With the American public expected to wager several billion dollars on the outcome of Super Bowl 54, the betting world’s focus has understandably been fixed on the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
But while the Chiefs are slim (-1.5) favorites to claim the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in 50 years, bettors have a bevy of wagering options on tap that have nothing to do with the final score.
Prop bets – or propositional wagers which can concern everything from the national anthem performance to the Gatorade bath players pour on their Super Bowl winning coach – have grown from niche industry to big business over the last decade. Major sportsbooks in Las Vegas like the Westgate SuperBook proudly spread hundreds of unique prop bets during Super Bowl season, attracting action from sharps and recreational bettors alike.
And if you can’t make it to Sin City for the big game you can still find Super Bowl prop bets at online sportsbooks like Bovada.
Off-Field Action Abounds for Super Bowl Prop Bettors
Hardcore fans and faithful followers of the 49ers or Chiefs will no doubt have their attention squarely on the 60-minute battle for football immortality.
For the rest of us, however, off-field prop betting is a great way to turn Super Sunday into the extended spectacle it’s supposed to be.
The festivities kick off with a handful of props based around pop singer Demi Lovato’s pregame performance of the national anthem. If you think Lovato’s rendering of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will last for over two minutes, the favorite side can be backed for a (-260) price against (+175) on the under. For folks who enjoy a bit of schadenfreude with their Super Bowl betting, one prop asks whether or not Lovato will “forget or omit” a word from the anthem.
The recent Grammy Award nominee is a big (-700) fave to put on a spotless show, but any verbal stumbles or slips will spark a sweet payout for “Yes” backers at (+400).
If you’re into tracking broadcaster trends, one prop asks which head coach will be mentioned first – Andy Reid of the Chiefs or Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers. With his well-documented demons on the Super Bowl stage, Reid is the favorite at (-145) over (+105) for Shanahan.
And speaking of the FOX broadcast, you can even wager on whether or not Joe Buck and crew will mention the point spread while on the air. Despite the NFL’s increased willingness to embrace legal sports betting of late, the “Yes” side is still a big (+170) dog to (-250) for “No.”
Political Prop Bets Run the Gamut from Kaepernick to Trump
In an homage to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick – who guided the team to an appearance in Super Bowl 47 – you can also wager on whether or not any players will mimic his kneeling protest during the anthem at odds of (+400) on “Yes” and (-700) on “No.”
Kaepernick’s kneeling caused enough controversy to court President Donald Trump’s scorn, as the latter used his Twitter account to criticize the QB and the league last year.
A sports fan who once attempted to purchase the Buffalo Bills, Trump will no doubt be watching the Super Bowl – but where he watches from forms the foundation of a fun prop bet. If you think he’ll be in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, you can get a juicy (+290) number against (-480) on the “No” side.
And finally, Trump’s tendency to tweet can be wagered on to the tune of a (13.5) Over / Under total. If you think he’ll stick to the game and put the phone down for an evening, the Under is a (-170) favorite to (+130) on the Over.