Interested in sports betting but not certain of how to begin? Get some tips from Tom Gable, Borgata’s Director of Race & Sports. In this edition, Tom explores the ins and outs of how to bet on the biggest game of the year!
The teams vying for the title are set and will feature a highly anticipated match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. This is the biggest single game betting opportunity of the year and a lot of casual bettors jump into the pool, looking to make some money on the game that the whole world watches. Borgata opened the betting with the Chiefs as 1 ½ point favorites in the game and a total of 52 ½ .
In January’s tips, we reviewed the basic types of bets you can make on football like the point spread and the over/under, so we will move on to one of the more interesting types of bets you can make: prop bets. The Super Bowl is the crown jewel event for prop betting. A prop bet (short for proposition bet) is any sort of bet that is offered by a sportsbook aside from the basic types of wagers: point spread, total and money line.
The Super Bowl is famous for sportsbooks releasing pages and pages of available props to bet: everything from how many touchdowns are scored in the game, to who will win the opening coin toss, to how many passing yards Patrick Mahomes may throw for. Borgata will be releasing a packet of prop bets available to make on the game, and some we get very creative with. We will have player props, such as how many receiving yards George Kittle will have, and game prop bets, such as will there be a safety? With most prop bets, you are simply betting on a yes or no (ie. Will a team have 3 straight scores? Yes or No), or you, will be betting on an over/under (ie. Patrick Mahomes to pass for over or under 300 yards).
Borgata will have cross-sports parlay bets for the day of the game as well (ie, will James Harden score more points for the NBA’s Houston Rockets that day then Tyreek Hill will have receiving yards in the Super Bowl?). Literally, from the coin toss on (will it be heads or tails), almost any play could determine a prop bet that has been offered.
Of course, Borgata will also be offering live betting throughout the game both in person at our sportsbooks or on the Borgata Sports app. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the game!