- New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Sunday, Feb. 3
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
- 6:30pm EST
It’s almost that time. Super Bowl LIII sees New England Patriots lock horns with Los Angeles Rams, in what is effectively a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI in 2001. Back then, Tom Brady was far from the star of the show, and the Patriots had yet to find the magic that would make them into one of the most impressive dynasties in the history of the NFL.
It is not just in football where things have changed. Betting fans across America will also have an entirely new playing field, given that the opportunities to bet on who will be crowned champions are a lot easier. Given that sports betting has been legalized in many parts of America (other than Nevada), for the very first time, millions of Americans can legally bet on the Super Bowl. Things are… not the same.
Those in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Mississippi can rejoice in the fact that they have a wider range of betting possibilities. While many parts of America look on with envy, let’s break down some of those opportunities when betting on the greatest game in sports.
How Do I Bet on the Super Bowl?
In order to place those bets, you must first find yourself a bookie. Well, that is unless you already have one. Even then, you want to find the best bookmakers you can find in order to get the best out of your betting experience.
It is important to find the right bookie when betting on the biggest game of the year. Aside from finding a sportsbook that provides a number of favorable odds, bets, and markets, you must also ensure that the bookie you are playing with is safe and secure. Finding a bookie with the right payment methods, and swift payout times, will certainly help you get the most out of your betting experience.
Types of Super Bowl Bets
Even if you are an absolute novice when it comes to betting on football, you will not find it hard to get your Super Bowl bets in order. While betting on the game will be as easy as it comes if you have some experience in betting on your favorite teams, football betting is very simple. For the most part, the common bets on the Super Bowl come down to moneyline bets and point spread bets.
The simplest way to bet on the Super Bowl is to ‘take the moneyline. ‘ In other words, you are simply betting on one team to win the game. There are no other conditions or parameters involved: if your team wins the game, you win. It’s that easy. Now, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the odds you can get on the moneyline for the big game.
New England Patriots -150
Los Angeles Rams +125
Odds via MyBookie correct as of January 28, 2019.
As you can see from the odds above, the Patriots are -150, which means that they are favored to win the game. The Rams are +125, which makes them underdogs. A bet on either team to win will lead to different returns, given that the Patriots are considered as the stronger team.
- A $100 bet on the Patriots will return $166.67 ($100 stake and $66.67 winnings).
- A $100 bet on the Rams will return $225 ($100 stake and $125 winnings).
Simple, right? If you are struggling to do the math, you can always use an odds calculator to work out your potential winnings, or use one of the bookmakers above to work your possible winnings out prior to placing your bets.
Point Spread Bets
For many seasoned betting enthusiasts, point spread betting is the only way. There are also many novice bettors that jump straight to point spread bets, given that the odds are better. For many bookmakers, the aim of the game is to even the playing field as much as possible. By handicapping teams, or choosing the favorites with a points deficit or the underdogs with a points advantage, you can avail of odds that are close enough to even money.
New England Patriots (-2.5) -120
Los Angeles Rams (+2.5) +100
Odds via MyBookie correct as of January 28, 2019.
The odds above are based on the Patriots (-120) starting with a -2.5 disadvantage while the Rams (+100) start with a +2.5 advantage. This means that, if you choose the Patriots, you will need them to win by 3 points to cover the spread. If they fail to win – or win by less than 3 points – you will lose your bet. With the Rams, if they win by any score – or lose by less than 2 points – you win your bet.
Potential winnings can be worked out just as they would be with the moneyline bet. Simply take the odds, apply your stake, and calculate from there.
- A $100 bet on the Patriots at -120 with a -2.5 disadvantage returns 183.33 ($100 stake and 83.33 winnings).
- A $100 bet on the Rams at +100 with a -2.5 advantage returns 200 ($100 stake and $100 winnings).
Is There More?
You bet there is. The Super Bowl is one of the most important dates on the sporting calendar, and bookmakers provide numerous bets in order to attract punters. From totals (over/under bets) to props, you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for when you want to try your hand at making some money.
An example of some prop bets are as follows:
There are so many bets you can place, and they are not restricted to the list above. In fact, MyBookie has provided numerous markets for bets other than moneyline and the point spread.
