Fun, frolic and finance. Maybe even high finance.
They could be separate buzzwords for West Virginia bettors regarding the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.
DraftKings and Caesars Sportsbook have posted an options smorgasbord, with more unfolding daily.
Let’s examine zany and crazy prop bets at DraftKings and observe serious handicapping on some wagers presented by Caesars.
Super Bowl LVI odds at West Virginia sportsbooks
At DraftKings WV, you can take aim at kicking props.
Everybody loves the “doink.” Will a kick hit the upright? It is +400.
Both kickers, Evan McPherson and Matt Gay, have been solid in the postseason. But one long field goal, especially near the end of the half, that’s doink-able.
Some fans are seeing the octopus bet for the first time. It’s +1400 at DraftKings, and it is awarded if the same player scores both the touchdown and the two-point conversion. That’s a total of eight.
This was almost unheard of until recent years. Few teams went for two-point conversions. Now they do.
What’s a Super Bowl without a doink and an octopus?
Some obscure long shots pop up on the board, too. Will either team suffer a sack on the first play of scrimmage? is +2500.
Will any team commit a turnover on its first play? is +2000.
Can a team notch a touchdown on the first play? Yes is +2500.
Who will win the coin toss? That’s an even chance on both sides, with a little juice. Heads and tails are both -105. When handicapping no longer makes sense, take the coin flip.
And then think about what’s essentially a parlay. Can the Bengals win the toss and then the game? That’s +350.
Can the Rams ride a successful coin toss to a triumph? That’s +170.
The fabled Gatorade prop also is back. Clear is the favorite at +200. Orange always gets a lot of betting love and is +300.
Betting on Super Bowl LVI props
In another realm, some props are bolstered by recent stats and sentiment. Let’s check an assortment of prop bets from Caesars WV.
Most of the action is on McPherson to hit at least two more field goals, with the over collecting 93% of the total number of tickets and 83% of the total dollars wagered.
The over on McPherson kicking points (7.5, -115), has been popular too, racking up 92% of the total number of tickets and 95% of the total dollars wagered.
Gay is also at 1.5 made field goals (over -125, under -105) and 7.5 kicking points (over -115, under -115).
He’s captured 89% of the total number of tickets and 76% of the total dollars wagered for over 1.5 made field goals. He’s at 66% and 76%, respectively, for over 7.5 kicking points.
The most lopsided action for Gay has been over 2.5 made extra points (+105), which has nabbed 99% in each category.
Will Money Mac reward Mattress Mack?
Caesars happily reported that Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale placed the largest mobile bet in Caesars Sportsbook history.
He’s wagering more than $4.5 million on the Cincinnati Bengals (+170) to win the Super Bowl over the Los Angeles Rams.
The payout would be more than $7.7 million.
How much of that will be riding on the leg of Evan McPherson, rightfully dubbed “Money Mac?”
The fifth-round rookie has gone an astounding 12-12 on his field goal attempts in the playoffs and made three game-winning kicks on the final play.
Even with McPherson making four field goals in each of the past three games, his prop is set at 1.5 (over -130, under +100) for Super Bowl LVI.
That’s a reasonably attainable number, although the over costs some significant juice. Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook, said:
“In 20-odd years of doing this, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kicker prop in the top 10 of props. At the moment, McPherson over total field goals made is the seventh-most popular prop by tickets. He’s been money, and seeing a kicker in the top 10 is fabulous, because it just shows how much interest he’s garnered.”
Skill position props for Bengals vs. Rams
Sportsbook bettors also have been wagering on Rams skill position props for Super Bowl LVI.
The highest skill position yardage prop total belongs to Cooper Kupp. He finished with the most receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in the NFL this season, and he has also been a major factor in the postseason.
His receiving yards prop has climbed to 106.5 after opening at 102.5. Kupp also has touchdowns in all three of the Rams’ postseason wins.
The attention on Kupp makes Odell Beckham 0Jr. a potential sleeper.
His 113-yard effort in the NFC Championship Game against the 49ers was his first triple-digit performance all season.
Beckham’s receiving yardage prop resides at 63.5, while his receptions prop of 5.5 (over +120, under -150) ranks second on the Rams to Kupp (8.5, over +105, under -135).