Super Bowl Prop Bets

“Big Game” Sunday is days away. I always look forward to the food, the ads, the libations…..oh, yeah, there’s a football game, too!

one of the most interesting things about the “Big Game” is the many super “Prop Bets.”

What are prop bets you ask?  Prop bets, or “proposition bets,” are bets made regarding the occurrence or a non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) or an event not directly affecting the game’s final outcome.

The "Fridge."

The “Fridge.”

Football folklore tells us that prop bets got their start with William the  “Refrigerator” Perry, a lineman in the 1985 Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears.  As a lineman, it became quite a surprise to have him line up as fullback and run the ball for a TD, a played called by then Bears coach Mike Ditka during the regular season. His rushing for a TD in the Super Bowl that year became the first major proposition bet in the Super Bowl. Nowadays, prop bets may account for as much as 40% of the $100 million wagered on Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Prop Bets, including some bets on the performances of individual athletes, tend to become more popular for single important game like the Super Bowl, something the NFL would prefer to have outlawed if they had their way. The NFL considers bets on things like passing touchdowns for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady or rushing yards for Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley too risky and vulnerable to manipulation or cheating.

Do you remember some of the silly ones from last year?  Here are a few from Super Bowl 52 :

  • What color will Pink’s hair be when she starts to sing the National Anthem?
  • What color will Bill Belichick’s shirt be at kickoff?
  • The number of tweets by President Donald Trump on Feb. 4
  • How many commercials will Peyton Manning appear in during the broadcast?

Yes, people, lots of people actually bet on on those things last year. This year will be no different. William Hill sportsbook in Las Vegas released over 900 Super Bowl LIII prop bets this past weekend. Here’s the entire list: William Hill Super Bowl 53 Prop Bets-Nevada

Prop bets concerning commercials are very popular. According to Stephen Campbell of OddsShark, the over/under on number of commercials is 96. There are also several props categories pertaining to which commercial will air first. For example, one segment features Doritos at -135 and Pringles at -105, while another lists out the following:

  • Budweiser +150
  • Bud Light +210
  • Stella Artois +400
  • Michelob Ultra +400
  • Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer +400

Matt McEwan of NFL Football at outlined ten of the weirdest prop bets for this year’s “Big Game.”  Here are a few:

  • If a Streaker occurs during the game, who touches/tackles him/her first?
  • How many times will officials measure for First Downs?
  • Will “Romostradamus” be said during the Live Broadcast? (Referring to Tony Romo’s ability to call plays before the ball is snapped)
  • Will “One More Night” be the first song by Maroon 5 for the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

Of course, there are many serious game related prop bets, like score, total yards, total scores, passing yards, MVP, etc….

But, you gotta giggle when someone makes a bet saying, “$100 on the over for the number of Bud commercials televised – opening kick to last second.”

I say “Dilly, dilly!”




The 7 Sports Betting Books To Read – The Monday Link

Every Monday, NETG Brings you a Gambling Post from someone else for your interest, ENTERTAINMENT, and KNOWLEDGE. We Call this:

“The Monday Link”

Sports Betting is now a “thing” in New England, with both of Rhode Island’s casinos offering legal sports betting. Knowing the options and bets available are still a grey area for me.  To help me and others understand things like:

Sports Book at Twin River Casino, Lincoln RI

  • Win Bet/Moneyline Wager.
  • Point Spreads.
  • Handicap Betting.
  • Totals/Over-Unders.
  • Prop Bets/Specials.
  • Futures/Outrights.
  • Parlays/Accumulators.
  • Progressive Parlays.

I will definitely need some resources.  Enter our Monday Link.

Alpha Sports Betting is a very interesting website for sports betting. It includes latest news, online comparisons, betting tactics and much more. The following article caught my eye looking for sports betting resources. Coinciding with the holidays and needing that last gift for your favorite gambler, this list could help complete your Christmas list. I hope you enjoy it.



Sports Betting Progress in New England

The renovated Westgate Casino Racebook., Las Vegas.

