Considered an unofficial American holiday, the Super Bowl is consistently one of the most-watched television broadcasts every year. In fact, Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 was the most-watched TV event in U.S. history, with about 114.4 million viewers.
We learn every year that a significant portion of the audience are sports betting fans. An estimated $6 billion is wagered on the Super Bowl annually in the US with a growing portion — around $325 million — coming into legal US sportsbooks.
With legalized sports betting now live and booming here in West Virginia, you can be a part of it at your Super Bowl party. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about betting on the Super Bowl in 2020.
The best and easiest way to bet on the Super Bowl in West Virginia is at a WV online sportsbook or sports betting app. Betting at a retail sportsbook inside a West Virginia casino is also an option. However, you must be inside the brick-and-mortar location and must line up at the teller each time you want to make a new bet.
If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can sign up for a sports betting account online from anywhere in West Virginia. The two most prominent sports betting apps in West Virginia are from DraftKings and FanDuel sportsbooks.
DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports (DFS) powerhouse, has transitioned into the sports betting industry by offering one of the best sports betting apps in the game.
You can have the full slate of games and futures wagers on DraftKings, along with a plethora of sports, all in the palm of your hands.
In West Virginia, DraftKings is partners with Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for its online sportsbook. Unlike a live book, however, once you create your account, you can make your bets anywhere in WV on the app.
The FanDuel app is equally slick and has a full slate of daily games, lines and odds, plus plentiful props and futures.
Signing up online also gives you free rein to manage your account, make deposits and withdrawals, and to bet anywhere inside the borders of WV.
BETMGM Sportsbook is the third sportsbook to open its virtual doors in West Virginia. It comes as a joint venture between parent company MGM Resorts International and strategic partner GVC Holdings.
However, BETMGM is not a new site. It began life in New Jersey in 2018 as playMGM, and simply rebranded when the two partners got together.
The result is a slick, professional website that rivals any of the more established sites in the state. There are plenty of betting options to choose, including live bets and other props.
NFL Teams: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
Date: Feb. 2, 2020
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
Since the Super Bowl is such a significant event, the major networks with TV deals share the broadcast rights on an annual basis. Super Bowl LIV will broadcast on Feb. 2 on Fox.
Super Bowl LV will air on CBS in 2021. NBC will broadcast Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
The current odds for the Super Bowl 54 winner on DraftKings and FanDuel are below. Use the drop-down menu to see WV or to see the point spreads/totals lines.
Just click “Bet Now” to claim your bonus at either sportsbook, register you account and make your bet.
The next most popular bet for the Super Bowl is betting on the MVP of the game. Historically, the winning team’s QB has won the lion’s share of MVP awards so that’s typically a good place to put your money down.
Picking the winning QB in advance may be tricky, but picking either QB is your safest bet. Here are the odds for Super Bowl 54 MVP at DraftKings as of Jan. 31:
Player props are any type of bet that focuses specifically on a player’s performance in a game or season. This wager also applies during the Super Bowl. It’s much like fantasy football in that you can bet on a player’s specific performance and reap the rewards if he has a great game.
For example, you can bet on whether a player will score a touchdown or how many rushing yards a player will register in the game. Combined props, like being the first player to score and having your team win the game, also give longer odds and fun bets.
Player props are a fun, exciting way to wager on the Super Bowl without having to worry about the result of the game.
Team props are another fun way to bet on the Super Bowl without necessarily having to worry about the final score.
Whether it’s betting on how many field goals a team will attempt in the big game or how many touchdowns they will score, team props represent another excellent alternative to the more popular wagers like point spreads or moneylines.
You can find all the current Super Bowl team props on your betting app before and during the game.
One of the cool aspects of the Super Bowl is that sportsbooks post all sorts of props on various subjects that are not related to the game. For example, you can bet on how long it will take to sing the national anthem or what color of Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach.
You can also bet on what outfit the halftime performer will wear or whether the coin flip will land on heads or tails. These types of wacky props are what make the Super Bowl event an entire spectacle.
