Betting on the outcome of the big game is boring. Point spreads basically give you a 50-50 shot at winning, which makes it about as exciting as flipping a coin. If you want to have fun while gambling your hard-earned money away, take a look at some of the crazy Super Bowl XLIX prop bets Vegas has to offer.
This year Bovada is offering over 500 different Super Bowl XLIX prop bets. Today we’re going to take a look at the craziest ones.
Before we get started, though, a quick primer what the odds mean. You see, almost all the odds you’ll see here are moneyline odds. And it’s really pretty simple.
The more likely outcome gets a negative number, while the less likely outcome gets a positive number. When the number is negative, it represents the amount of money you would have to bet to win $100. When the number is positive, it represents the amount of money you would win on a $100 bet.
Thus, if you bet on the favorite at -250, that means a bet of $250 would win you $100, for a total payout of $350. (Your original $250 plus the $100 that you won.) Meanwhile, if you bet on the underdog at +150, that means a bet of $100 would win you $150, for a total payout of $250. (Your original $100, plus the $150 that you won.)
Of course, what this means is that +100 and -100 are the same. They’re both equal to 1/1. But you won’t even see -100 or +100. Instead, it will just say EVEN.
Think you got it? Okay then. Lets take a look at some crazy Super Bowl XLIX prop bets…
Over 2 minutes 1 second: -120Under 2 minutes 1 second: -120
Vegas thinks the odds of the National Anthem going over 2:01 are as good of it going under 2:01, and it doesn't want to pay out a lot either way. So they put the odds at -120, meaning you'd need to bet $120 to win $100.
What happens if she sings exactly two minutes one second? You lose, that’s what.
Unfortunately, they do not also have “Will Idina Menzel take exactly 2 minutes 1 second to sing the US National Anthem?” That would have been awesome, though. The odds would be like +3000 or something.
21. How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the US National Anthem?
Yes: +450No: -700
I gotta agree with these odds here. Idina Menzel is a pro. She’s been killing it on Broadway for years and years. (Yep, she was in Wicked, your aunts favorite!) There’s no way she flubs the Star Spangled Banner.
20. Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Over 3: -140Under 3: EVEN
"During the game" means from kickoff to final whistle. Pre-game doesn't count.
Honestly, this one is a hard call. You know they'll say it about 50 times in the six-hour pre-game show, but I can see Al Michaels being all classy and not talking about it much during the actual game. So I'd say EVEN for under 3 are good odds. I'd take that.
19. How many times will "Deflated" Balls be said during the game?
Pete Carroll: EVENBill Belichick: -140
They're also offering "Which coach will be shown first on TV after Kickoff?" giving the exact same odds. Obviously, Belichick is the obvious choice because he's just such a ridiculous human being, with his scowls and cutoff hoodies.
Speaking of which...
18. Which coach will be mentioned first by name on TV after Kickoff?
Grey: -120Blue: EVENRed: +750
If Belichick loses his mind and wears something other than a hoodie, there’s no action. Likewise, even though they don't explicitly say so, we can assume there’s no action if he comes out wearing, say, a white hoodie.
17. What Color will Bill Belichick's hoodie be?
Yes: +140No: -180
This obviously depends on whether the Pats have a big lead late in the game. If they do, then you might see him smiling during the game. If they win but it's a close, you won't see Belichick's pearly whites until after the final whistle blows. And of course, if they lose...well, look out.
16. Will Bill Belichick smile during the game on camera?
Sleeves cut: -175Sleeves intact: +135
It's pretty rare to see Belichick not looking completely ridiculous in a sleeveless hoodie. I can't imagine he'd go with something different in the Super Bowl.
15. Bill Belichick Hoodie Type?
Yes: -175No: +135
You know they're going to mention this fact at some point during the telecast. But will it be during the game, which is classified as between kickoff and final whistle? That's a lot harder to call.
14. Will it be mentioned during the game that Pete Carroll was the last head coach of the Patriots?
Robert Kraft: -250Paul Allen: +170
Robert Kraft always has Boston celebs in his box, and he's dating a hot 32-year-old model. I would not want to pick the underdog on this one.
13. Who will be shown more on TV during the game?
Over 2: -120Under 2: -120
If they gave me "Will Katy Perry's halftime show suck?" at -300 I'd take that bet. But this one? Much harder to call. After all, the mention has to come during live action. It can't be one of those pre-recorded in-game spots.
