Super Bowl LIII: A Walkthrough for Internet Super Bowl Betting
In case you haven't already heard, Super Bowl LIII is less than two weeks away, and it features a matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. This matchup seems to be one of the most talked-about matchups in recent Super Bowl history given how each team earned (and I use the term earned loosely) the right to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Without recapping the entire weekend, the Rams benefitted from an egregious non pass interference call late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots essentially won the game fair and square, if not for a questionable roughing the passer call on Kansas City (given Brady a free first down) and a bonehead neutral zone infraction from defensive lineman Dee Ford.
Based on early reports and the movement of the point spread in favor of the Patriots, this could be a Super Bowl where both casual fans of football and fan bases of 30 other teams cheer for the Rams, while the sharp bettors and those who like value find themselves cheering for the Evil Empire of football.
But before I get to breaking down the game itself -- there will be tons of reading material over the next week and a half -- I must first present you with the betting options at your disposal.
When you think of throwing down some money on the Super Bowl, the first thing that comes to mind is Las Vegas. Being in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl is akin to being in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It's simply the place to be if you like a great party that's overpriced and completely over the top. Sportsbooks in Vegas are packed to capacity well before the game begins, and placing a bet on game day requires standing in line with tourists for extended periods of time. To me, that does not sound like an ideal option. But to each their own.
The way I like to get down on Super Bowl Sunday is via my online sports betting account. Which sportsbook do I use? Well, I use whichever book I can find the best line.
How to Start up an Online Account
For starters, you need to decide on if this is going to be a one-time thing, strictly for the Super Bowl, or if you are going to continue wagering online after the Super Bowl comes and goes. For the sake of this article, let's say you want to get in and out right after Super Bowl LIII is done.
The first thing you must do is find a sportsbook that is offering up a line on Super Bowl LIII. I understand that is the most obvious statement of all time and that every sportsbook on planet earth will have a Super Bowl line, but the sportsbook you choose must cater to your needs and wants as a bettor.
Here at Doc's, we work with several quality sportsbooks that can offer you what it is your looking for. Whether it's Bovada , 5Dimes or BookMaker, the choice is yours. To set up an online account, just fill out the registration form online and from there proceeded to choose a depositing method - likely Bitcoin or Credit Card and then make your first deposit.
Choosing the Right Sportsbook
If you want to bet on the Super Bowl, you either have a clear understanding of the matchup or some sort of grasp on what you want to wager on. Either option works, but it's important to choose a sportsbook that will allow you to maximize the value of your bet.
For example, if you like the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, you can have three different money lines at three different sportsbooks. The line put out by the sportsbook is at their discretion, so it's not uncommon to see lines of -135, -140 or -145 at varying books. If it's not obvious to you yet, the lower the negative price, the less money you have to bet to win more. If you get a line of -135, that means to make $100 of profit, you would have to bet $135. If you were to bet at a sportsbook that offers the -145 line, this means that you'd have to wager $145 to win $100.
The flip side is true for the underdog Rams. If you like the Rams, your best bet is to "shop around" similar to searching three different online sites for the best possible price on a lawnmower. The higher the positive value next to the Rams name i.e. +150 compared to +130, the more money you would return in profit. For every $100 bet on a +150 line, you would win $150. For every 100$ bet on a +130 line, you'd win $130.
The same concept holds true for the point spread. If you are quick to jump on a line of Patriots -3 before shopping around and finding a sportsbook with a Patriots -2.5 line, then that mistake may come back to haunt you, especially if the Patriots win by exactly three points. You will have wasted three hours of your time to get your money back when in fact you could have won by looking around for the best line.
Know What to Wager on and What Not to Wager on
I can't stress this enough, but if you are new to betting on sports, specifically the Super Bowl, please do not get caught up in the sideshow that comes with the Super Bowl. No professional bettor has ever gotten rich by betting the outcome of the coin toss, or the length of the National Anthem or the color of the winning team's Gatorade or the first song sung by the half time performer or any of that other nonsense that is unfortunately associated with the game itself.
Stick to your guns and stick to what you know. If you have a feel on the game or cheer for one of the two teams involved, then go with your instincts. If you think the weather is going to play a factor (it won't this year as the game is being played indoors), then maybe try your luck on betting the total.
The total for Super Bowl LIII is currently 58 points. If you think both teams will combine for 59 or more points, you would bet the "over". If you think the combined score will be 57 or fewer, then you would bet the "under".
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