How to bet on the Super Bowl: ways to be smart about it

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This guide outlines how to bet on the Super Bowl, detailing methods that allow you to place your bet in a smart way.

The Super Bowl is one of the world’s great sporting events. The game has been the climax of the National Football League every year since 1966. Serious football fans are already preparing for the next big game, officially numbered Super Bowl LVI, which will be held on February 13 2022. The arrangements are already gearing up. Half-time acts announced so far include Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar.

How to bet on the Super Bowl: overview

The Super Bowl Sunday is obviously a major sports event and global musical showcase… and it is also a huge chance for gamblers to add to the excitement of the day, Super Bowl betting odds are shifting from week to week, but at the moment, the Buccaneers are the favorites due to their impressive recent form.

For betting beginners, the Super Bowl is a great way to start betting on football. There’s a huge range of types of bets available, from making serious sporting predictions to simply having a bit of fun to enhance the day.

Firstly here are some of the basic details of the next Super Bowl. The 2022 Super Bowl will be the 56th and takes place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. You’ll be able to watch it on TV because it will be televised live across the US by NBC.

How to bet on the Super Bowl: types of bet

Now what about adding to the fun of the day by making some bets on the outcome? Here is our expert guide to some of the best types of Super Bowl bets you can make:

  • Moneyline Betting

A simple Moneyline gamble is the easiest Super Bowl bet. You simply bet on who you think will win the game. It couldn’t be easier. Obviously there will be different odds for the two teams. You may pick the favourite – and will get lower returns on your winnings if they do indeed triumph. Or you may pick the outsider – and if they win you’ll pocket a bigger percentage payback.

  • Against the Spread

The most popular type of Super Bowl bet is Against the Spread or ATS. This is more complicated to explain. It depends on who is the favourite and how much they win by.

The two teams are rated by the sportsbooks and given a handicap. The favourite may be allocated a rating of -3 for example. If you bet on them you’ll win – only if their margin of victory is more than 3 points.

Betters are essentially gambling on the margin of victory and the handicap points rating given to the two teams. The sportsbook will shift the spread and ratings during the build up to the game between the two teams – to maximise their takings of course.

  • Total Points

You don’t know who will win or lose – but you want to bet on the total number of points scored in the game? Will the attacks or the defences dominate? The totals market depends on a marker set by the sportsbooks. You are betting on whether the points scored will be over or under that mark.

It’s the same as ATS betting – the sportsbooks will shift the total points marker at various times before the game. This will usually depend on where people are placing their money. They want to minimise their chances of having big payouts.

  • Everything else

Some gamblers are determined to have fun on the big day – and don’t need to focus on the outcome of the game at all. They can concentrate instead on a long list of ‘prop bets’. These can cover a vast catalogue of obscure events around the event ­and can include anything that the sportsbooks can think of to attract casual betters.

So they may offer odds on which team will win the coin toss before the game or which player will get the first touchdown. Who will have the most receiving yards or who will throw the most yards?

There could be some very attractive odds for some of these bets. Picking an individual to score the first touchdown for example could bring a payout of many times your original stake because it could be any of the players, although in any game, some are much more likely than others.

Those individual player bets are fairly sensible and sporting however compared with some of the more extreme betting options now available.

These could be odds offered on the number of mentions that a former player gets during the commentary or what will be the opening song performed at half time.

In fact the number of songs that will be played during the half time entertainment is a popular prop bet. These are given an over/under marker set by sportsbooks. This could be set at eight for example. If only seven songs are performed then those who bet ‘under’ will win, while nice songs will benefit all those who bet ‘over’.

Other options may be will a player’s wife sitting in the stands be shown during the TV coverage – and how many times do the cameras shift over to her?

Some types of bet reach extraordinary levels. There have even be odds given for the color of the Gatorade poured over the head of the winning coach after the game. Orange is usually the clear favourite. Also read how to understand and read your football playbook.

Super Bowl trivia

The Super Bowl is the game that defines the champion of the NFL , the US professional football league. This game, played since 1967, brings together the champions of two NFL conferences: the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC) . The winner of this duel receives the Vince Lombardi trophy , named after the former coach.

In addition to having great sporting importance, the Super Bowl has a very relevant weight for the culture and economy of the United States. With each edition, more than 100 million people watch the NFL final , which represents the highest-rated event on American television.

Consequently, television commercials are the most expensive in the United States. In 2019, the cost of the 30-second ad during the Super Bowl was sold by CBS for between $5.1 million and $5.3 million.

Which team is the biggest winner in history?

Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots share the post of greatest winners in Super Bowl history, with 6 titles each. To reach the status of the most winning franchise in NFL history, the Steelers were Super Bowl winners four times in the 1970s and twice more in the first decade of the 21st century (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008).

The New England Patriots, on the other hand, equaled the Pittsburgh Steelers with the Super Bowl LIII title, in 2019. All of the six-time titles were conquered with Tom Brady as quarterback, in a sequence initiated in the XXXVI edition.

Right behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patrios are two franchises: the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys . Both teams have won the Super Bowl five times, one more than the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants. In all of history, 20 franchises have been Super Bowl champions.

Greatest Champions in Super Bowl History

  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 6 titles (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, 2009)
  • New England Patriots – 6 titles (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • San Francisco 49ers – 5 titles (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995)
  • Dallas Cowboys – 5 titles (1972, 1978, 1993, 1994 and 1996)
  • Green Bay Packers – 4 titles (1967, 1968, 1996 and 2010)
  • New York Giants – 4 titles (1987, 1991, 2008 and 2012)
  • Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders – 3 titles (1977, 1981, 1984)
  • Washington Redskins – 3 titles(1983, 1988, 1992)
  • Denver Broncos – 3 titles (1998, 1999 and 2016)
  • Miami Dolphins – 2 titles (1973, 1974)
  • Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts – 2 titles (1971, 2007)
  • Baltimore Ravens – 2 titles (2001 and 2013)
  • Kansas City Chiefs – 2 titles (1970 and 2020)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2 titles (2003 and 2021)
  • New York Jets – 1 title (1969)
  • Chicago Bears – 1 titles (1986)
  • Los Angeles/Saint Louis Rams – 1 titles (2000)
  • New Orleans Saints – 1 titles (2010)
  • Seattle Seahawks – 1 titles (2014)
  • Philadelphia Eagles – 1 titles (2018)