How to Bet on Football - Let’s Bet the Super Bowl!
There is no bigger American sport being wagered on than the NFL and when it comes to the league’s global showcase, the Super Bowl, the money pours in from professional, recreational, and even one-time bettors alike.
If you have been sitting on the sidelines, and a bit reticent about asking one of your buddies how to bet the Super Bowl and where to bet it, then look no further.
We are here for you because everyone needs to crawl before they can walk. Betting on football is easy but betting on the Super Bowl is also a blast.
So, grab a helmet and get into the game because at the end of this article you will know exactly what to do and how to do it!
The most popular wager is betting on a team to cover the spread. In Super Bowl 54 we have the Kansas City Chiefs as 1 ½ point favorites over the San Francisco 49ers. Now remember, there is no home field advantage for either team as the game is being played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The point spread is used to even the playing field and in Super Bowl 54, the oddsmakers believe that most of the betting public will favor the Chiefs to a small degree and the 1 ½ point spread reflects that opinion.
Therefore, if you believe the Chiefs will not only defeat the 49ers but win by two points or more then you should put a wager on Kansas City. However, if you feel San Francisco has a better chance of winning, and getting a 1 ½ point head start makes it even more enticing, then the 49ers are your team. Simply add 1 ½ points to the 49ers score at the end of the game and if that number is greater than the number of points the Chiefs scored then you have a winner on the 49ers.
For example, if the Chiefs win the game 34-33 then Kansas City fans will cheer their new Super Bowl heroes but those who bet them -1 ½ points won’t be nearly as elated because 34 is less than 33 + 1.5 which equals 34.5 for the 49ers. However, if KC wins the game 35-33 then the Chiefs will not only win the game but “get the cover” as well which means they won by enough of a margin to eclipse the point spread (35 is greater than 33+1.5=34.5).
Before each game the oddsmakers put a total out which is what they believe will be the total number of points scored at the end of the game. In Super Bowl LIV the total is, coincidentally, 54 at many of the best online sportsbooks, like 5Dimes. If you believe this game will be low scoring then you should plunk a few bucks under the total. All that means is that you believe that the sum of the points scored will be lower than 54 and it doesn’t matter which team wins or loses, only the two scores added together counts.
Therefore, if the final score is Chiefs 21 – 49ers 17 then all you do is add up 21+17=38 and as we all know, 38 is less than 54 so anyone going under the posted total of 54 would win their wager while those who bet over would lose. The same would be true for those betting over if the sum of the scores between the two teams was greater than 54, then all those who believed this game would be a shootout would win their wager.
Where to Wager?
Betting the point spread and the total are the two most popular bets but there are literally hundreds of other proposition bets that are part and parcel of the Super Bowl betting experience. If you were toread a 5Dimes review over at Sportsbook Review you would see the legions of people who attest that 5Dimes is one of the preeminent online sportsbooks in the world and one that pays off in a timely fashion to those who made a successful wager and want to cash out.
Those who are new to the world of sports betting should understand that not all sportsbooks are created equally and 5Dimes is one of, if not the, very best in the business. It’s one thing to sweat the game but never the payout.
So good luck in all your future wagers and make sure to do your homework before signing up with any online sportsbook.