Australian-based online bookmaker PointsBet has been busy solidifying its presence in the United States this week.
After becoming an official gaming partner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers franchise, PointsBet inked a multi-year partnership with Twin River Management Group on Thursday to serve as an iGaming skin in the state of New Jersey.
Primary Skin Agreement
The 10-year “primary skin” agreement with Twin River will see PointsBet provide iGaming and online casino services in New Jersey via its mobile app and website. The deal, however, is contingent on Twin River completing its purchase of Bally’s Atlantic City and PointsBet obtaining the necessary state approvals and licenses.
“PointsBet is thrilled to partner with Twin River to offer its flagship online casino product in New Jersey as a complement to its critically acclaimed sportsbook,” noted Manjit Gombra Singh, the firm’s President of Product & Technology. “PointsBet continues to innovate and iterate upon its proprietary technology profile and this agreement is yet another signal that PointsBet remains focused on providing a modern gaming experience for modern times.”
Under the contract, PointsBet will pay Twin Rivers a percentage of the net revenue from iGaming and casino operations in the state. PointsBet will also shoulder all the licensing and regulatory costs during the decade-long partnership. Prior to the deal, PointsBet already had a presence in the state of New Jersey with its sportsbook app, serving as a skin for the Monmouth Park Racetrack in the Meadowlands.
PointsBet is still in the process of developing its online casino products. The company is currently in advanced discussions with numerous live dealer table games and online slot providers. The New Jersey launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2021, or after the debut of its online casino product in Michigan later this year.
Pacers’ Gaming Partner
One day earlier, PointsBet announced that it had signed a multi-year pact to become an official sports gaming partner of the NBA team Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers’ deal will put the PointsBet logo in the “apron” of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The “apron” is the out-of-bounds part of the court between the baseline and the team bench. PointsBet is the first sports betting company to get its logo displayed on that part of the stadium. Earlier this year, PointsBet also announced a deal to become an official sports betting operator of the NBA.
NEWS: @PointsBetIN has announced a multi-year partnership with the @Pacers to become an official sports gaming partner of the team.
Earlier this year, PointsBet announced a deal to become an Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the NBA.https://t.co/Mo3W4nvW9j
The PointsBet logo will also appear throughout the Pacers’ home court, including in phone charging stations and along the scorer’s table. The Pacers are also eyeing to showcase the Aussie sportsbook on their digital platforms as well.
William Hill US entered the history books more than once on Monday.
The London-based sportsbook became the first legal sportsbook to open in the nation’s capital. And by opening at the Capital One Arena, it also became the first sportsbook to be located inside of a sports stadium. The first one was monumental, but the latter is temporary.
The gambling conglomerate’s permanent location inside the arena is the space that used to be occupied by The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille. But with the recent lockdown restrictions, construction has been delayed and isn’t expected to be completed until fall.
With the recent return of most sports though, William Hill and Monumental Sports and Entertainment—who own the arena—decided that DC’s long-awaited sportsbook should be up and running. And since the Wizards and Capitals won’t be playing at their home arena anytime soon, they decided to convert the ticket box area into a temporary betting site.
Joe Asher, William Hill’s chief executive commented:
“It was really driven by the announcement of when sports would resume. Baseball just started up, and the NBA and NHL are starting again…and so with sports back, we wanted to try to get a temporary facility open as soon as we could.”
The temporary sportsbook has seven ticket windows and a total of 10 kiosks. It will be open seven days a week from 11 AM to 11 PM. The space opened last Friday afternoon, shortly after the sportsbook secured its license from the city and hours after the Wizards played their first game in the NBA’s bubble tournament in Orlando.
Last October, Monumental first announced the plan for William Hill to operate a Las Vegas-style sportsbook at the Capital One Arena through its US subsidiary American Wagering Inc. After nearly one year of waiting, legal sports betting has finally arrived at the nation’s capital.
Jim Van Stone, president of business operations for Monumental Sports had this to say:
“We think it’s certainly an exciting moment for us, and we think it’s a really great engagement opportunity for our fans.”
And so, on Monday, the first bets were placed. The ceremonial bets were made by inaugural season ticket holders of Washington’s sports teams. A Wizards fan who has been a season ticket holder since 1973, a Capitals supporter who’s held season tickets since 1973, and a Mystics follower who’s had a season package since 1998 were chosen as the three lucky fans to place the first-ever bets at the sportsbook. All three placed bets on their respective favorite teams.
Mr. Dave Feldman of Ellicott City, MD bet $46 – the number of yrs his family has been a season ticket holder – on @Capitals bringing back home the Stanley Cup!
More betting is expected to come to Washington with the city approving two other provisional licenses. Sportradar Solutions and NYX Digital Gaming, a subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation, have been given provisional supplier licenses which will expire on January 31st, 2021.
Handle19, which is planning to put up a sportsbook at Capitol Hill, submitted a Class B license application that covers venues which are located more than two blocks away from the city’s major arenas. It plans to open in the fall.
Last February, Washington’s MLS team DC United struck a promotional deal with Caesars Entertainment. Although there has been no announcement of any plans to open a sportsbook at Audi Field, William Hill’s opening at the Capital One Arena on Monday could be a sign of great things to come.
If you want to follow along DC’s journey or learn about how other cities are tackling the sports gambling landscape, feel free to bookmark our site for more news updates. Keep up with what’s going on in the US when it comes to all things gambling and sports betting.
February is drawing to a close, which means it’s almost time for the NCAA Tournament. While the NBA is king in terms of popularity in the US, millions of Americans will suddenly transform into college basketball experts at some point over the next few weeks. Filling out a bracket is essentially a rite of passage for Americans nowadays.
The NCAA Tournament is also one of the more popular events for betting on the American sports calendar. Americans reportedly wagered more than $8 billion on the 2019 NCAA Tournament, which was a new record. One would imagine March Madness will continue to set records in that regard moving forward, especially with the way sports betting is expanding in popularity and legality throughout the United States. About 47 million Americans bet on March Madness last year, which comes out to one of every five adults in the country.
Everyone has their own strategy when it comes to filling out their brackets. Some take a deep dive into the numbers in an attempt to become as educated as possible about every team in the tournament. Others take a more simplified approach, like choosing which mascot they prefer or picking a team based on how cool the uniforms look.
Filling out a bracket is hardly an exact science, and the same can be said for betting on the Big Dance.
That said, there are steps you can take in order to give yourself an edge. If you’re new to betting on the NCAA Tournament, be sure to take heed of the following 5 tips that can help you become a profitable college basketball bettor in March.
1 – Seeding Matters in March Madness Betting
68 teams qualify for the tournament on a yearly basis, but all teams are not created equal. In an attempt to keep things interesting, the NCAA convenes a committee of experts in order to seed all 68 teams based on perceived quality. The best teams in the country get higher seeds, while lesser teams get lower seeds.
A well-known program like Duke, North Carolina or UCLA is generally going to be better than the Austin Peay States, UTEPs and Florida Atlantics of the world. This obviously isn’t the case every year, but high seeds generally make for smart bets when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. In fact, no team seeded No. 1 in a region lost their first-round game until Virginia fell at the hands of UMBC in 2018. Before that upset, No. 16 seeds were 0-132 all-time against top seeds in first-round matchups. As of now, the record for 16s is 1-139 against teams seeded No. 1.
In the history of the Final Four, the higher seed has covered the spread a whopping 75 percent of the time. Upsets happen every year, but the smart money is still behind the favorites.
2 – Take Note of Defense
The college game is generally less fluid than the one we see at the professional level. College games are only 40 minutes long as opposed to 48-minute NBA games, and scoring is at a premium. Teams that coast through the regular season thanks to a high-scoring offense usually come to find that breaking down a top-tier defense is more complicated once you get to the tournament.
So, betting on teams that excel on defense is a wise move. Teams that rely too heavily on offense while ignoring the other end of the floor are prone to falling flat in the tournament. One poor shooting performance can lead to an early exit. The defense is all about the hustle. A team that plays with a defense-first approach is more able to grind out a result despite a rough shooting performance than a team that doesn’t give as much effort on that side of the court.
If you’re betting on a quality defensive team, it’s also smart to bet the under in those same games.
3 – Take Personal Bias Out of the Equation
This tip applies to betting on all sports, not just college basketball. In most cases, people like to back their favorite teams to win. If you went to college in Oregon, for example, you’re going to have a hard time not betting on the Ducks to win every game they play. That’s just the nature of being a fan.
However, betting with your heart is an easy way to lose money in a hurry. Fans generally think their own favorite team is better than it really is, which can lead to some disastrous betting decisions. The smartest thing you can do as a bettor is to either avoid betting on games involving your favorite team or take an honest approach to it.
Frankly, the games involving your favorite team will be more fun to watch if you aren’t also having to sweat a point spread along the way. Personal biases also apply to fill out your bracket. Don’t bet on a team to win a game just because you previously picked them to advance to the next round in your office pool.
4 – Don’t Bet on Every March Madness Game
With 68 teams in the field, there are plenty of betting options when it comes to March Madness. The fact that it’s a single-elimination tournament makes the stakes incredibly high. There are also enough games to where you can take a more disciplined approach to the action you want to get.
It can be easy to get caught up in the spectacle of the NCAA Tournament. If you do a basic level of research, you’ll probably start to feel as though you’re an expert. However, part of the charm when it comes to March Madness is the uncertainty. Needless to say, nobody saw UMBC beating Virginia in 2018 before it actually happened. Upsets are the hallmark of the NCAA’s signature event.
While betting on every game might seem fun at first, it won’t take long for you to realize that it was a mistake. Not every game is going to have great value from a betting perspective, which is why you have to be diligent about picking the right bets. Avoiding doubling down and chasing your losses is also a smart way to manage your bankroll.
5 – Location Matters
The NCAA Tournament takes place at a variety of sites all over the United States, and often times the locations are chosen strategically to help higher seeds.
For example, it’s never surprising when a team like UCLA will get a favorable regional schedule that includes games in Los Angeles, San Diego, or some other nearby city.
Home court advantage matters during the regular season, and it’s even more meaningful at “neutral site” tournament games. Fans are more likely to travel in support of their favorite team if the tournament games happen to be located conveniently close to campus. Oddsmakers are on top of things, but any little edge can help you as a bettor.
There are no tried-and-true methods to ensuring that you’ll be profitable in your March Madness betting endeavors. However, following these easy tips will at least give you a head start if you’re dipping your toes into the NCAA Tournament betting pond for the first time.
February is drawing to a close which can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for March Madness.
College basketball is a sport that may have waned in popularity compared to some others in the United States in recent years, but everything changes once the calendar flips to March. There are plenty of people that pay zero attention to college basketball during the regular season that suddenly become experts once the NCAA Tournament brackets are released. Funny how that happens.
While filling out your work bracket and trying to win your office pool is plenty of fun, nothing beats the experience of enjoying March Madness from Las Vegas. While most think of Super Bowl Sunday as the optimal time to head to Las Vegas with your buddies, the NCAA Tournament is on a whole different level. All of Vegas’ best sportsbooks roll out the red carpet for the Big Dance, and with good reason. Americans wagered over $8 billion on the NCAA Tournament last year, and an even higher number is expected in 2020.