Technology allows football fans to be able to bet on the Super Bowl in multiple ways as the game unfolds. This means you can monitor each development and adjust your Super Bowl bets accordingly. In addition to the incredible entertainment value, live betting on the Super Bowl can be a highly profitable enterprise.
Whether it’s betting on a favorite that falls behind early to win straight up or picking an underdog on the live betting point spread after they fell behind early, live betting on the Super Bowl provides opportunities that sports bettors didn’t have available online in the past.
Live betting also provides sports bettors with a chance to hedge their bad bets. If you placed a wager that isn’t looking promising, you could always hedge that bet with a live one to make up for it. In game betting is an excellent way to avoid losing money while wagering on the Super Bowl.
Check your favorite WV sportsbook during the game for all of its live Super Bowl betting lines.
An NFL futures bet is a bet made in advance of the end of the regular season and before the playoffs. Among the futures wagers that you can make on the DraftKings sports betting app include:
Futures odds are continually updated as the season progresses. The earlier you get your Super Bowl winner bet in, the better odds you’re likely to get – at least for the favorites.
A team that makes the playoffs as a wild card will also likely have somewhat longer futures odds on winning the Super Bowl, which could be a good bet at the start of the playoffs.
The point spread is one of the most popular types of wagers on the Super Bowl. For this type of bet, the sportsbook sets a specific margin of victory. When you bet the point spread, you might see something like this:
In this hypothetical Super Bowl matchup, the Patriots are listed as a 3.5-point favorite. So, this means that for New England to cover the point spread, they will need to win by 4 points or more.
The minus sign that precedes their odds signifies that they are the betting favorites. The number next to that symbol represents the number of points they must win by in order to cover.
If the Patriots win by 3 points or fewer, any wagers on them would be considered a loser. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are listed as a 3.5-point underdog in this example.
The plus sign signifies that they are the underdog. The number next to that symbol represents the number of points they are getting on the spread. In this scenario, Dallas will cover the point spread if they win straight up or lose by 3 points or fewer.
You could look at the moneyline as a much more simplified version of the point spread. Only in this situation, all you need to do is pick a straight-up winner.
• Dallas Cowboys +280
• New England Patriots -300
In this situation, the minus and plus signs represent the favorite and underdog, respectively. The Patriots are listed at -300 odds. So, this means that in order to win $100, you must risk $300.
At the same time, Dallas is an underdog at +280 odds. So, this means you could risk $100 to win $280 betting on the Cowboys to win the game by any given margin.
The total, aka the over/under, is unique from the point spread and moneyline. With this wager, you are betting on the final score, which is completely irrespective of the margin of victory.
When betting on the total, you might see a line that looks like this:
In this example, the total has been set at 51.5 points. So, this means that if the teams combine to score 52 points or more, then the “over” is the winning result. If the teams combine to score 51 points or fewer, the “under” is considered the winning result.
All you need to do is pick which side of the total the final combined score will fall in. If that number hits, then you win your bet.
Here are some essential Super Bowl betting tips to put you in a position to win your bets.
While it might not seem like a big deal at first, it’s important to set up a bankroll to make sure you don’t risk more than you can afford to lose. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the Super Bowl and risk more than your wallet allows. To make sure that doesn’t happen, set your wager limits ahead of time.
One of the biggest mistakes that football fans make is betting with their hearts instead of their brains. In order to bet on the Super Bowl successfully, it’s important to remove your emotions from the equation. Don’t be a fan entirely; instead, do whatever you can to remove any potential bias and focus on the facts when picking winning bets.
The best way to remove the emotion from the equation is to do your research. Once you are down to the final two teams standing, it’s easy to focus on them and make sure you are dissecting only the essential information.
Once the Super Bowl matchup is established, it’s necessary to study to know those teams inside and out.
As mentioned, sports betting is now legal in the state of West Virginia. You have two ways to do it: online or in person. The latter is referred to as a “retail” sportsbook or one specifically inside a West Virginia casino.