12. How many times will Katy Perry be mentioned in the 1st Half?
Pants (below knees): +300Shorts (above knees): +240Skirt or Dress: -200
I was a little disappointed with this offering. I was hoping they’d have some fun options, like chaps (+500) or crocheted bikini (+5000). I mean, just look at the costume she wore in the video for DarkHorse!Pants, shorts, or dress is so boring.
11. What will Katy Perry be wearing when she begins the Halftime show?
Yes: +400No: -600
Come on, there is no way Marshawn is going to grab his crotch. The guy wants to win, and the NFL has already said they'll penalize his team 15 yards if he pulls this again.
10. Will Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a TD in the game?
Over 1½: EVENUnder 1½: -140
Keep in mind, again, this is from kickoff until final whistle. Shots of Mrs. Brady celebrating or commiserating with Tom after the game won't count.
9. How many times will Gisele Bundchen be shown on TV during the game?
Yes: +170No: -250
Vegas doesn't like the odds of this happening. I can totally see Michaels referring to the irony of the Seahawks being classified technically as "underdogs." But I can't see him mentioning the actual numerical odds.
8. Will Al Michaels refer to the point spread, total, odds on who wins game or any prop bet during thre game?
Boston: +110Seattle: -150
Come on, of course it will be Seattle. What else would sports fans there be doing? Watching the local NBA or NHL team?
7. Which region will have the higher Nielsen Rating?
Over 113 Million: -150Under 113 Million: +110
Super Bowl XLIX is expected to be the most-watched television event in American history. Given the attention deflategate has gotten, I wouldn't bet against 113 million.
6. How many viewers will the game have?
Russell Wilson Passing Yards: -17½ (-125)US National Average Gas Price (in Cents) on Monday, February 2nd: +17½ (-105)
Right now the average price of a gallon of gas in the US is $2.04. However, this prop bet has a 17½ point spread. You add the spread to an underdog's score and subtract it from the favorite's score.
Thus, since Wilson is the favorite, if you bet on Wilson you subtract 17½ from his total and compare it to the gas price. He'll need to throw for about 222 yards for you to win at $2.04 per gallon
Meanwhile, since gas is the underdog, if you bet on gas you add 17½ to the price, and compare it to Wilson. Obviously, without a major spike in gas prices, if he throws for 250 you're probably screwed.
5. What will be higher?
Orange: 3/2Yellow: 5/2Clear/Water: 3/1Blue: 15/2Red: 15/2Green: 10/1
Come on, everybody knows blue is the best flavor or Gatorade, right?
4. What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Market Up: -140Market Down: EVEN
Hey, if you like betting on the Super Bowl, why not bet on the stock market?
3. What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Mayweather beats Pacquiao Patriots win Super Bowl: +150Mayweather beats Pacquiao Seahawks win Super Bowl: +160Pacquiao beats Mayweather Patriots win Super Bowl: +500Pacquiao beats Mayweather Seahawks win Super Bowl: +550
Obviously, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao actually has to happen some time in 2015 for this bet to have action. But what action it will have! Why not throw a few bucks down on either of those Pacquiao bets? You’d stand to make a hell of a lot more money than a straight bet on Pacquiao.
2. Boxing Parlay Special
Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow and Patriots win the Super Bowl: +220Punxsutawney Phil does not see shadow and Patriots win the Super Bowl: +275Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow and Seahawks win the Super Bowl: +225Punxsutawney Phil does not see shadow and Seahawks win the Super Bowl: +275
I love this bet. It makes absolutely no sense.
You can tell from combos#1 and combo #3, in which Phil sees his shadow, that the Patriots are slight favorites to win the Super Bowl. Since the groundhog is the constant, outcome of the game must account for the five-point differential.
Similarly, you can tell from combo #1 and combo #2, in which the Patriots win, that Phil seeing his shadow is more likely than Phil not seeing his shadow. Since outcome of the game is the constant, the groundhog must account for the 55-point differential.
So how on earth does Phil not seeing his shadow and the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl—both of which are less likely to occur—have the same odds as Phil seeing his shadow and the Patriots winning the Super Bowl? If we're being logical about the relationship between groundhogs and professional football games, combo #4 should be way higher.
1. Groundhog Day Parlay
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