Let’s say you’re interested in heading to Sin City for March Madness this year. Where should you go? The following are the 5 best sportsbooks in Vegas for betting on the NCAA Tournament.
The Palazzo may not be as well-known as some of the other options on this list, but watching sports at Lagasse’s Stadium is an experience that is well worth your time. The sportsbook features stadium seating and a phenomenal food menu from star chef Emeril Lagasse. Hence the name, Lagasse’s Stadium.
The sportsbook features a huge central video screen as well as a number of smaller screens flanking it on either side.
The Venetian’s sportsbook, powered by CG Technology, spans 10,000 square feet. The venue includes 118 reservable seats and a bevy of food and drink options, to boot.
You’ll find the betting kiosk on the Palazzo casino floor. If the lines are too long, you can simply fire up the CG Sportsbook app, which is functional anywhere in the state of Nevada.
You won’t be the only one with the bright idea of catching March Madness in Vegas, which means crowds will gather in a hurry. Be sure to reserve your seats and tables ahead of time to make sure you have the best vantage point for taking in all of the action.
Caesars Palace is one of the most iconic properties on the Las Vegas Strip, and with good reason. The resort has just about everything you could ever want in a destination, and that includes a top-tier sportsbook.
Caesars’ sportsbook features an easily-accessible ticket window, and a massive LED video board that ensures you won’t miss a single second of basketball. The sportsbook is also conveniently located right next to the poker room, so you can try your hand at a few card games while you wait for the next basketball game to tip off.
The room at the Caesars Palace features over 140 leather recliners right in front of the aforementioned 143-foot LED screen, so you can sit back, relax, and watch your cash roll in.
The sportsbook at the Wynn isn’t as spacious as some of its competitors’. That said, what it lacks in space, it more than makes up for it with an unrivaled atmosphere. Watching the games with dozens of your not-so-closest friends may not be what you’re looking for if you’re looking for a relaxed environment, but the intimate nature of the Wynn’s sportsbook makes watching the games all the more enthralling.
The sportsbook was also recently renovated, which makes it one of the newer you’ll find on the Las Vegas Strip. The renovations produced a brand-new restaurant as well as a massive 1,600 square foot LED video screen. You’ll find various seats equipped with their own viewing monitors, which give you a close-up view of the action during March Madness.
The sportsbook itself offers a wide variety of props and other betting options like the ones you’ll find in most sportsbooks dotting the Strip. The newly-renovated room gives the Wynn’s sportsbook a different feel, but there are few better places to watch and bet on the NCAA Tournament.
The Mirage is one of the more well-known resorts on the Strip, and its stellar sportsbook is one of the reasons the Mirage is still one of the most glamorous destinations in Vegas.
As is the case with the sportsbooks at Mandalay Bay and Bellagio, the Mirage sportsbook is a smoke-free environment. That alone helps to separate it from plenty of the competition. The book at the Mirage also features enough cashiers to keep the lines moving even on busy days, which is obviously hugely important for an event like March Madness. Bettors will also have no shortage of TV screens, both small and large, to accommodate their basketball viewing needs.
There’s a ton of seating, as well. The sportsbook features 48 desk seats that include their own personal TV screens. Several leather chairs can be found behind the desk seats, with hefty couches lining the back walls. Finding yourself a seat shouldn’t be an issue if you decide to bet on March Madness at the Mirage.
We’d be remiss to identify the best March Madness sportsbooks in Las Vegas without mentioning the crown jewel known as the Westgate SuperBook. The Westgate isn’t located on the Strip, but it won’t take you long to get there, either. Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave.
The Westgate is always among the first in the industry to update their betting odds, which includes an array of props and other wagering options. The SuperBook is called the SuperBook for a reason. This venue accounts for just about 25,000 square feet of space with the biggest LED video wall in all of Las Vegas.
The Westgate’s mobile app is also user-friendly and convenient if you don’t want to spend time waiting in lines at the ticket counter.
The atmosphere speaks for itself, and it’s another place you’ll want to get to early if you want to find the best seats. The greatness of the Westgate is no secret, and the SuperBook has everything a March Madness bettor could ever want and more.
Frankly, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to watching and betting on the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas. Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world for a reason. The 5 sportsbooks listed above have separated themselves from the pack, though, and each of them offers a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else.
The spring is a busy time of year for basketball bettors. College basketball season is winding down, which means the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner. March Madness is one of the most popular sports betting events of the year on an annual basis. In 2019, Americans wagered over $8.5 billion on the men’s NCAA Tournament alone.
The NBA season is also entering its stretch run, with the playoffs on the horizon. The NBA playoffs are a two-month marathon that typically come to a close with the Finals in June. Nowadays, basketball is essentially a year-round sport. You can almost always find some sort of basketball competition going on, even in the middle of the summer, when international tournaments, the WNBA and the NBA’s Summer League are in action.
Betting on basketball can be a profitable endeavor if you’re careful. Avoiding common mistakes is one of the most important things you can do if you want to embark on a successful basketball betting endeavor. Steering clear of the following landmines won’t guarantee success, but it will put you on the right track, at the very least.
The following are 5 easy mistakes to avoid when betting on basketball.
Betting With Your Heart
This rule applies to all sports. Fandom is a very real thing, and people get emotionally tied to their favorite sports teams. As a result, people can be blinded by their fandom, which can lead to some questionable decisions when it comes to betting. One thing you absolutely must do if you want to be a successful bettor is eliminate all personal biases, both positive and negative.
This means you have to disassociate from your fandom when it comes to betting. A lot of people put money on a game in order to make the stakes more interesting.
If you’re a die-hard fan of the Boston Celtics, for example, you will probably want to blindly put money behind them. Placing a successful bet on your favorite team winning is a win-win, right?
Betting with your brain instead of your heart is a winning strategy, though. Far too many bettors let their fandom decide where to put their money when it comes to betting on basketball. Frankly, the best path you can take is to bet on games that don’t happen to involve your favorite (or least-favorite) team.
Ignoring Injury Situations
Injuries play a huge role in all sports betting, and basketball is no exception. Oddsmakers are constantly keeping an eye on the news, as injury situations can change the entire complexion of a game’s odds.
Basketball injury situations tend to be somewhat fluid. In the NBA, we often don’t know whether a certain player is going to play until just moments before the game tips off. The league has tried to crack down on star players missing games for rest purposes, but teams are still engaging in questionable practices when it comes to actually revealing injury information.
Waiting to place your bets until all injury news is reported is likely the best option, if you can make it happen. If you want to take a more risky approach, you can try to take advantage of an early betting line before news officially breaks. If a star player is listed as “questionable” to play in a game with an injury, it’s a 50/50 proposition that he’ll play. That will be reflected in the odds. Placing a bet before the injury news becomes official is one way to potentially get an edge over the books.
Be cognizant of any and all injury information before placing your bets, though. Bettors that ignore such info are subjecting themselves to getting burned.
Basketball season is a long one. Every team in the NBA plays 82 regular season games every year, and that doesn’t include preseason or playoff action. The league has tried to ease the scheduling concerns by stretching the season out over a longer period of time, but things like travel will always complicate the schedule.
As a bettor, checking the schedule before betting is a must. Let’s say you want to bet on a game between the Pistons and Bulls. The Bulls haven’t played in 2 days, while the Pistons are set to play the second night of a back-to-back after playing the night before. Obviously, the Bulls would have an advantage from a rest perspective here. The Pistons, after playing a game the previous night, won’t be as well-rested.
This may sound minor considering professional athletes are capable of handling a rigorous schedule, but you need to take advantage of every potential edge as a bettor. Knowing whether a team is at the end of a grueling road trip or whether a team has had a number of days off really does impact the outcomes of the games.
This is another rule of thumb that applies to betting on all sports. Even the best bettors are going to endure their fair share of losses. One of the main tenets of being a successful bettor is bankroll management. One way to make your bankroll decline in a hurry, though, is to double-down and chase your losses.
No bettor has a 100 percent success rate. Part of what makes sports betting fun is the uncertainty. Picking your spots and identifying value in the odds is hugely important. Some bettors may have a tendency to try and make up for their lost bets by placing an ill-conceived bet on another game that they normally may not have bet on at all. These decisions can often be made in haste without taking everything into account, which is an easy way to lose money in a hurry.
Manage your bankroll smartly. Every bettor endures ebbs and flows when it comes to winnings, but having enough discipline to avoid chasing losses is key to long-term sustainability.
Overlooking Game Location
Home-court advantage is real. Just about every basketball team is going to have a better success rate on their home floor than they will on the road.
Having the support of the home crowd plus the familiarity of the home arena is no small factor.
This goes hand-in-hand with the mistake bettors make when it comes to ignoring the schedule. Let’s say the 32-10 Lakers are set to face the 22-20 Rockets in Houston. The Lakers may have the better overall record, but Houston boasts a solid home record of 18-4. The Lakers, meanwhile, are just 13-8 away from home. You may think the Lakers are the clear better betting option due to their overall record, but Houston’s track record of success on their home court should not be overlooked.
There are plenty of factors in play that you have to consider if you want to make money betting on basketball. There is no single golden rule to follow that will automatically turn you into a winning bettor, but keeping all of these aspects in mind before placing your bets will prove fruitful in the long run.
Taking these factors seriously and treating your basketball betting like a job rather than a hobby will help you inflate your bankroll over the course of the long season.
Things could be going better for Joe Biden. The former vice president was listed as the presumptive favorite to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for president when he entered the race in April of last year. Biden has maintained a steady place at or near the top of most polls for the entirety of his campaign to this point, but things don’t seem to be trending in the right direction.
Heading into the Iowa caucuses a couple of weeks ago, most believed it would come down to a 2-horse race between Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had been polling in first place in Iowa as recently as November, had slid all the way to third.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Iowa caucuses turned out to be a mess. The state’s Democratic Party operatives botched the entire process, and Sanders and Buttigieg wound up finishing in a virtual tie for first place. One thing we also found out was that Biden fared absolutely terribly.
Biden finished a distant fourth in Iowa. That puts the former VP just slightly ahead of Senator Amy Klobuchar (12.2 percent), who is still considered to be a major long shot just to earn the nomination.
Things didn’t get much better in New Hampshire. Sanders and Buttigieg once again finished in the top-two spots, while Klobuchar actually leapfrogged Biden to finish third. Biden wound up in fifth behind Senator Elizabeth Warren with just 8.4 percent of the vote in the primary.
Biden’s Odds Take a Huge Hit
Could Biden bounce back at next week’s Nevada caucus? It’s possible, but momentum doesn’t seem to be in his favor. When I initially broke down the Iowa caucus in early-February, Biden was at +200 to win the Democratic nomination at BetOnline, and he was at +275 to win Iowa. Buttigieg, meanwhile, was at +1000 to win Iowa.
Things have changed quite a bit in the days since.. Sanders, who was a +140 favorite to win the nomination, has seen his odds take a slight hit, as well. Bernie is now at +160, while Buttigieg has improved to +800. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has actually risen all the way to +225 to earn the nomination.
