bets out there.
A bet with a + means that the bet is an underdog. For every $10 that you wager, you will win 10% of that number. If a bet is +150 and you bet $10, you will win $15 plus your original $10 investment. If the bet shows a -, the bet is a favorite. You must lay 10% of that number to win $10. If a bet is -150, you will have to lay $15 for every $10 that you would like to win. If you win, you also get your wager back. The numbers are actually based on $100 wagers so $100 on a +150 bet would win $150, a -150 would require a $150 lay to win $100. If a bet says EV, it is an even money bet.
5Dimes offers quite a few interesting prop bets on the Super Bowl. The coin toss bets are all just -101. These bets include which team wins the coin toss, whether the player that calls the coin toss calls it right, and whether it is heads or tails. There is also a -105 bet on whether the team that wins the coin toss wins the Super Bowl. There are also several musical bets:
Will Kelly Clarkson’s National Anthem be longer than 94 seconds?
- Yes -125
- No -115
Will Kelly Clarkson omit/forget any part of the National Anthem (includes any unplanned pause)?
- Yes +490
- No -870
At the end of the National Anthem, how many military style aircraft will fly over?
- 5 or more +300
- 4 or less -420
What color will Madonna’s hair be at halftime?
- More than half blond -675
- Half or less blond +425
Will Madonna wear visible fishnet stockings at any point during the halftime show?
- Yes -125
- No -115
What audio equipment will Madonna use?
- Headset or clip on mic -280
- Handheld or stand up mic +200
NBC Production Prop Bets
I always love the announcer prop bets. When Al Michaels in announcing, anything can happen. He is never shy about hinting at sports betting and I am sure this Super Bowl will be no different. While he is not in charge of any cameras, I am sure he knows people are betting on the production. What are punters hoping for NBC to do?
Who will be shown first on TV, Archie or Peyton Manning? (If both are shown at same time, the first name mentioned wins)
- Archie +250
- Peyton -350
Will Al Michaels say “Miracle” during 1st quarter?
- Yes +425
- No -675
Will Al Michaels or Chris Collinsworth say “Tebow” between the kickoff and end of first quarter?
- Yes +170
- No -230
The Tebow line has moved. When I wrote about this earlier in the week the “No” was -170. A lot of money is pouring in on the “No”. I like the value of +170 on yes. I have a feeling the embarrassing game he played at New England will come up. Hopefully this will be the last time we hear about Tebow. If Tebow wins more than five games next year, I will be shocked.
Will Gisele Bundchen be shown during the Super Bowl?
- Yes -270
- No +190
I had to Google who she even was. She is Tom Brady’s wife. I would assume that she gets shown at some point, especially if the game is close towards the end of the game.
How many times will Robert Kraft be shown during the Super Bowl?
- More than 3.5 +105
- Less than 3.5 -145
Robert Kraft owns the Patriots. Unless this is a close game, the under is going to win here.
How many times will Peyton Manning be shown during the Super Bowl?
- Over 3.5 +110
- Under 3.5 -150
If you are into these kind of prop bets, I think there is a lot of value in the over here. That is especially true is this game is close.
Who will be shown more?
- Robert Kraft -105
- Peyton Manning -135
Peyton Manning is a near lock here. I have a feeling that he will be talked about non stop during this game. They are playing it in his stadium after all.
Will there be a Gatorade dunking before the final whistle blows?
- Yes -210
- No +160
Who will Obama pick to win the Super Bowl?
- Giants EV
- Patriots -140
Thew only reason I can think of why the Patriots are favored is because of Biden’s error in San Francisco where he predicted the Giants would win. Biden confused the San Francisco baseball team with the football team. I think there is good value in the Giants here. I think the president plays politician here and takes the bigger city with more votes during the election year.
Will the Dow Jones close up the Monday after the Super Bowl?
- Yes -140
- No EV
I am not sure who would take either side of this bet. I am sure there is a better angle on index futures or options.
I am only including BetOnline because they have some interesting bets. Make sure to do your own research before playing anywhere. In addition to the bets below, BetOnline has several juice free coin toss bets.
How many plays from the Super Bowl will rank higher than this Blake Griffin dunk on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the Week?
- Over 2.5 +135
- Under 2.5 -160
Why will the first missed field goal of the game be “no good”?
- Wide right +145
- Wide left +150
- Short +300
- No missed field goals in Super Bowl +150
Like other prop bets, the house advantage on this bet is close to 25%. If I had to bet, I go for the no missed field goal bet.
How much money will be wagered on the Super Bowl at registered sports books in Nevada?
- Over $94,500,000
- Under $94,500,000
Yes, you can even bet on how much money other people are betting on the Super Bowl. I like the over.
Politically Incorrect Wagers
What will be the race of the player to score the first touchdown?
- Black -155
- White +170
- Hispanic +400
What will be the race of the Super Bowl MVP winner?
- White -225
- Black +150
- Hispanic +1000
This is a first. I have never seen a racial wager on the Super Bowl.
How many tweets will come from the Twitter account @DarrenRovell between 12:01am and 11:59pm on Super Bowl Sunday?
- Over 149.5 EV
- Under 149.5 -130
This is the first time I have ever seen a social media bet as well. At least this is a bit more politically correct.
What color will the Gatorade dunking be? If there is no dunking, the bet is a push.
- Clear/Water +150
- Orange +250
- Yellow +250
- Red +650
- Green +750
- Blue +1000
Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first?
- Teammates -125
- God +400
- Team Owner +500
- Family +750
- Coach +1200
- Does not thank anyone +250
Super Bowl Ratings Prop Bets
How many average viewers will the Super Bowl have?
- Over 117 Million -140
- Under 117 million EV
What will the rating be for the Super Bowl?
- Over 47.5 -110
- Under 47.5 -130
How many viewers will stream the Super Bowl online?
- Over 1.5 million -120
- Under 1.5 million -120
I like all of the overs on the ratings. This is easily going to be the most bet on game in the history of the NFL. I think there will be so many people watching this game, both on TV and online, that it will blowout all ratings records.
There are some of the craziest Super Bowl bets out there. I will probably only bet a couple of these props. I am going for the Giants because after week 16 I bet that the field would win the Super Bowl. The field was every team except for the Packers and Patriots.
My Super Bowl Prediction: Giants 31, Patriots 20
I have won my Super Bowl team bet every year since 2004 except for last year. Good luck with all of your Super Bowl bets, unless you are going for the Patriots or want Robert Kraft to be shown more than Peyton Manning.
This post is for informational and entertainment purposes. It is just to show just how absurd some Super Bowl wagering is. Yes, people actually bet on all of these silly Super Bowl wagers. Most Super Bowl prop bets have massive house advantages compared to straight bets. It is best to avoid all of them unless you feel that you have some sort of angle or just want to have something crazy to cheer for.