Super Bowl Betting
The Super Bowl is the most watched sporting event of the year but it’s still amazing how much volume that Super Bowl betting attracts each year.
Early estimates are that the 2009 Super Bowl could have as high as $10,000,000,000 risked on it. That’s ten billion for anyone reading at home who is not a fan of adding up all those zeros. It’s just an absolutely staggering amount of money and certain Vegas insiders have predicted that over half of American homes will have money wagered on the biggest game of them all this year. The $3,000,000 paid for a 30 second commercial spot in the 2009 Super Bowl seems like a tiny amount in comparison to amount of money that could be wagered by the roughly one billion people who will watch this one.
About internet Super Bowl odds
One of the most popular internet bets is the coin toss bet with both heads and tails usually being in the -105 to -110 range. There’s nothing better than starting your day off with a quick victory at the start of the game and the coin toss has some weird statistics attached to it with the NFC having won the last 11 straight coin tosses and with the winner of the coin toss unable to defer the decision until the 2nd half like in regular season games, the winner of the coin toss has chosen to receive the football in all 42 Super Bowls in league history. Although it’s a fun bet to make to get the day started, the coin toss doesn’t seem to have much effect on the actual game with the winner of the coin toss only taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy in 20 of the 42 Super Bowls.
The biggest point spread in Super Bowl betting history came back in 1985 when the San Francisco 49ers were favored by 18.5 over the San Diego Chargers and the 49ers actually managed to cover the large spread with a 49-26 victory. Favorites have actually covered in 7 of the last 10 Super Bowls with the largest underdog to get the point spread cover being the 1969 New York Jets behind quarterback Joe Namath. Coming into the game as 18-point underdogs, the Jets found a way to pull off the improbable victory with a 16-7 victory while establishing themselves as football icons.
Over or under
6 of the last 9 Super Bowls have gone under the betting total as well as 7 of the first 9 if you include the very first Super Bowl in that number, a 35-10 Green Bay victory where a betting total is generally considered lost in time although any posted number was likely to go over the total with most games at 30-40 points in the late ‘60s.
Defensive lineman Charles Haley has the most Super Bowl rings of all-time with 5 (2 with the San Francisco 49ers and 3 more with the Dallas Cowboys) while Dallas, San Francisco, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl victories in league history with 5 apiece, a number that Pittsburgh could top with a win over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 Super Bowl where they come in as 7-point favorites on the betting line with a betting total of 47 points.
The Dallas Cowboys have appeared in the most Super Bowls with 8 and there longtime rival San Francisco 49ers have been perfect in Super Bowl games with a 5-0 mark. History has shown that it’s very important for winning Super Bowl teams to get out early and the statistics show that the first team to score a touchdown in the big game has won in 30 of the 42 Super Bowls in league history. Another crazy betting statistic is that teams that have met in the regular season have played each other 12 times in the final game with the losing team avenging their loss in 7 of those games.
Home field advantage
Despite the fact that the Super Bowl location moves around every season, no team has ever had home field advantage in the big game although the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Rams have all had the game in their home state where they have combined to go just 2-2 despite the proximity to home.
With a variety of prop bets including the coin toss, best commercial, individual player performance props, and things as silly as how long the national anthem will last, you can get a bet down on virtually every part of the Super Bowl and if you are like the billion or so people that will be watching at home you probably will do just that.