Biden, meanwhile, has dropped to +600. Here are the updated odds to win the nomination at BetOnline:
Odds to Win Democratic Nomination
As you can see, Biden has slipped from +200 to be the nominee down to +600 in the span of a couple of weeks. He’s now third behind Sanders and Bloomberg. Buttigieg has seen his odds improve from +1000 to +800 thanks to his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. Interestingly enough, Warren has dipped quite a bit from +1000 to +2500 following poor results in the first two states.
Biden’s campaign was dealt a serious blow in the first contests of the 2020 election. While Biden has been among the odds-on favorites throughout the entire campaign, it’s not like this result is completely shocking. To put it mildly, Biden’s support has appeared to be downright tepid compared to some of the other candidates vying for the nomination.
Sanders has built a strong coalition that includes many of the voters that supported his surprisingly popular 2016 campaign that fell just short of the nomination. Bernie has essentially trounced Warren’s claim to the progressive vote among Democrats. Buttigieg and Klobuchar are making gains in the moderate lane, which is the space Biden has occupied for most of the campaign thus far. Bloomberg is still something of a wild card.
Is Biden Done?
This is the third time Joe Biden has run for president. He did so in 1988 and 2008, as well. Biden is still in search of his first win in a primary or a caucus despite having run in several different elections. Needless to say, he’s going to actually have to start winning states if he wants to actually challenge for the presidency.
Biden has maintained solid support among minority voters for the duration of his campaign. His status as the former vice president to Barack Obama, a person that remains an incredibly popular figure within the party, is really the only thing left propping up his candidacy.
Iowa and New Hampshire are not the most diverse states. 90.7 percent of the Iowa population is white. 93.2 percent of the populace in New Hampshire is white, too. Things will really get interesting this weekend, when the Nevada caucus takes place.
A week later, we’ll have the South Carolina primary. Both Nevada and South Carolina are a lot more racially diverse than Iowa or New Hampshire, which should help to provide an interesting contrast. Candidates like Buttigieg and Klobuchar have consistently polled poorly among minority voters. While both fared well in white-heavy Iowa and New Hampshire, things could take a turn for the worse for both once a broader group of voters starts to be heard.
If Biden’s claims of support among minority voters are true, then he should be able to make some headway in Nevada and South Carolina. If not, his campaign may well come to a shockingly early end.
Sanders Favored in Nevada
Political betting sites have been handicapping the early-state races thus far. Fresh off a strong showing in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders appears to be a pretty sizable favorite to pick up another win in Nevada this weekend. Here are the latest odds to win the Nevada caucus, courtesy of BetOnline:
Odds to Win Democratic Nomination
A new poll conducted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and AARP Nevada shows that the odds should be in Bernie’s favor. 25 percent of likely caucus-goers support Sanders, while 18 percent are backing Biden. Warren is at 13 percent, followed by Steyer (11 percent). Buttigieg and Klobuchar both earned 10 percent of support among those polled, with another 8 percent still undecided.
While he’s still a +500 long shot in Nevada, that poll should be somewhat encouraging for Biden. He fled New Hampshire to begin campaigning in South Carolina before the NH results had even come in, which was a pretty grim sign of how he expected to fare in the results.
The fact that Bloomberg isn’t on the ballot in either Nevada or South Carolina should be a good thing for Biden. Bloomberg has been steadily rising in recent polls amid his outlandish spending on TV and radio ads. The billionaire entered the race because of fears that Biden was underperforming. As a result, it is absolutely vital for Biden’s long term viability that he get some sort of a positive result before Bloomberg appears on Super Tuesday ballots.
Given the massive -400 odds on Sanders to win Nevada, it’s tough to have too much confidence in any of the other candidates from a betting perspective. Biden could challenge for second, but that won’t do a whole lot for his odds at securing the nomination.
Biden All-In on South Carolina
Biden isn’t likely to win Nevada, which means he’ll have to put just about all of his eggs into the South Carolina basket. Oddsmakers are a lot more bullish on the former VP’s chances of faring well in the Palmetto State than they are about his odds in Nevada:
Odds to Win Democratic Nomination
Biden is a minus-money favorite, but he doesn’t have nearly as big an advantage over Bernie as Sanders has over Biden in Nevada’s odds. I would describe Biden’s early lead in South Carolina as tenuous, at best.
Over the weekend, Biden basically admitted that his campaign is hinging on South Carolina. When asked about whether South Carolina will represent his last chance during an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Biden replied,
“Well, I think I have to do really well in it, but right. We’re just getting to the meat of getting to the number of delegates you need to be able to win this election. And I’m confident we’re going to be in good shape.”
While Biden is putting on a brave face, the fact that some noteworthy black leaders have switched allegiances from Biden to other candidates in recent weeks can’t be a positive sign.
A poll released by Quinnipiac University earlier this month showed that Biden had 27 percent support among African-Americans, which is a slip of 22 points from where his support was before the Iowa results came in. That is an absolutely disastrous number.
Can Biden Rebound and Win the Nomination?
At this point, it’s going to take a Herculean effort for the former vice president to roar back to win the Democratic nomination. Getting decent results in Nevada and South Carolina won’t help. It is absolutely crucial to Biden’s campaign that he win at least one of them. At this point, I don’t have much confidence in either thing actually happening.
While he’s currently leading the polls in South Carolina, what happens a week prior to the primary in Nevada is going to have an effect one way or the other. If Biden finishes anywhere lower than second in Nevada, I would imagine some South Carolina voters that may have been leaning in Biden’s direction may go in another direction. People don’t like to waste their votes on campaigns that look to be sinking ships.
The latest odds suggest that the race to the Democratic Party’s nomination is shaping up to be a 2-man race between Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg.
Bloomberg’s expected gains on Super Tuesday have to be looming over Biden’s entire campaign at this point. If Biden fails to come up with a win in either of the next two states, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if the ex-VP threw in the towel before Super Tuesday even arrives.
I can’t advocate for a bet on Biden to win the nomination until he actually gets a positive result. Taking a flier on Biden to win South Carolina at -130 makes for decent value, but it’s hard to have a ton of confidence in his campaign at this point.
The NBA’s All-Star Weekend is here. That means the only real basketball available to us for the next week or so will be of the college variety, which makes this arguably the darkest time of the year on the sports calendar. Here’s hoping we can all get through it together.
Fortunately, the internet is a wonderful thing. All of the top online sports betting sites have props and lines available in anticipation of the NBA’s All-Star festivities, which get underway on Friday night in Chicago.
Friday brings us the Rising Stars Game and the All-Star Celebrity Game, which features only a handful of actual celebrities. Saturday brings the Skills Challenge, the 3-Point Shootout and the highly-anticipated Slam Dunk Contest. And then the All-Star Game itself goes down on Sunday night.
Let’s break it all down from a betting perspective using the odds available at BetOnline. We’ll get things underway with the least-anticipated activity on the schedule, the All-Star Celebrity Game.
All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Odds
Odds to Win MVP
Chance the Rapper
Anthony “Spice” Adams
Lil Rel Howery
Chef Jose Andres
See? There are a minimal number of celebrities playing in this so-called “All-Star Celebrity Game.” Those that have won All-Star Celebrity Game MVP in the past include such luminaries as Kevin Hart (4 times!), Justin Bieber, Michael Rapaport, Terrell Owens and Win Butler.
Quavo took home the honors two years ago, while Famous Los won it last year. So, it’s no surprise that Quavo (+200) and Famous Los (+300) are the favorites to win it this year in the Windy City.
If you want some value, I don’t mind taking a shot on some of the actual professional basketball players that will be playing. Former NBAers Quentin Richardson (+2800) and Darius Miles (+3300) are a couple of long shots, as are the WNBA’s A’ja Wilson (+3300) and Chelsea Gray (+3300). Each of these 4 people has more basketball talent than all of the other players in this game combined, so there’s the value. I’d take Wilson first out of that group.
Hannibal Buress is a recognizable name, but a heavyset 5’10” fellow doesn’t necessarily profile all that well as a basketball player. I think Chance the Rapper is an interesting candidate at +700. The Chicago native is going to want to put on a show for the home crowd.
Betting on Celebrity MVP is obviously a total crapshoot, but Chance at +700 makes for a solid value option. Otherwise, give me A’ja Wilson to steal the show if you want a long shot at +3300.
The Pick: Chance the Rapper (+700), A’ja Wilson (+3300, for value)
Rising Stars MVP Odds
Odds to Win MVP
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Now we can get to some actual basketball players. This year’s Rising Stars Game features plenty of big names. We have a pair of actual All-Stars in the game in Luka Doncic and Trae Young, as well as a couple of future All-Stars in Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. You can certainly argue that others, like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Devonte’ Graham and Jaren Jackson Jr. have All-Star appearances in their respective futures, as well.
It’s hard not to be attracted to the star-level players when it comes to betting on which of these guys will take home MVP honors at the Rising Stars Game. However, the list of recent players that have won MVP at this game is hardly laden with superstars. Kyle Kuzma won it last year. Bogdan Bogdanovic did so the year before. Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, Kenneth Faried and DeJuan Blair are others that have done so in recent years.
The starters will likely play a few more minutes than the bench players, but it’s worth wondering how much Doncic and Young will feature in this game at all considering they’ll be in action on Sunday. Both are capable of putting on a show in the Rising Stars Game, of course, but I expect both to take a back seat here.
Zion certainly stands out, even as a +250 favorite. Williamson has wasted no time in acclimating himself to the NBA game, and a defense-free environment like the one we’ll see in this game means we’ll be seeing plenty of Zion highlights here. I expect him to put monster numbers on the board here, so I’m having a hard time going against the chalk.
People will be watching for Zion dunks. I expect Zion to comply.
I think there’s decent value in Graham at +2000, while I don’t hate SGA at +1200. I think the American team will likely win this game considering how lopsided the rosters look, which makes me like Williamson even more.
It’s the boring pick, but I think it’s the obvious one.
The Pick: Zion Williamson (+250)
Rising Stars Winner
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that 5 of the 6 best players in this game will be taking the court for the American side. Trae Young, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, Devonte’ Graham and Jaren Jackson Jr. is a fearsome fivesome. Luka is on the other side, but the Team World roster thins out in a hurry.
All-Star contests like this are inherently unpredictable, but I’d be a little surprised if the Americans didn’t trounce the World team here. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
The Pick: Team USA (-7.5)
Skills Challenge Winner
Odds to Win Skills Challenge
We typically associate the Skills Challenge with point guards, but we’ve seen a few big men fare well in the competition in recent years. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Jayson Tatum have all won this competition within the last 4 years. Spencer Dinwiddie won it a couple of years ago as the lone exception.
I think Bam Adebayo could be a dark horse here at +1200, but his lack of range could prove costly in his quest for the title. You have to make a 3-pointer in this competition, and Adebayo is just 1-11 from downtown on the season. That could be the undoing for both Bam and Domantas Sabonis.
Tatum is intriguing at +500 as the defending champion. Dinwiddie (+300) and Gilgeous-Alexander (+400) are obvious frontrunners, while Patrick Beverley is lurking at +600. Beverley is the most fierce competitor in the field, and he’s another guy that could feed off the crowd’s energy in his hometown of Chicago.
