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Last-minute Super Bowl betting guide

Published: 4 Feb 2017

Love sports betting? Then the Super Bowl is the game for you.

The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of the American sports calendar. With such a big event, it is only appropriate that gambling runs rampant. Last year over $132 billion was gambled away in Las Vegas alone.

Gone are the usual bets on the over/under and points spread; the Super Bowl is all about the prop bet and Sports Gazette is your guide to the best and weirdest bets.

*All odds are based on SkyBet at the time that this article was written.

The Vanilla Bet
If you are looking for a normal betting experience, look no further than the points spread and the over/under.

The Atlanta Falcons are currently getting three points against the New England Patriots. While that may seem like an obvious bet for the favoured Patriots, it is important to note that every Super Bowl the Patriots have participated in has been decided by three points or less.

The current over/under is set at 58.5. This has dropped three points from its opening line of 61.5. Despite the drop, I would still take the under. The obvious potency of the two offences aside, no Super Bowl has combined for 59 points or more since 2004.

Best Odds
There's no sure thing in gambling, but if you are guaranteed to win a bet 50 per cent of the time, most likely, you would take it. At even money, the opening coin toss is your best chance to start off your Super Bowl gambling spree.

Best Value
For the best value of the game we turn to the first touchdown scorer. Despite being 16/1 odds, don't be surprised if Martellus Bennett scores the first touchdown of the game, especially when you factor in that Tom Brady loves to utilise his tight ends in the redzone.

Just For Fun
There are quite a few fun bets available for the Super Bowl. Here are some of the fan favourites:

The length of the national anthem is set at two minutes 14 seconds where country singer Luke Bryan will have the honours. Bet the under here, especially after last years opera by Lady Gaga.

Speaking of Lady Gaga, some bets to consider are what her opening song will be during the halftime show and what colour her hair will be at the beginning of her performance. Though not on SkyBet, my money is on “Edge of Glory” with white hair.

The last bet of the Super Bowl is the infamous Gatorade shower. Clear/water is the odds on favourite this year at 2/1.

Long Shot Special
If you are feeling lucky enough, a New England 27-24 victory, with Tevin Coleman scoring the first touchdown and Julian Edelman scoring the last touchdown would make for a nice payday at 500/1.

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