Different Ways to Gamble on the Super Bowl
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/3/2012
The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the United States. It is watched by hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. alone. There is something for everyone between the game, the pageantry and the commercials, but just in case you need more enticement to tune into NBC for Super Bowl Sunday, there are multiple different ways to gamble on the Super Bowl.
Betting on the game line
There is always the old fashioned way of getting your action in, simply wagering on the point spread or total like millions of people have been doing since Week 1.
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Most sportsbooks have the New England Patriots listed as three point favorites with a total of around 53. The Super Bowl point spread will be the most wagered bet of the year and is probably a good idea for people who actually know something about the game.
For those more into the Super Bowl party than the Super Bowl, there are plenty other ways.
Entering a squares pool
Squares pools have become synonymous with the Super Bowl. Between your office, your group of friends or a bar or restaurant you frequent, there is likely going to be someone organizing a Super Bowl squares pool. Entry fees can range from $5 to $1,000 at some bars and even higher.
The expensive Super Bowl squares pools are likely to be filled quickly, as nobody wants to get stuck with extra expensive spots with the game approaching, so try to get signed up for a pool before going to your Super Bowl party.
When entering a Super Bowl squares pool, you buy one or more blocks and place your name somewhere on the giant square. If you buy multiple blocks it would be wise to strategically spread them out. At some point before the game, once all the squares are sold, numbers are drawn 0-9 and each row receives two numbers, one corresponding with the final digit in the score of the Giants and one corresponding with the final digit in the score of the Patriots.
Write your numbers down so you remember them. At the end of each quarter, payouts are determined based on the score of the game. If you have numbers “4” for the Giants and “7” for the Patriots and the halftime score is 14-7 Giants, you win. The largest prize is usually reserved for the final score.
Betting on Super Bowl game props
Nearly every little statistical detail that the Super Bowl could produce has a corresponding bet with it. You can wager on how long the first punt will be, how long the first play will be, what the first play will be, who will score the first touchdown, who will win MVP, total passing yards for Tom Brady, etc.
Betting on exotic prop bets
If the combination of Kelly Clarkson singing the “National Anthem” and Madonna performing the halftime show interests you more than the combination of the Patriots and Giants in the Super Bowl, there are plenty of prop bets that have nothing to do with football to keep your interest.
You can wager on the length of Clarkson's rendition of “Star Spangled Banner,” whether or not she will omit a word from the song ala Christina Aguilera and whether or not her belly will be exposed at some point. You can wager on what Madonna will wear, sing and do on stage at halftime. As far as the NBC telecast goes, you can wager on the amount of times certain names or phrases are said like "Tebow" or how many times certain things are shown during the broadcast like Peyton and Archie Manning or the David Tyree Super Bowl catch.
If you have any interest in pop culture at all, you will find something worth wagering on.
Cross-sport Super Bowl betting
If you want to get your Super Bowl Sunday wagering off to an early start, you can browse the dozens and dozens of cross-sport wagers available for bettors.
Oddsmakers have set certain totals for players in other sports and you can compare them with totals for players in the Super Bowl. Before the NFL takes center stage at 6:30 p.m. there is a whole slew of NHL, NBA and college basketball games on Sunday.
For example you can wager on Ahmad Bradshaw receiving yards vs. Chris Bosh total points in the Miami Heat game from earlier that day. Oftentimes oddsmakers pick two equal entities and set the line at a ‘pick’em’ like in the case of Bradshaw and Bosh, but there are also spreads like BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing yards are –17.5 against Rajon Rondo points, rebounds and assists from his game earlier in the day.
Sportsbooks pull out all the stops for Super Bowl Sunday so not only can you wager on a halftime line, but there will be live in-game betting available on multiple sportsbook Web sites.
You can wager on live lines including moneyline, the side and total and you can even wager on what you think the next play will be or for how long it will go. Of course, you may not want to be sitting in front of a computer the entire time doing this so Super Bowl parties provide the right atmosphere for alcohol-induced bar bets on certain things.
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