Betting on the Skills Contest winner is obviously difficult, but I’ll take a shot on Beverley at +600. I still generally like point guards in this competition, and there’s plenty of value in those odds.
The Pick: Patrick Beverley (+600)
3-Point Shootout Winner Odds
Odds to Win 3-Point Shootout
Former Slam Dunk champion Zach LaVine will be gunning for the 3-point contest trophy for the first time. While the Chicago Bull may have a home-court advantage, I’m not overly bullish on his chances of winning at +1000. Joe Harris (+475) and Devin Booker (+550) are the only participants in this year’s competition that have won it in the past.
Duncan Robinson is probably the least-well-known player on this entire list, but I love him as a +400 favorite here. Robinson leads all competitors in 3-point percentage (43.8 percent) on the season, which puts him narrowly ahead of Davis Bertans (42.4) and Harris (40.8).
I wish Robinson wasn’t the favorite, but the +400 odds are still appetizing enough. I expect the household names like Young, Booker and Buddy Hield to garner most of the betting attention, but give me Robinson at +400. He’s going to put on a show here.
The Pick: Duncan Robinson (+400)
Slam Dunk Contest Winner Odds
Odds to Win Slam Dunk
Derrick Jones Jr.
This year’s field of Slam Dunk competitors features just one former winner, Dwight Howard. Howard returning to participate makes for a nice story, but I’m having a hard time envisioning the the 34-year-old managing to outdo any of the 3 competitors here. Big men have a hard time winning the Slam Dunk Contest to begin with, so I’ll pass on Superman at +450.
Connaughton is the obvious sleeper at +400 considering he’s not a household name, but I think this comes down to Derrick Jones Jr. and Aaron Gordon. Gordon and DJJ both had legitimate claims to victory in their previous appearances in the competition, and I have a hard time imagining one of them not winning it this time around.
Gordon famously dueled with Zach LaVine in arguably the greatest Slam Dunk Contest of all-time back in 2016. Gordon eventually came out on the short end in what amounted to a highway robbery. Jones lost a close contest against Glenn Robinson III 3 years ago.
I think this is Gordon’s contest to lose. Just look at what he did on that memorable night in ’16. If we get more of this, I don’t see how he can’t win it.
The Pick: Aaron Gordon (+150)
All-Star Game Winner
For the second year in a row, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo got to pick their teams by virtue of being the leading vote-getters for the All-Star Game. I understand that Antetokounmpo wants to play with a bunch of his fellow Europeans in the All-Star Game, but what is he doing? LeBron picked a way better team!
The starting 5 for Team Giannis will feature Antetokounmpo, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Trae Young. Team LeBron has James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard. I mean…
Even the reserves look lopsided. LeBron’s bench includes Nikola Jokic, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Devin Booker. Giannis has Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell and Bam Adebayo.
There will be no defense in this game, but based on sheer talent how can you go against Team LeBron here? 5 of the 6 best players in the teams’ respective starting lineups happen to play for Team LeBron.
The Pick: Team LeBron (-5)
All-Star Game MVP Odds
Odds to Win MVP
Russell Westbrook won’t be a starter this time around, but as a 2-time All-Star Game MVP it’s hard not to like the value on Russ at +2000. We know Westbrook is always hunting to pad his stat line, and the defense-free nature of the All-Star Game suits his skill set very nicely. I would definitely be happy to take a stab at Westbrook at the +2000 odds.
Anthony Davis topped the 50-point plateau in winning All-Star MVP 3 years ago as a member of the Pelicans, and now he’ll be taking the floor in his hometown. Hometown narratives are always in play with exhibition games like this one, so I get it if you want to bet on AD at +400.
Luka Doncic makes for an interesting option at +600. This will be his first All-Star experience, and it’s safe to expect the Mavs’ phenom to be included in no shortage of highlights on Sunday night. He and Trae Young (+1000) both profile very well for the All-Star experience.
I’d bet on Giannis (+500) before taking LeBron (+500) at the same odds considering James has won All-Star MVP 3 times in the past. I could see LeBron taking a backseat to others considering he’s been down this road before. Getting his Lakers co-star, Davis, involved early and often wouldn’t be a surprise.
If you want a safe pick, take Davis (+400), Giannis (+500) or Luka (+600). If you want a long shot, I love Westbrook at +2000. It’s the All-Star Game Why not go big with your betting risk?
The 2019-20 NBA season is wide-open. Now that football season is over, we can expect the NBA to move to the front and center of the American sports betting landscape. The Golden State Warriors, who have ruled the league for the last half-decade, saw their 2020 championship hopes dashed when the roster was essentially dismantled over the summer.
The dissolution of the Warriors has led to some fresh NBA betting opportunities. Let’s not forget that Golden State spent the entirety of last season as a minus-money favorite to win the title. The championship ultimately didn’t come to fruition for the Warriors, but their odds of getting back to the top of the mountain were dashed when Kevin Durant decided to leave for Brooklyn in July. That combined with injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have resulted in Golden State plunging to the bottom of the Western Conference.
So, we’re going to have a new Western representative in the NBA Finals. The prevailing assumption for months has been that one of the two Los Angeles teams will take Golden State’s spot atop the conference.
So far, those prognostications are looking smart. As of this writing, the Lakers (38-11) and Clippers (35-15) are occupying the top-two spots in the West.
A title isn’t a foregone conclusion for either team, though. The Western Conference has been deep for years, and there are a few other teams out there capable of making some noise in the playoffs. The team that gave Golden State the most trouble over the past few seasons is among them. That would be the Houston Rockets, who are sitting at 32-18 and in the No. 5 spot as of now.
Houston is basically all-in on this season. The Rockets would have been good enough to win a title back in 2018 were it not for the Warriors, and this season likely represents Houston’s best shot of winning a title with James Harden still in his prime.
Late Tuesday night, Houston reportedly swung a deal that sent center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks in a 4-team trade that landed Robert Covington with the Rockets. After the trade, the Rockets saw their odds of winning the 2020 NBA at most basketball betting sites title improve to +1400. Does Houston make for a viable betting option to win it all?
NBA Title Betting Odds
Houston’s roster shakeup improved their odds, but the Rockets are still quite a ways behind the top-3. The teams with the best odds of winning the championship this season at BetOnline are listed as follows:
NBA Title Odds
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
As you can see, the Rockets share their +1400 odds with the Philadelphia 76ers. Denver and Utah aren’t far behind at +1600 apiece, while Boston and Toronto are both at +1800.
Still, there is a very clear gap between the field and the top-3. The Lakers (LeBron James), Bucks (Giannis Antetokounmpo) and Clippers (Kawhi Leonard) arguably feature the 3 best players in the league. Basketball is a team game, but star power tends to reign supreme in the NBA.
Can Houston Get Past Denver and Utah?
A trip to the NBA Finals has eluded the Rockets since the mid-1990s when they won back-to-back titles. Houston has come close during the James Harden era, but the Warriors have thwarted the Rockets’ title dreams on multiple occasions.
The Rockets have been in wobbly form of late, but Houston is still a lock to make the playoffs. Their chances of making it to the Conference Finals likely depend on which seed they wind up with.
As mentioned, Houston is currently fifth. However, the Rockets are just 3 games behind the Clippers for the No. 2 seed, 2.5 games behind Denver for No. 3 and a half-game adrift of Utah for the No. 4 spot.
It’s worth mentioning that Denver and Utah have had almost zero success against the Rockets during Harden’s tenure. The Jazz were easily beaten in 5 games by the Rockets in the first round of last year’s playoffs. 2 years ago, they lost to Houston in 5 games in the conference semis.
Since drafting Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have gone just 5-11 against the Rockets. Denver does have a 2-2 head-to-head record against Houston this season, but Harden sat out of the Nuggets’ second victory due to injury.
How the Rockets fare without a true center in Capela remains to be seen. Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic have struggled to defend Capela in the Rockets’ screen-and-roll offense over the years. That component missing from Houston’s offense could play into the hands of both Denver and Utah.
NBA Western Conference Title Odds
By trading Capela, the Rockets are fully embracing center-less basketball. The team has been playing the 6’5″ PJ Tucker at the 5 during Capela’s recent injury absence. While Houston is still widely expected to add another center before the trade deadline, one would imagine the Capela trade is a sign that Tucker will be the team’s starting center moving forward.
How that works against teams with legitimate bigs (Jazz, Nuggets, Lakers) remains to be seen. The Rockets have won each of their last 3 games despite having no player over 6’6″ (other than 3 minutes of Isaiah Hartenstein) play a single minute.
Houston has the third-best odds to win the West despite being behind Denver and Utah in the current standings:
Western Conference Title Odds
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers
The Rockets are going to try and barrage teams with 3-pointers. For all intents and purposes, Russell Westbrook may wind up being the team’s biggest rim-running threat now that Capela is gone. Guys like Tucker, Covington, Danuel House and Ben McLemore are going to have all sorts of open looks with defenses keying in on stopping Harden and Russ.
The tiny Rockets may be better-equipped to deal with the Clippers in a playoff series than anybody else. Covington gives the Rockets another wing defender with the size and athleticism to bother the likes of Leonard or Paul George in a playoff series. Covington, Tucker, House, McLemore and Austin Rivers have shown capable defensive chops, while Harden has proven to be an underrated post defender.
Betting Value is There in Houston
Houston may have the fourth-best title odds of any team, but getting through the deep Western Conference before even having to potentially face a dangerous Bucks team in the Finals is an awful lot to ask.
Time will tell if the Rockets have enough firepower beyond Harden offensively. Some teams have opted to throw an extra defender Harden’s way, essentially daring the rest of the Rockets to try and beat them.
Westbrook has been in phenomenal form of late, but teams like Denver, Utah and the Lakers can pack the paint and try to keep him from getting to the bucket at will.
At the very least, I would be willing to take a low-dollar flier on the Rockets’ current +1400 odds. We have never seen a team try to play center-less basketball quite this boldly, and I do think the small-ball could prove to be a difficult matchup for a more slow-paced team like the Lakers over the course of a long series.
The Lakers, Bucks and Clippers are understandable favorites, and all 3 make for solid value bets themselves. If you want more profit potential in your NBA title bet, though, I don’t think it’s crazy to look to the new-look Rockets at +1400.
The political news cycle since Donald Trump took office in January of 2017 has been a whirlwind, but this week in particular is shaping up to be a doozy on that front. On Monday, both sides made closing arguments to the Senate in Trump’s impeachment trial. Later that day, Iowa held its hilariously disastrous caucuses, and we still haven’t heard the results as of this writing.
Those results should come out at some point on Tuesday, but we’ll see. On Tuesday night, Trump will take centerstage as he delivers his annual State of the Union address. On Wednesday, the Senate will officially vote on whether to remove that very same president from office just under 2 months after the House of Representatives voted to impeach him. The Democrats will have a debate on Friday, and then next Monday we’ll have the New Hampshire Primary.
So, there’s a lot going on. Those interested in the political betting scene have a lot to digest, as well. While Trump is essentially a lock to avoid removal from office on Wednesday, this could still be his last State of the Union speech as his first term in office comes to a close in a little less than a year’s time. Trump’s speeches are unique in plenty of ways, which makes trying to peg what he’ll say something of an adventure from a betting perspective.
