2019 Super Bowl prop bets
In the gambling sphere, props are often designated as the “degenerate bets.” This is when sports bettors grasping at straws look to scratch and claw their way out of the red and in desperation, attempt to predict how many completions the redshirt sophomore quarterback at Utah State might have in his first game back from a separated shoulder. A crude example? Maybe, but novelty bets add an extra wrinkle of unpredictability to the already dangerous game of sports gambling.
For the Super Bowl though, better judgment is often kicked to the curb and gamblers of all expertise can join hands in making the Sunday spectacle as entertaining as possible. Among the standard Super Bowl prop bets—coin toss result, length of the national anthem—there are also more topical and downright wacky wagers to cast, such as the number of tweets sent by President Donald Trump throughout the day. And at 8-to-1 odds, there’s actually the option to gamble on a fan storming the field.
Using data provided by OddsShark from Jan. 22, Stacker looked at 73 of the most compelling props to keep even non-football fans engaged this Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3.
Read on to discover which bets pique your interest.
Available bets: Heads (-105), Tails (-105)
The simplest, yet most popular of all the Super Bowl prop bets is the coin toss, which is as close to a 50/50 chance as you’ll get, making this wager especially appealing for the novice bettor. Of the 52 Super Bowls, the toss has shown heads 25 times and tails 27 times.
Super Bowl MVP
Available bets: Tom Brady (NE) (+110), Jared Goff (LA) (+225), Todd Gurley (LA) (+1,300), Sony Michel (NE) (+1,600), C.J. Anderson (LA) (+2,000), Aaron Donald (LA) (+2,000), James White (NE) (+2,000), Julian Edelman (NE) (+2,500)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is making his ninth Super Bowl appearance, is the favorite to earn Super Bowl most valuable player honors. The future Hall of Famer has already won the award four times (most all-time), and seeks to further tack onto that record. The MVP will all but certainly be a member of the winning team—only once in Super Bowl history has the award been given to a player on the losing side when Chuck Howley of the Dallas Cowboys took home the trophy despite his team losing to the Baltimore Colts.
Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his speech?
Available bets: Teammates (+175), God (+190), Family or family member (+500), Owner (+550), City (+1,000), Coach (+1,100), Does not mention any of the above (+400)
With emotions running high after a feat few NFL players can say they’ve accomplished, even the Super Bowl MVP himself may not know what words will first escape his mouth in that moment. Last year, Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles gave glory to God before all in his acceptance speech.
How long will it take Gladys Knight to sing the U.S. National Anthem?
Available bets: Over 1:45 (-140), Under 1:45 (Even)
The national anthem is another popular prop bet—the over/under of length of the rendition itself being the most well-known bet. Last year, the line was set at 2-minutes flat when Pink performed, and the pop star finished in 1 minute and 52 seconds. Gladys Knight is expected to have a shorter time than most—only one of the last 11 performances has come in under 105 seconds—but it’s possible the Atlanta native really takes in the moment.
Will Gladys Knight be wearing a skirt, dress, or gown to sing the U.S. National Anthem?
Available bets: Yes (-175), No (+135)
The "Empress of Soul” is favored to be wearing either a skirt, dress, or gown for her national anthem rendition, according to the odds. While this is tough to predict, Gladys Knight wore a beautiful flowing gown in a recent performance at the American Music Awards, as she paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.
Will Gladys Knight forget or omit a word from the National Anthem?
Available bets: Yes (+300), No (-500)
Gladys Knight is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, so the assumption is that she’ll be prepared not to omit a word from "The Star-Spangled Banner.” But mistakes happen and the 74 year old will be singing in front of her hometown of Atlanta where jitters could potentially set in.
Will any player take a knee during the National Anthem?
Available bets: Yes (+400), No (-700)
In 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested against racial injustice with a peaceful protest when he began taking a knee during the national anthem before games. Many players followed, but there has been far less kneeling during the anthem this season, which is why the odds stand 7-to-1 against the action taking place before the big game. Players on both the Rams and Patriots have kneeled in the past, but none have been recorded doing so during the 2018 season.
Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes Gladys Knight to sing the National Anthem?
Available bets: Yes (-110), No (-130)
The Patriots and Rams possess the ability to score fast. Both teams rank near the top of the league in pace of play and points per game. This prop is basically a toss-up according to oddsmakers. It should be noted that there were scoring drives by both teams shorter than Pink’s national anthem rendition in last year’s Super Bowl.
Total Donald Trump tweets on Feb. 3
Available bets: Over 6 (-120), Under 6 (-120)
The president only tweeted twice on Super Bowl Sunday last season, and not at all during the actual game, which might make the over/under feel high, but then again, Donald Trump has a long history of tweeting about the big game. He already made headlines after tweeting congratulations to the Patriots on advancing to the Super Bowl, but not for the Rams.
Will Donald Trump attend the game?
Available bets: Yes (+450), No (-850)
Despite chummy relationships with Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft, Donald Trump has not attended the Super Bowl either time the Patriots have advanced in the two years since he’s been elected president. Actually, a sitting president has never attended the Super Bowl.2018 All rights reserved.