Two New England states were listed in an article by Abby Messick of in an interesting list of “Top 10 US states to legalize sports betting.”  Massachusetts and Connecticut were listed as 7th and 2nd respectively behind New Jersey to be the soonest to offer sports betting.  All of this relies upon the legalization of sports betting in the U.S. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (A.K.A. PASPA), is a law that defines the legal status of sports betting throughout the United States, which basically outlawed sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states, Nevada, Oregon, Delaware and Montana, the four states that were grandfathered in and can currently offer sports betting.

New Jersey continues to try to pave the way for the rest of the states with attempts from 2012 to authorize sports betting laws that challenged PASPA.  According to Gary Trask of  “The case, Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, centers around the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 and pits outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie against the NCAA and the four major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball), but could also very easily pave the way for other U.S. states to quickly begin offering regulated sports betting.”

Massachusetts & Connecticut

On to Abby Messick’s post, and then a brief look at the rest of New England’s sports betting possibilities.

7. Massachusetts
There are no sports-betting-specific bills in Massachusetts right now, but key lawmakers are generating interest. State Senator Eileen Donoghue has introduced SD 2480, which would form a committee to study, regulate and examine further the idea of legal sports betting.
A white paper released by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in March touches on legislative movement in other states, takes a look at any other federal laws that could possibly impact sports betting in the U.S., and eyes potential operators. Plainridge Park, [Encore] Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are throwing their support behind sports betting, as well. Perhaps most importantly, the white paper comes to the conclusion that sports betting would be a welcome new source of revenue for the state. And we all know how convincing an argument money is……..

We also think that the massive lobbying tactics of MGM could help turn PASPA around.  Both Wynn & MGM have tons of experience from their Las Vegas casinos. MGM’s Borgata in New Jersey is already setting up it’s racebook area, anticipating a change in legislation.

2. Connecticut

Mohegan Sun Racebook

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation remarked in a meeting last week that it’s “ready to operate sports betting.” Director of IT Steve Wager commented that sports betting is particularly suited to the lottery scene, and it would “just be another option.”  [The latest bill] will allow casinos, horse racing tracks and off-track betting facilities to offer sports betting, in addition to language that allows for internet wagering and online lottery sales. But….the egregious 15% tax revenue, which, as we know from prior experience, is killer……….
Not to mention that the state’s tribes aren’t exactly happy with the bill’s proposed integrity fee. In a written statement on behalf of Foxwoods, Executive Director of Online Gaming Seth Young said, “While we support the legalization of sports gambling, as written this bill takes the power out of the hands of the state and transfers it directly to the sports leagues, where the leagues themselves would have the sole power to decide whether or not Connecticut will be allowed to try to recapture its illegal black market. The demands of the sports leagues make supporting this bill, as written, a vote for the continued success of the unregulated black market, a vote against revenue enhancement to the state, and a vote against common sense.”

Just last week, CT Legislators ended their term without consideration for the sports-betting bill. The next time it would be able to be revisited would be in the fall.

The Rest Of New England


According to Gov. Gina Raimondo included $23.5 million in revenue from legal sports betting at Twin River Casino and Tiverton Hotel Casino in a plan to fund state operations. The budget plan does not count on online sports wagering, but does open the door for future consideration.  Of course, as the other states’ plans, it would require a victory for New Jersey’s case against the federal sports betting ban, PASPA.


All three states prohibit Nevada-style sports betting. Such laws would need to be repealed or amended before full-scale sports wagering would be permitted. These states do not have any publicly announced bills devoted to sports betting legalization. Both New Hampshire & Vermont would need the lottery to possible be the conduit to sports betting, since both do not have brick-and-mortar casinos (not that New Hampshire hasn’t tried, and tried, and tried……).  Maine does have two casinos that could include sports betting, but state laws against it would have to be repealed.


The AGA has been a major proponent for legalized sports gambling.  It sites the following stats to back the opinion that PASPA has failed:

  • $58 Billion in illegal bets were placed on the NFL and college football games last season, with only $2 Billion bet legally
  • Americans bet more than $15 billion on the Super Bowl and March Madness — 97% was bet illegally.


This is a quick overview of some very intricate wheeling and dealing going on.  Legislators are now taking a break in most states, so news will slow.  But I believe more a more intense movement will follow in the fall.