Let’s take a look at a few of these odds:
- Tom Brady -120
- Jared Goff +240
- Todd Gurley +1000
- Sony Michel +1200
- CJ Anderson +2500
- Aaron Donald +1500
- James White +2200
- Julian Edelman +2500
- Brandin Cooks +4000
- Robert Woods +4000
- Rob Gronkowski +3500
- Stephen Gostkowski +6000
- Dante Fowler Jr +10000
- Greg Zuerlein +8500
- Rex Burkhead +8500
- Aqib Talib +10000
- Chris Hogan +10000
- Cory Littleton +10000
- Josh Reynolds +10000
- Trey Flowers +10000
- Ndamukong Suh +12500
- Cordarelle Patterson +15000
- Donta Hightower +15000
- Gerald Everett +20000
- John Johnson +200007
Player to Score First Rams Touchdown
- Todd Gurley (LAR) +225
- Robert Woods (LAR) +300
- Brandin Cooks (LAR) +300
- CJ Anderson (LAR) +300
- Josh Reynolds (LAR) +900
- Gerald Everett (LAR) +1200
- Rams Defense Or Special Team (LAR) +1400
- Tyler Higbee (LAR) +1400
- Jared Goff (LAR) Rush Td +2000
- Khadarel Hodge (LAR) +2000
- No Touchdown +2500
Player to Score First Patriots Touchdown
- Sony Michel (NE) +200
- Julian Edelman (NE) +300
- James White (NE) +400
- Rob Gronkowski (NE) +400
- Rex Burkhead (NE) +700
- Chris Hogan (NE) +900
- Philip Dorsett (NE) +1000
- Cordarrelle Patterson (NE) +1600
- James Develin (NE) +2000
- Tom Brady (NE) Rushing Td +3000
- Patriots Defense Or Special Team (NE) +2000
- No Td +2500
First Touchdown Scorer by Jersey Number
- 1 – 13 +200
- 14 – 20 +350
- 21 – 30 +300
- 31 – 79 +1000
- 80 – 99 +300
All of the odds above come courtesy of MyBookie.ag and are accurate as of January 28, 2019. There are plenty more bets to view over at MyBookie or any of the recommended sites at the top of this page.
Super Bowl 53 Betting Tips and Strategy
For those who may not be 100% confident in placing their bets, why not check out these tips below. If anything, a betting strategy can help you find a little structure that might go a long way to helping you win some cash. While it would be the icing on the cake to see your team go all the way while making some money at the same time, even neutrals can have a big smile on their faces at the end of the game if they place the right bets.
Are You Betting on the Game or the Event?
Regardless of if you choose to bet on the game itself, or choose one of the numerous Super Bowl prop bets available, you should still know your limits. Set a bankroll for yourself and stick to it. A disciplined bettor is one that knows when to stop and, win or lose, can still enjoy the occasion without having to sell their pets and prized baseball card collection just to buy groceries until payday.
Alternatively, if you believe that Maroon 5 and Outkast’s Big Boi will slam into a rendition of “Miss Jackson,” you might want to see what the odds are first. Maybe you want to bet on something similar, that carries greater odds, so will be looking through prop bets with great interest. If this is your forte, then betting thousands of dollars on something that has little chance of happening might not make great sense.
Big Occasion, Bigger Bankroll?
You may be tempted to say, “hey, it’s the Super Bowl, let’s go crazy.” By all means, enjoy yourself, but don’t lose focus and discipline. Everyone is at risk of getting caught up in the celebrations, but losing $1000 on the Super Bowl is not going to feel any different to losing the same amount of cash on a regular season game. Your bankroll should be comprised of money you can afford to lose, and you should not forget that.
Another mistake that betting enthusiasts make when betting on the Super Bowl is to deviate from their usual patterns of betting. Rather than sticking with their regular methods, they might be tempted to put hundreds on prop bets or unusual wagers on a hunch. Once again, if you want to, go for it. Just remember to bet with your head and not your heart.
Wait Closer to the Game to Place Bets
How much of a loss would Tom Brady be to the Patriots? Would an injury to Aaron Donald prove catastrophic to the Rams? If you have answered yes, and already placed your bets on either team to win, how confident are you? The point here is that anything can happen in the lead up to the big game. Injuries are common in football, and no amount of wrapping players in cotton wool makes players impervious to strains, bugs, or any other unfortunate circumstances.
While waiting until Friday or Saturday to place bets might be a little bit of a buzz kill, it does give you a greater chance of knowing what shape both teams are in closer to the game. Remember: anything can happen. Life is not predictable, so play smart.
Shop Around for Odds
This is something that any experienced betting enthusiast should be doing. Why, you ask? Well, because you might find a more favorable betting line elsewhere. Refer to the recommended bookmakers that are listed above, and compare the odds that are offered on the markets you are interested in.
If you take your time and evaluate your options, you could potentially win more money by taking odds with certain bookies. A few minutes of your time could likely earn you a nicer payout if you win. It sounds simple because it is simple.
If you are a rampant football fan, you will more than likely know who the big players are heading into the game. Those who simply bet on Super Bowl, just because, more than likely won’t. As such, predicting the outcome of a game will be more difficult. Choosing bets based on the better performers over the course of the season without this knowledge will certainly be a little more nebulous.
“Nebulous, you say? What the hell does that mean?”
Well, there are three types of people in this world who will act differently when they come across a word that they don’t understand
- The type that head straight for Google/a dictionary to look it up
- The type that skips past and doesn’t think about it again
- The type that just assumes that they know what it means until it pops up in a quiz and they lose a point for their team due to their laziness
“Erm, what does this have to do with football betting strategies?” The point here is that the information is out there for you to read. The internet is full of stats and data on who the big performers are and the players who are carrying exceptional form into the game. Read up as much as you can. Don’t ignore it and lose out. You certainly don’t want to just assume you know it all when money is involved.
Do your research, study form, and make those bets count!