Three West Virginia casinos have retail sportsbooks on site:
To make your Super Bowl bets live and in person, you need to fulfill the standard regulations for casino betting. This includes being of legal age and, if required, being a member of the casino.
Every year, upwards of 110 million people living in the US tune in to watch the Super Bowl. When you consider the millions of viewers from around the world that are watching, too, that number grows significantly.
In addition to the Super Bowl game itself, many other factors that make the event the spectacle it is. From the pregame content to the halftime performance to the postgame celebrations, there is always something happening.
Of course, the sports betting community can bet on a lot of these elements, including how long the national anthem performance will be to the color the Gatorade. It’s the combination of all these events that make the Super Bowl so much fun. Don’t miss your chance to try and turn the spectacle into a profitable day at the sportsbooks!
If you want to bet on the Super Bowl in 2020, you should definitely stick to legal online sportsbooks for all of your sports betting. Unlike offshore sports betting sites, where your money is at risk, the legal online sportsbooks launched in 2019 are all regulated.
Betting with a regulated sports betting site ensures your money is protected, and you have a proper process to claim your money in case of any disputes. With good quality legal sportsbook options in West Virginia now available, and more on the way, there’s literally no reason to take a chance at an unlicensed sportsbook for your safety and security.
The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers have each won the Super Bowl six times. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers each have won five times.
Four teams have never played in a Super Bowl:
The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills have both played in four Super Bowl games and have lost four times. The Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are in a three-way tie for second as they’ve played in two Super Bowl games and each lost both times.
The Miami metropolitan area and New Orleans have hosted the most Super Bowl games at 10 times each. Los Angeles is second with eight while Tampa Bay is in third place with four hostings.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl seven times, which is the most of any stadium.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won six Super Bowl games, which is the most of any player.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has won the most Super Bowl games among coaches. He’s earned it six times.
The highest-scoring Super Bowl was in 1995 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26. The teams combined to score 75 points.
In 2019, Super Bowl LIII proved to be the lowest-scoring NFL championship ever. The Patriots won 13-3 as the two teams combined for just 16 points.
The most significant margin of victory in a Super Bowl came in 1990 when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos by 45 points. The final score was 55-10.
Yes, only one Super Bowl has gone into overtime: Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to tie the Atlanta Falcons at 28 before eventually winning in overtime.
The 1982 Super Bowl is the highest-rated Super Bowl ever.
It had a 49.1 household rating, which means that 49.1% of American households watched the game. Super Bowl XLIX had the highest viewership, as 114.4 million Americans watched the game.
The favorite has covered the spread 27 times, the underdog has covered 23 times and the game has pushed twice.
The over has cashed in 27 Super Bowl games while the under has cashed 25 times.
Typically, the team that wins also covers the spread. In the history of the Super Bowl, only six times has a favorite won but failed to cover the spread. That happened in 2009, 2005, 2004, 1996, 1989 and 1976.
In 1969, the Baltimore Colts were installed as an 18-point favorite against the New York Jets, making the Jets the biggest underdog in Super Bowl history. The Jets stunned Baltimore with a 16-7 victory.
Every season, the 32 NFL teams compete for six available playoff spots in each conference.
Four teams earn postseason berths for winning their division titles. The two other teams that finished with the next-best records in their respective conferences receive wild card playoff spots.
The top two teams in each conference are granted bye weeks for the first round of the postseason. The remaining four teams in each conference compete in the wild card round.
The winners from the wild card round will advance to the divisional round. The final four teams left standing, following the divisional round, advance to the conference championship games. At that point, the two teams left standing in each conference go head-to-head with a Super Bowl berth on the line.
The conference champions then advance to a one-game Super Bowl that determines the NFL champion. The last team standing walks away with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Unlike in other professional sports where teams compete in series’ for the chance to win a title, the Super Bowl is unique in that it has a one-game, winner-take-all format.