Oddsmakers have tried their best, though. BetOnline has a slew of new political prop bets posted surrounding what Trump will say at the lectern on Tuesday night. Let’s dive in and try to identify some value.
Trump’s State of the Union Mentions
Will Trump Refer to Nancy Pelosi as “Nervous Nancy” or “Crazy Nancy”?
Trump likes to talk down to people, and his weapon of choice is typically Twitter. Trump fires missives from his @realDonaldTrump account all day, every day, and many of them are slams against his political opponents. Along the way, he has come up for nicknames for just about everyone. During the 2016 campaign, we all heard about “Lyin'” Ted Cruz and “Little” Marco Rubio. Then, it was “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. Now, we are constantly hearing about “Sleepy” Joe Biden, “Crazy” Bernie Sanders and “Mini” Mike Bloomberg.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew Trump’s ire when she lead his impeachment charge late last year. She hasn’t been exempted from Trump’s witticisms, either. Trump has referred to Pelosi as “Crazy” and “Nervous” multiple times. While Trump’s campaign rally speeches have a way of flying off the rails, one would imagine a more serious setting like the State of the Union will result in Trump giving a more measured speech.
Of course, this is still Donald Trump we’re talking about. When have restraints and political norms ever applied to the 45th president? Trump will likely use some of his time on Tuesday night to try and declare victory and total exoneration despite his impeachment. Pelosi will be sitting right over his left shoulder for the speech, as well. Trump’s speechwriters surely won’t actually put “Crazy” or “Nervous” Nancy in the TelePrompTer, but Trump has been known to go off-script plenty during his time in the spotlight. I wouldn’t mind taking a flier on the “yes” side of this prop, simply because we never know what Trump will say. “Yes” at +550 is good value.
As for the other props, Trump will almost surely rattle off a list of some of his accomplishments during the speech. That’s what the State of the Union is typically about, anyway. It gives the president the platform to brag, and we know this particular president certainly isn’t one to shy away from those kinds of opportunities. Trump has long touted his summits with Kim Jong-Un as progress on the North Korea front, while he has maintained that having a friendly relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia would be good for the United States on a long-term basis. Here at the odds on other people Trump is going to mention during the State of the Union:
Will Trump Say Kim Jong-Un?
Will Trump Say Vladimir Putin?
Will Trump Mention the Super Bowl?
Trump has been derided for his seeming favorability when it comes to Putin, so he would be smart to avoid bringing up the Russian president’s name on Tuesday night. As you can see in the odds, the likelihood that Trump brings up the North Korean Supreme Leader is much greater. I’d definitely be willing to take a shot on “yes” at the +110 odds what we get a Kim mention at the SOTU.
Trump might try to talk about how the Kansas City Chiefs will soon visit him at the White House after winning Super Bowl 54, but I can’t see it. He caught plenty of flack for mistakenly tweeting that the Chiefs play in Kansas on Sunday night, but he’d be smart to try and act like that never happened.
Political Betting Picks:
Yes on a Pelosi Nickname (+550)
Yes on a Kim Jong-Un Mention (+110)
Trump’s Non-Person Mentions
Number of Times Trump Says Iran – (4.5)
Number of Times Trump Says China – (6.5)
Number of Times Trump Says Democrat (3.5)
Number of Times Trump Says Economy – (4.5)
Trump’s speeches are known to last a long time. The State of the Union address almost surely won’t stretch as long as some of his campaign speeches, but you never know. One thing’s for certain, though. Trump will try and make the most of his time as the center of attention.
Iran and China have been in the news quite a bit lately for different reasons. We’re about a month removed from Trump nearly starting a war with Iran, while China is in a state of panic over the spreading coronavirus. China is also looming as the most threatening economic adversary to the US, and the 2 sides have been involved in a “trade war.”
Getting VERY close to a BIG DEAL with China. They want it, and so do we!
I’m not overly optimistic that Iran or China will be major focal points of the SOTU on Tuesday night. At least 7 mentions of China is an awful lot to ask. While there is plenty of China-related subject matter, I’d steer clear of both of these props.
Trump will also take plenty of time to tout the economy. Many believe that nothing is more helpful to an incumbent president’s chances of reelection than a strong economy. Despite all of the controversies in which he has found himself, Trump does have favorable economical numbers about which to brag. Trump can help his odds of getting reelected by focusing on the economy rather than getting himself dragged into all of the extracurriculars.
Betting the over on 4.5 mentions of the economy looks like the smart play at -120. If nothing else, Trump’s speechwriters will know that hammering the economy would be a wise strategy to take tonight.
I would also expect the over on 3.5 mentions of Democrats. Trump is embarrassed that he got himself impeached, but he certainly won’t take the blame for himself. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he decided to try and lambaste the Democrats for what he thinks was a politically-driven impeachment process, and I wouldn’t put it past him to try and take a jab at the Dems for the disastrous Iowa caucuses, either.
Political Betting Picks:
Under on Iran Mentions (4.5)
Under on China Mentions (6.5)
Over on Mentioning Democracts (3.5)
Over on Mentions of the Economy (4.5)
How Many Lies Will Trump Spout?
Number of Non-Truths – (27.5)
Let’s just say that President Trump has been a little loose with the facts at times during his time in the Oval Office. The Washington Post has actually kept a running count. As of December 16, 2019, Trump had issued a total of 15,413 false claims or lies over the course of 1.055 days in office. The paper said that Trump lied 1,999 times in 2017, 5,689 times in 2018 and 7,725 in 2019 up to that aforementioned date. That’s an average of 14.6 lies per day!
As you may expect, some of Trump’s prospective opponents in the 2020 presidential race like to point out the president’s willingness to stretch the truth. On Sunday, after Trump made fun of Mike Bloomberg’s height, Bloomberg’s campaign spokesperson told CNN, “The president is lying. He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.” Shots fired!
Being called out on spouting all those mistruths hasn’t affected Trump’s strategy. He’s been lying this whole time, so why would anyone expect him to stop now? The over/under of 27.5 non-truths expected for the SOTU trumps (no pun intended) Trump’s daily average of 14.6, but I still think it might be a little on the conservative side.
Political Betting Pick:
Over on Number of Non-Truths Trump Will Say (27.5)
Designated Survivor Odds
There will be an awful lot of powerful people all congregated in one place to listen to the president on Tuesday night. Fortunately, the US government has plans in place in case something incredibly disastrous takes place. While most of Trump’s staff and cabinet members will be in attendance, there will be one member safely situated outside of the chamber in case tragedy strikes. This person is called the Designated Survivor. Former energy secretary Rick Perry was the Designated Survivor for last year’s State of the Union. 2 years ago, it was Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture.
Here’s hoping Wilbur Ross isn’t the choice. No offense, but this man is 82 years old, going on 210. Ben Carson is one of the few members of Trump’s cabinet that has been here from the start. The vast majority of the people that started 2017 in Trump’s orbit have come and gone. Perhaps Carson’s loyalty will be rewarded, and he’ll get the Designated Survivor tag for Tuesday night. At +500, you can certainly do worse.
Politcal Betting Pick:
Ben Carson Becoming the Designated Survivor (+500)
The 2020 election is still about 9 months away, but the official process will begin in earnest today. If you have been even casually following the presidential campaign to this point, you’ll have noticed that most of the candidates have been spending an awful lot of time in Iowa. That’s because the Iowa caucus, the first official competition in the campaign process, is set to go down on Monday night.
Whichever candidates wind up winning the Iowa caucus will have a leg up on the competition as the race heats up over the next few weeks. The New Hampshire primary will come next, followed by South Carolina and Nevada. 13 other states will cast their votes on Super Tuesday, which is slated for March 3. By then, we should have a pretty good idea as to which candidate will be atop the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket in the fall.
While the Democratic race is garnering most of the headlines, the Republican Party will also be represented in Iowa. Of course, there’s a lot less drama on that side, where Donald Trump is widely expected to cruise to an easy victory. He has a few official competitors, but there’s essentially a zero percent chance the incumbent president does not come away with all of Iowa’s delegates at the end of the night.
While land-based sportsbooks in the US are legally prohibited from offering bets on American politics, there are no such restrictions on foreign or offshore betting sites.
We have already seen numerous shifts in the odds over the past few months, with the campaign having ramped up in intensity.
The Iowa caucus will give us the first glimpse into how the Democratic primary process may ultimately pan out. BetOnline is one of the aforementioned betting sites that has been keeping tabs on the race to this point. Former vice president Joe Biden has been among the odds-on favorites to secure the nomination since he entered the race last April, but he has since seen his odds decline.
A number of other candidates that were expected to be major players have already withdrawn from the race before the first vote has even been cast. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro are some of the candidates that didn’t wind up garnering enough support to even make it all the way to the Iowa caucus.
Here is how BetOnline has the field set when it comes to the Democratic nomination for president:
Odds to Win Democratic Nomination
Senator Bernie Sanders, who became a very prominent figure in the Democratic Party after his surprisingly effective challenge to Hillary Clinton back in 2016, has been rising in the polls in recent months.
The 78-year-old is gunning for the Oval Office in 2020 with the same message he was preaching 4 years ago when he nearly upset Clinton to win the nomination. Bernie’s hyper-progressive and big campaign proposals have once again resonated with prospective voters, particularly young voters.
Sanders’ rise has resulted in Biden’s fall. Biden’s campaign has not taken off the way many believed it would, and he’s certainly not being helped by the fact that he has still not gotten an endorsement from President Barack Obama.
An Obama endorsement would go a long way toward helping Biden reclaim some momentum in the race, but so far that endorsement hasn’t come. That could change at some point, but the 44th president has remained coy about where he will ultimately lend his support in the race. Obama campaigned hard on behalf of Clinton last time around, but he is reportedly against the idea of Sanders representing the party on the ticket later this year.
The Democratic field is a crowded one, and it’s safe to assume that some of these people will drop out of the race after Iowa votes on Monday. Candidates like Tulsi Gabbard (+8000 to win the nomination), Deval Patrick (+8000) and Tom Steyer (+8000) seem to be hanging by a thread. None of these 3 are even close to viable betting options to win the nomination.
There are 2 people listed above that aren’t even in the race. Hillary Clinton (+5000) and Michelle Obama (+8000) are both among those listed with odds, yet neither has indicated much of a desire to join the fray. Clinton has certainly been outspoken against a Sanders nomination, but she has (thus far) resisted any potential temptation to mount another charge for the White House.
Michelle Obama is among the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, but she, too, has passed on the idea of running for POTUS. Obama could potentially cruise to the nomination if she did randomly decide to jump into the race, but it’s likely too late for such a move.
The only halfway-viable betting option among the candidates listed with odds of +5000 or worse to win the nomination is Amy Klobuchar. The Senator from Minnesota shared the New York Times’ endorsement with Elizabeth Warren, and she has gained a little momentum in recent weeks. Klobuchar is certainly still what you’d call a long shot, but a low-dollar flier on her at the +5000 odds isn’t the worst idea.
Klobuchar is a moderate, which is something that appeals to plenty of voters. At the very least, she is a potentially viable alternative to someone like Biden.
