Every year, more bets are placed on the Super Bowl than any other single sporting event in the world, and Super Bowl XLVIII will be no different. But do you want to know what’s really lame? Betting on the outcome of the big game. Every single year somebody wins and somebody loses. Moreover, with the oddsmakers setting point spreads, you really just have a 50-50 chance of winning. What’s the fun in that?
Instead, why don’t you make things interesting this year by taking advantage of one amazing variety of prop bets (a.k.a. novelty bets) offered by the major sports books of the world? Look hard enough and you can find a way to win money (or, more likely, lose money) on pretty much any aspect of the Super Bowl you want. And this year’s prop bets are especially interesting because the game is being played outdoors in New Jersey in February.
Anyway, if you’re the gambling type and you want to see what kinds of crazy things you can bet on this Sunday, this is your list. It’s a sampling of the most amusing prop bets being offered by Bovada in Vegas.
Before we begin, though, here’s a little primer on what the “odds” mean, just in case you’re not a compulsive gambler. You see, all the odds are expressed in moneyline form. In moneyline odds, the favored or most likely outcome is assigned negative number, while the underdog or least likely outcome is assigned a positive number. If the odds are positive, then the number indicates the profit you would make on a $100 bet. If the odds are negative, then the number indicated the amount of money you would have to wager to make a $100 profit. Thus, if the odds are +300 (the equivalent of 3/1), you would win $300 on a $100 bet (and get paid $400). Meanwhile, if the odds are -300 (the equivalent of 1/3), you would win $33.33 on a $100 bet (and get paid $133.33).
Confused? Don’t worry. You’ll get the hang of it as we go along.