Who Will Win the Iowa Caucus?
Firing the first salvo in the race is certainly important from a morale perspective. Whichever candidate winds up claiming Iowa’s delegates will have a head start, but winning Iowa certainly doesn’t guarantee a path to the nomination. Look no further than 2016, when Ted Cruz beat Trump to win the Iowa caucus. Or, perhaps you’ll remember that Rick Santorum somehow beat Mitt Romney in Iowa back in 2012. Needless to say, neither Cruz nor Santorum went on to win their party’s primaries in those years.
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was listed as the odds-on favorite to win the Iowa caucus a little more than a month ago. Once Mayor Pete started to surge in the polls, though, other candidates started to go on the offensive against Buttigieg in very public ways. Warren, for example, lambasted Buttigieg at a recent debate for accepting big-money donations from corporate interests.
Buttigieg has fallen back into the pack almost as quickly as he rose to the top of it. He now has the fourth-best odds to win the Iowa caucus after being a minus-money favorite in early December. The updated odds from BetOnline are as follows:
Odds to Win Iowa Caucus
The Iowa caucus is unique in that Iowans don’t simply show up and vote for their preferred candidate. Instead, the state’s citizens will gather at local centers and essentially hang out with groups of people backing specific candidates.
Candidates must generate at least 15 percent of the vote in order to achieve viability. If a candidate doesn’t reach that threshold, caucusers are allowed to join other groups featuring viable candidates. Or, they can leave. There is nothing forcing people to support a candidate if their initial choice fails.
This process makes Iowa generally less predictable than other states that simply decide who wins based on the total number of votes.
However, you can glean some insight from polling numbers. There are plenty of polls out there that take down a voter’s first and second choices.
Candidates like Sanders or Warren, who are more left-leaning than the rest of the field, are not particularly popular second-choice options for voters whose preferred candidate is a moderate like Biden, Klobuchar or Buttigieg. However, Sanders and Warren are popular second-choice options whose first choice is the other.
Candidates like Buttigieg or Klobuchar figure to fare decently well as second-choice options for some, which keeps both of them somewhat relevant in the race to win the caucus.
Sanders is a minus-money favorite for a reason, though. He has consistently generated the most favorable poll numbers of any candidate in the field in recent weeks, and his rise has caused optimism around Biden and Warren to wane. Sanders has picked up a number of high-profile endorsements along the way, which can’t necessarily be said about some of the other candidates.
As of now, Bernie looks like the safest option to come away with Iowa’s delegates. Unfortunately, there isn’t much profit potential in the latest -275 odds. I think Biden is a fine alternative from a betting perspective at +275, while Warren offers the best value of any candidate in the field at +1000 to win Iowa. The prospects for both candidates aren’t great, but betting on Sanders at -275 offers limited return, as well.
Bet on Bernie?
Sanders seems to be the most popular candidate in the field, and it remains to be seen how the party’s establishment will handle his potential nomination. There has already been talk of a potential contested convention later this year if the party’s brass is not willing to embrace a Sanders nomination.
Figures like Clinton and Obama may try to get involved. Whether either will be able to affect change is unknown. If Sanders dominates the primary cycle, how can the party reasonably take away his claim to the top of the ticket? If Sanders wins Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada before Super Tuesday, he has a legitimate gripe if the powers that be try to thwart his nomination.
One potential wild card is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a late entrant in the race, and he isn’t even on the ballot in Iowa. Instead, Bloomberg is pumping millions of dollars into his campaign with the strategy of trying to make headway on Super Tuesday while passing on the early states.
As a result of all of the different factors in play, betting on Bernie to win Iowa is a lot safer than betting on him to win the nomination as things stand today.
While I ultimately think the Democratic Party will be smart enough to avoid potentially torpedoing their own nominee by trying to strip his nomination, it’s also risky depending on the Democrats to do the right thing.
Biden (+200), Bloomberg (+600) and Warren (+1000) are the best alternatives against a favored Sanders to win the nomination. I think Warren may be the best value here. She seems to be able to bridge the gap between far-left Sanders supporters and middle-of-the-road voters that may feel more comfortable with someone like Biden.
Sanders is the clear top option if you’re betting on the Iowa caucus. If I were betting on the nominee, I’d take a shot on Warren at the current +1000 odds. Bernie is the “safe” choice at +140, while I’d take Bloomberg’s odds (+600) before betting on the lesser value in Biden (+200).
The Super Bowl is the most popular sporting event in the United States on a yearly basis. Super Bowl 54 between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in just over 24 hours will draw hundreds of millions of eyeballs from all over the world. In the United States alone, the American Gaming Association says nearly $7 billion will be wagered on the game.
Let’s say you’re new to the world of sports betting, and you want to get your feet wet with Super Bowl 54. Well, you’ve picked the right event. Betting on the Super Bowl is a unique experience that offers all sorts of options and profit potential.
Placing a bet on the game at a sportsbook is pretty self-explanatory. Doing so online, though, is a different matter. That said, placing a bet on the Super Bowl has never been easier. Read on for the steps you need to take in order to bet on Super Bowl 54.
Find a Safe Super Bowl Betting Site
You might take this for granted if you’re just embarking on a sports betting career, but finding a safe, reputable betting site is arguably the most important step you can take. There are all sorts of sketchy betting sites populating the web. Unfortunately, not every site out there has your best interests in mind.
On the bright side, there are plenty of big-name sites out there that you have probably heard of.
Bovada, BetOnline and MyBookie are 3 of the best sports betting sites in the industry, and you can’t go wrong with any of them from a safety perspective. Check out our list of the best Super Bowl betting sites in order to find the site that best suits your interests as a bettor.
Sign Up and Create an Account
You’ll need to create an account if you want to bet on Super Bowl 54 online. Unless you’re new to the internet as a whole, you’ll be quite familiar with the sign-up process. Signing up for a betting site is hardly any different from signing up for a Facebook account or an online banking account.
Just about every reputable betting site will have a “Join” or “Sign Up” prompt right at the top of the home page. Click that, and you’ll be taken to a screen at which you can enter some personal information, such as your name, password, etc. Verify that you’ve entered the information correctly, and then click your account. It’s really that easy.
Deposit Money and Claim Your Bonus
Betting requires risking money. If you’re going to bet online, you have to have money in your account to start with. Every reputable Super Bowl betting site will offer some sort of sign-up bonus these days. For example, you can earn a bonus of a percentage of your initial deposit up to a certain amount.
So, if you deposit $100 into your account at a site that offers a 50 percent welcome bonus, the site will fund your account with an extra $50 with which to bet. You can’t simply withdraw the extra cash they give you, though. The money is essentially a credit to be used on the site.
You can deposit money into your account via a debit card, credit card, or an eWallet service like PayPal. Lots of betting sites these days even accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a deposit method.
Once you have your account set up and funded, you are ready to get started with the fun part.
Browse Betting Options
As mentioned, betting on the Super Bowl is different from doing so with most other sporting events. Betting sites and sportsbooks tend to go all-out with their offerings in anticipation of America’s biggest sporting event every year. Sites are constantly updating their odds to reflect the latest trends when it comes to the Super Bowl.
Under a site’s “Football” tab, you’ll suddenly see a bevy of betting options. Regular game lines, alternate betting lines, team prop bets, player prop bets, halftime prop bets, you name it. If it exists, you can bet on it.
If you’re just getting started, you’ll probably want to kick off your betting career with more standard options like the point spread, moneyline or over/under. As you get more comfortable and figure out how you want to bet, you can move on to other options like props.
The Chiefs have been listed as 1-point favorites to beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 54. This is one of the tightest spreads we’ve seen in any Super Bowl, and both teams have seen their fair share of betting action as a result. Most of the bets have been placed on the Chiefs to cover, but the 49ers have emerged as a very popular option among sharp bettors in the build-up to kickoff.
Let’s say you want to take a risk on the underdog 49ers to win the game outright on the moneyline. All you have to do is find the moneyline tab on the standard betting line for the game, and click the box next to 49ers +105. You selection will be automatically highlighted by the site.
Scroll to the right side of the page to find your “Bet Slip.” Choose “Straight Bet.” After that, you can enter the amount you wish to risk on this particular bet.
The site will confirm your bet before giving you the chance to finalize it. Then, you have to sit back, relax, and hope you’re on the right side of your wager.
Different Super Bowl betting sites have different layouts, but all of them are comparable in terms of what they offer. Navigating your way through the array of odds may be a bit dizzying at first, but you’ll eventually find that placing a bet online for Super Bowl 54 is an incredibly easy and pain-free process.
The Super Bowl is the most-watched television even in the United States each and every year. In fact, the Super Bowl accounts for 19 of the 20 most-watched TV programs in the history of the US. The only exception was the series finale of MASH, which aired in February of 1983. Super Bowl 49 between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, which took place in 2015, accrued a record 114,442,000 viewers.
While viewership was way down for Super Bowl 53 between the Patriots and Los Angeles Rams last February, it still ranks as the 12th most-watched program ever. So, even when Super Bowl ratings are down, they still crush the competition on a yearly basis.
The Super Bowl is also the most popular sporting event from a betting perspective in the US every year. This year’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs is expected to set a new record on that front.
A survey conducted by the American Gaming Association revealed that over 26 million Americans will bet on Super Bowl 54 in some form or fashion, with nearly $7 billion expected to be wagered on the game.
We can expect new Super Bowl betting records to be set in the years to come with the way sports betting is forcing its way into the American mainstream. 14 states currently accept sports bets, and more are set to follow suit in the months and years to come. Sports betting has exploded in the US since the Supreme Court made it legal for states to offer legal sports betting in May of 2018.
Massive bets on Super Bowl 2020 keep coming in. The following are the 10 biggest Super Bowl 54 bets on Chiefs-49ers as of Thursday afternoon.
10. $110,000 on Over 52.5 Points (Westgate Las Vegas)
It’s safe to say the over has been the most popular bet at this year’s Super Bowl. Oddsmakers initially set the over/under for the game at 51 points, but the betting public has been hammering the over ever since. That has caused land-based sportsbooks and Super Bowl betting sites to keep raising the number.
The over/under as of this writing is set at 54 points. A whopping 85 percent of all money wagered on the total has come in on the over, so the increased number hasn’t led to a whole lot of interest in the under. One well-timed bettor was able to get the over on 52.5 points at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas just a few hours after odds went live.
This bettor slapped $110,000 on the 49ers and Chiefs combining to score at least 53 points in Super Bowl 54 at -110 odds. If the over hits, that bettor will net another $99,990.
9. $115,000 on Chiefs Moneyline (Rampart Casino Las Vegas)
Most sportsbooks labeled Super Bowl 2020 as a pick’em immediately after the matchup was set back on January 19. However, massive amounts of money instantly came in on Kansas City to win the game, which caused oddsmakers to shift their strategy. Ever since, the Chiefs have been listed as slight favorites to win. Most betting sites currently have Kansas City as a 1-point favorite.
The game having such a tight spread means the moneylines are attractive options. You can get the 49ers as plus-money underdogs, but the Chiefs’ ML is still a very alluring bet. One bettor at the Rampart Casino in Las Vegas threw down $115,000 on the Chiefs to win the game outright at -115 odds. If Kansas City wins, the bettor will earn a profit of $10,005.
8. $120,000 on Chiefs -1 (CG Technology Sportsbook Las Vegas)
The Chiefs own the best against-the-spread record in the NFL this season. Kansas City has gone 12-5-1 ATS, playoffs included. That’s a cover percentage north of 70 percent, which is certainly hard to beat. For the sake of comparison, the 49ers are 11-6-1 ATS, which is the fourth-best mark and a cover percentage of 64.7 percent. So, something has to give in Super Bowl 54.
The Chiefs winning the game by exactly a point would obviously be a push. However, 3 of the 10 biggest Super Bowl 54 bets have come in on KC to win by at least 2 points. This CG Technology bettor would earn $109,080 in profit if the Chiefs cover the spread.
7. $120,000 on 49ers Moneyline (Rampart Casino Las Vegas)
I am guessing this bettor is not the same Rampart Casino patron that wagered $115,000 on the Chiefs’ -115 moneyline. Both Super Bowl bets came in last Friday, but this bettor is a bit more optimistic. San Francisco finished the season 13-3 overall, which is slightly better than the Chiefs’ 12-4 regular season mark.
While the other bettor took the Chiefs’ slightly safer -115 odds, this one is taking a shot on the underdog 49ers at +120 on the moneyline. This bet offers way more profit potential, of course. If the bet hits, the bettor will earn a hefty profit of $144,000 on top of his or her $120,000 initial wager.
6. $150,000 on Chiefs Moneyline (MGM Sportsbook Las Vegas)
While the other bettor that took a shot on the Kansas City moneyline got decent -115 odds, this bettor that threw down $150,000 on the Chiefs at the MGM Grand and got -125.
Of course, a wager this large is still going to offer a solid payout, even at minus odds. If Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid and co. are able to lead the Chiefs to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title, this better will still earn another $120,000 on top of their initial risk.
5. $187,000 on the 49ers Moneyline (Hollywood Casino West Virginia)
Here we have our first high-risk bet to come down outside of Las Vegas. One bettor at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia put a hefty sum of $187,000 on the underdog 49ers to win the game as plus-money ‘dogs.
The odds aren’t as favorable (+107) as the moneyline odds our aforementioned Rampart Casino bettor got (+120), but plus-money is plus-money. If San Francisco wins its sixth Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, this West Virginia resident will pocket a cool $200,090.
4. $200,000 on Chiefs -1 (MGM Sportsbook Las Vegas)
A 1-point spread isn’t a pick’em, but it might as well be. One of the good things about prognosticators expecting Super Bowl 2020 to be a tight game is that you can really feel decent about whichever Super Bowl 54 betting wagers you make.
Sure, it will make the final result a lot more gutting if you come up on the wrong side of things, but there isn’t much more risk in betting Chiefs -1 than there is in betting the 49ers as 1-point underdogs.
This MGM bettor in Vegas is the first on our list to crack the $200,000 threshold. If the Chiefs win by at least 2, this guy or gal will take home a profit of $181,800 on top of the $200,000 risk at KC’s -110 odds.
3. $550,000 on Chiefs -1 (Bellagio Las Vegas)
Now we’re talking. I would imagine you have to be pretty confident to be willing to risk nearly half a million dollars on anything, let alone something as unpredictable as Super Bowl 54. The betting public is basically split on what is going to happen on Super Bowl Sunday. 53 percent of the money has come in on the Chiefs to cover the 1-point spread, while 47 percent is on the 49ers.
A lot of that money is coming from this Bellagio patron, who slapped $550,000 on Kansas City to take care of business. If the Chiefs get the job done, this person will bank $499,950.
2. $684,000 on 49ers +2 (DraftKings Sportsbook New Jersey)
The Chiefs have been 1-point favorites for the majority of the last couple of weeks, but some sportsbooks took so many Super Bowl 54 betting wagers on KC that they had no choice but to push the spread even further. The DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey had the 49ers as 2-point underdogs at times earlier this week.
One bettor is trying to capitalize on the opportunity. They got -114 odds on San Francisco to cover the 2-point spread, which obviously offers a bit more leeway than the +1 number we’re seeing just about everywhere else. If the Niners do cover, this risk-tolerant bettor will profit $599,868.
1. $1 Million on 49ers Moneyline (MGM Mirage Las Vegas)
As of now, we have just one bettor on record that has been willing to risk at least $1 million on a single Super Bowl 54 bet. As it turns out, you’ve probably heard of him if you have been keeping up with betting news over the past few months. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the Houston-based furniture salesman that made headlines for betting around $11 million on his hometown Astros to win the World Series last fall, is the person putting $1 million on San Francisco to win the Super Bowl outright.
Mattress Mack also placed two separate Super Bowl bets worth $500,000 apiece on the Titans to beat the Chiefs as underdogs in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs beat the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round, so perhaps that’s what has caused Mattress Mack to take such an anti-Chiefs stance over the past few weeks. His other recent bets obviously haven’t gone well, but if he hits on the 49ers’ moneyline at +120, McIngvale will win an extra $1,200,000.
Super Bowl LIV is now just days away. Football fans across the country are flocking to different online sportsbooks to make their last-minute wagers on the big game. Fortunately, there are more Super Bowl betting sites and apps available in the US than ever before. Today, I’m going to breakdown some of the best Super Bowl betting apps available throughout the country.
A huge number of fantastic online sportsbooks offering odds on the 2020 Super Bowl. It’s important to note that none of the platforms listed below are true apps that you will find in the Apple or Google Play store. Instead, the sites offer incredible mobile platforms that make it feel as if you’re wagering using an app.
The mobile sites listed below have gained fantastic reputations for offering safe payment options and a wide range of different wagering options.
Let’s check them out!
Best Super Bowl Betting Apps
Bovada – $250 Sports Welcome Bonus
There’s a good chance you’ve heard of Bovada before. This is without a doubt the most popular online sportsbook in the country right now, with massive fan bases in almost every single state. It’s easy to see why exactly this site is such a massive betting platform right now.
One thing that’s helped the site grow is its modern design. Bovada is one of the best-looking online sportsbooks in the world and is incredibly easy to navigate. Finding the sporting event that you want to bet on is incredibly easy.
There are a couple of reasons why this is one of the best Super Bowl betting apps available right now.
First, it offers a huge list of Super Bowl betting options. The prop bets, in particular, are fantastic here. You’re able to bet on just about everything including the halftime show and color of Gatorade thrown on the winning coach.
The other reason why Bovada is such a fantastic app for betting on the Super Bowl is its quick and easy payment system. Making both deposits and withdrawals are extremely easy with this site. Check it out for yourself today to see what I mean.
MyBookie – 50% Sports Sign-Up Bonus Up to $1,000
Over the past few years, MyBookie has grown to become one of the very best sports betting websites in the country. It’s interesting, considering this is one of the oldest online sportsbooks in the country. There’s no doubt that this is one of the best Super Bowl betting apps currently operating.
MyBookie.ag is a site with a hardcore fan base. At first glance, you’re able to see just how many amazing wagering options are available. This includes more than just sports, too. MyBookie allows you to make bets on things like movie outcomes and award shows.
You’re able to easily locate the odds that you plan to use. Unsurprisingly, Super Bowl betting options are located prominently on the homepage of this website.
This is another one with a wide range of different wagering options for the big game. A simple bet on the winner is easy. Want to bet on things like the total rushing yards? That’s easy too.
The mobile platform of this site is even better than its desktop version.
MyBookie has gained a massive fan base around the country, and for good reason. It’s modern, safe, and offers odds on just about everything you could think of. Check for yourself why so many consider this one of the best Super Bowl betting apps in the US.
BetOnline – $1,000 Welcome Bonus
Sometimes, a simple betting site is just what you need. That’s what BetOnline offers. It’s not the flashiest online betting site currently operating, yet it provides bettors with a clean, simple platform to wager on a variety of different sports.
There are some that criticize the site for its appearance. It’s not difficult to see why. Unlike Bovada and MyBookie, this site doesn’t look incredibly modern. Don’t let that turn you off, though!
BetOnline is a fantastic desktop site. Interestingly, more people are choosing to make wagers through this betting platform using their phones now. The simplicity of this website is what’s helped it grow so popular.
There are some fantastic Super Bowl betting options here, too. Prop bets are available on things like how many field goals are scored and what the margin of victory for either team is.
If you’re not into all the bells of whistles, BetOnline is likely one of the best Super Bowl betting apps available. It’s safe, easy to use, and odds some fantastic odds.
I think most US sports bettors would agree that these are the three best Super Bowl betting apps currently available. There’s no way to say which of the three is the best. Take out your phone and check to see which one is your favorite.
Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl 54 is just over 72 hours away. Millions of Americans will gather around to watch television’s biggest spectacle on Sunday evening when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Miami.
While plenty of people will host Super Bowl parties at their homes, many will decide to watch the game at a bar or restaurant. The Super Bowl also happens to be the biggest betting event in the US on a yearly basis. As a result, thousands will make their way to visit Las Vegas in order to get some action on the game.
If you’re not a die-hard fan of the Chiefs or the 49ers, putting some money on the game is a way to make things more exciting. Sportsbooks all over Sin City will be showing the game’s live broadcast on CBS. You’ll have to make a reservation at most casino viewing parties considering these events fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate to get your name on the list.
The following are the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas for betting on Super Bowl 54.
The Westgate may not be located on the famed Las Vegas Strip, but the SuperBook is perhaps one of the best places to watch the 2020 Super Bowl in town. The SuperBook calls itself “The World’s Largest Las Vegas Sportsbook” for a reason.
The SuperBook’s oddsmakers are constantly updating their 2020 Super Bowl odds and they’ll be taking bets on the game all day long. The massive venue occupies more than 30,000 square feet of space that includes over 350 seats and a massive 220-foot video screen.
The SuperBook boasts the largest wagering menu in the entire state of Nevada, and you can keep track of the super bowl betting you do using the Westgate’s easily-navigable mobile app.
You can also make a reservation to catch the game in the SuperBook’s VIP Section. The venue includes VIP Booths and VIP Pods with ample seating for you and your entire viewing party. A fully-stocked bar and a special food menu will keep you satisfied as you sweat your bets on Super Bowl 54 Sunday.
The sportsbook at Caesars Palace isn’t the biggest one you’ll find in town, but it does feature a recently-reimagined viewing screen comparable to the aforementioned facade at the Westgate.
Caesars renovated its sportsbook a couple of years ago, and the new product is one of the best viewing and Super Bowl betting experiences in Las Vegas. Every seat for the Super Bowl 2020 at Caesars is reserved, and they’ll cost you a minimum of $100 just to get in. While the price is a bit high, it’s worth it. One of the Super Bowl 2020 packages available to guests features all-included food and drinks. If you don’t want that package, Caesars’ sportsbook is conveniently located right next to one of the best food courts in Vegas.
While the sportsbook doesn’t offer as many lines for betting on Super Bowl 2020 as the Westgate, the VIP seating arrangements makes for an intimate Super Bowl 54 viewing experience unlike any other on the Strip.
Wynn Las Vegas
You’ll find the Wynn at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. While the sportsbook here may still lag behind the Westgate in terms of sheer number of options, the Wynn Las Vegas is likely the most comparable sportsbook you’ll find on the Strip itself.
The Wynn features no shortage of big screens and ample, comfortable seating.
There are plenty of prop bets available, and you can get a seat at the bar without having to pay for a reservation. Those seats are limited, though, so get there early if you want to find a spot.
Drink vouchers are expensive, but likely worth your while if you’re planning on sticking around for the entire game. They can run as much as $250. The overall vibe at the Wynn is a bit more relaxed than the one at the Westgate SuperBook, so if you’re in the market for a more laid-back Super Bowl 54 betting and viewing experience, the Wynn could be right up your alley.
Lagasse’s Stadium at The Venetian
The Venetian may not be as synonymous with 2020 Super Bowl betting as some of the other options on this list, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more impressive overall experience. The Venetian is conveniently located right in the heart of the Strip, so you’re essentially within walking distance regardless of where you’re actually staying.
The sportsbook at The Venetian is larger than the one at Caesars or the Wynn, and Lagasse’s Stadium features stadium-style seating that makes it easy to see the game regardless of where you’re sitting. You have to wager at least $300 in order to get a drink voucher, which is a hefty price, but putting more money on the game is a good way to make Super Bowl 2020 a lot more exciting.
Lagasse’s Stadium is often rated among the best sports bars in Vegas. You’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time if you want to get in, but if you’re bringing a big party it’s well worth your while. You can bet from your table while enjoying some of the best food in town. What’s not to like?
Mandalay Bay is situated on the complete opposite side of the Strip from the likes of the Wynn and Venetian. So, if you happen to be on the south side, you’ll probably prefer to check out the Mandalay Bay. It’s not as easy to get here, but you’ll be pleased with what you find when you do.
The Mandalay Bay features one of the biggest sportsbooks in Las Vegas with tons and tons of 2020 Super Bowl betting options. There is also no shortage of seating and TV screens just about everywhere you look.
As a result, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. If you’re staying at the Mandalay Bay, there is literally no reason to watch Super Bowl 2020 anywhere else.
Best of all, catching the game at the Mandalay Bay is a good way to avoid massive crowds. Because crossing Tropicana Avenue can be a difficult endeavor, most people choose to watch the Super Bowl at some of the Strip’s more central locations. The sportsbook, food and bar offerings aren’t lacking, to say the least.
The American Gaming Association expects Americans to wager nearly $7 billion on Super Bowl 54. The vast majority of that money will be bet at various Las Vegas sportsbooks and casinos. If you can’t make it to Vegas for the Big Game, you can still get in on the action via some of the premier Super Bowl online betting sites.
One of the best things about Vegas is that you don’t need to actually go to a casino or a sportsbook in order to bet on the 2020 Super Bowl. BetOnline, for example, has hundreds of prop bets and alternate lines in anticipation of the big game in addition to the standard point spread, moneyline and over/under options. These mobile apps and sites are accessible from anywhere in Las Vegas and are available in all 50 states.
So, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home or your hotel room if you want to bet on Super Bowl 54 in Vegas. If you’re not interested in dealing with noisy crowds, just fire up your favorite mobile betting app to do some Super Bowl betting instead.
There is nothing quite like watching the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. You have plenty of options at your disposal, so choose wisely! Whether you prefer the experience of catching Chiefs-49ers at a real sportsbook or betting online, Vegas is the place you need to be for Super Bowl 54.
Prop betting has become synonymous with the Super Bowl betting experience. Super Bowl prop bets have exploded in popularity in the years since William “The Refrigerator” Perry plunged into the end zone for the Chicago Bears against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 20. Perry, a 320-pound defensive lineman, scored an offensive touchdown in the game despite oddsmakers slapping 8-to-1 odds on it actually happening.
Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers should be a fun one. The Chiefs have been installed as 1-point favorites at most Super Bowl betting sites, and public money is split nearly down the middle. 44 percent of the money wagered on Super Bowl 54 has come in on the 49ers to cover the spread, with 56 percent coming in on the Chiefs.
The American Gaming Association expects nearly $7 billion to be wagered on the game in the United States alone. If that comes true, Super Bowl 54 will be the most heavily-wagered single game in American history.
While most of that money will be bet on the game’s outcome, many Americans will try their hands at trying to hit on some of the more popular prop betting options.
Prop bets are a fun way to make the game more interesting, especially the things that happen during the game that don’t necessarily have a meaningful impact on the game’s final outcome. Prop bets can make you care about the minutiae, for better or for worse. Bovada, BetOnline and MyBookie all have a slew of props posted online.
Let’s snoop around some of the best Super Bowl 54 betting sites in order to find the best prop bets available as Super Bowl Sunday approaches.
Which Team Will Kickoff First?
Which Team Will Kickoff First?
Odds at MyBookie
Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers
Obviously, this prop comes down to the coin toss. The team that wins the coin toss obviously isn’t a lock to choose to receive the ball first, either. You’re not getting much upside with both teams owning identical -115 odds. Considering it’s the Super Bowl I would imagine both teams would choose to receive first if given the choice, but time will tell.
In case you’re curious, the 49ers have won the coin toss in 4 of their 5 Super Bowl wins. The Chiefs lost the coin toss in their only Super Bowl appearance to date.
Will the Opening Kickoff Be a Touchback?
Will Kickoff be a Touchback?
Odds at MyBookie
The NFL has prioritized safety in recent years, which caused the league to alter its rules when it comes to kickoffs. Kickoff returns are inherently dangerous plays considering the running start both sides are able to get. So, the league pushed the kickoff up to a team’s own 35-yard-line. The move has resulted in the vast majority of kickoffs resulting in touchbacks, and returns are way down.
60 percent of the Chiefs’ kickoffs this season resulted in touchbacks. 50 percent of the 49ers’ kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. San Francisco ranked near the bottom of the league in that department (26th), while the Chiefs were 15th. There is pretty good value on the first kick not resulting in a touchback at +150, especially if the Niners happen to kick first. If the 49ers do kickoff, you’re getting +150 odds on what is literally a 50/50 proposition, based on the aforementioned touchback percentage.
Which Will Be the First Offensive Play?
First Offensive Play?
Odds at BetOnline
This is another prop that depends on the result of the opening kickoff. The Chiefs ran passing plays 61.4 percent of the time during the regular season, which was the 10th-best mark in football. The 49ers, meanwhile, passed just 48.1 percent of the time, which ranked 31st. Jimmy Garoppolo infamously threw just 8 passes in the NFC Championship Game win over the Packers because Green Bay had absolutely no answer for San Francisco’s rushing attack.
It’s safe to assume the 49ers will start things off with a run play if they get the ball first. If the Chiefs receive the opening kick, one would imagine Andy Reid will want the ball in the hands of Patrick Mahomes.
So, if you think the Chiefs will get the ball first, bet pass play at +120. If you think San Fran will receive first, opt for run play at -160.
There’s value in the first play turning into a sack at +1000, but run or pass obviously make for far safer bets.
First Scoring Play of Super Bowl 54?
First Scoring Play?
Odds at BetOnline
Chiefs Touchdown Pass
49ers Touchdown Pass
Chiefs Field Goal
49ers Field Goal
49ers Touchdown Run
Chiefs Touchdown Run
Any Other Chiefs Touchdown
Any Other 49ers Touchdown
The option that seems to stand out the most here is the first score of Super Bowl 54 being a 49ers touchdown run at +500. As mentioned, the Niners are a run-heavy offense, and one would imagine they’ll stick with that strategy as long as it works for them in the Super Bowl. If Kansas City struggles to stop Raheem Mostert and co., there is little reason to believe San Francisco won’t just pound the ground game, as usual. So, the first score being a 49ers touchdown run at +500 makes for a pretty solid, high-upside option.
A Chiefs touchdown pass is understandably the favorite at +250. Patrick Mahomes threw 5 TD scores in the team’s Divisional Round triumph over the Texans, and he followed that up with 3 more in the AFC Championship Game against the Titans. The Chiefs are happy to take to the air, and we know Andy Reid will come in with an aggressive game plan. Seeing Mahomes connect on a big play to Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce early in the game wouldn’t be a surprise, so the +250 odds on a Chiefs TD pass being the first scoring play of the game also makes for a strong bet.
How Many Total Touchdowns?
Odds at BetOnline
If you have the misfortune of remembering last year’s Super Bowl, you’ll remember that the Patriots and Rams combined to muster just one touchdown. Sony Michel plunged into the end zone for a 2-yard score to give New England a 10-3 lead, and that was the game’s lone touchdown. If you want to bet on a repeat performance, you can get the 49ers and Chiefs combining for 1 score at favorable +4000 odds.
This game will be more high-scoring, though. As you can see, BetOnline oddsmakers are more confident that the teams will combine for double-digit TDs than they are that we’ll get another one-touchdown Super Bowl. Thank goodness for that.
The Chiefs and 49ers have combined for 19 total touchdowns through 4 combined playoff games to this point.
Super Bowl 52 between the Patriots and Eagles saw 9 total touchdowns, while Super Bowl 51 between the Pats and Falcons produced 8 scores. 9 touchdowns to be scored in Super Bowl 54 is awfully appealing at +2000, while 8 is perfectly fine at +800, as well. I would certainly bet on 5 or more TDs being scored before considering 4 or fewer touchdowns for this game.
Will Either Team Go Without a Punt?
Will Either Team Avoid a Punt?
Odds at Bovada
Last year’s Super Bowl turned into a punting contest, which was absolutely awful. The Pats and Rams combined to punt the ball 14 times. I’m confident in assuming we won’t get a repeat performance, but I’m also not convinced the game will be so offense-heavy that either team will be able to avoid a punting situation altogether.
Both the Chiefs and Niners have punted 6 times through the 4 combined playoff games to this point. As well as both offenses have played all year long, it’s hard to imagine things go smoothly enough for either of them to avoid a punt over the course of the full 60 minutes.
How Many Penalties Will be Called?
Total Number of Penalties?
Odds at BetOnline
One unfortunate side effect of the NFL’s focus on improving player safety has been a spike in the number of flags we see during the games. The NFL has tried to lessen the impact that officials have on the outcomes of the games, but it’s safe to assume we’ll see a steady stream of yellow flags on Sunday.
The Chiefs ranked 15th in the league with an average of 6.8 penalties per game. The 49ers were more disciplined during the regular season, as they were flagged 6.2 times per game. The teams have combined to commit 28 penalties during these playoffs, though, with both going over their regular season averages. I’m optimistic that we won’t see the game marred by too many flags, but I could also see the referees choosing to crack down on shenanigans during the biggest game of the year.
The betting value, as you can see, lies with betting the over on 12.5 penalties at +130.
How Many Chiefs Will Catch a Pass?
Total Number of Receivers?
Odds at Bovada
Patrick Mahomes is known to spread the wealth. While Hill and Kelce are clearly a couple of his favorite targets, one of Mahomes’ best attributes as a quarterback is his ability to see the entire field. 6 different pass-catchers caught a pass from Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game, while 8 did so in the previous round against Houston.
Blake Bell (2 catches) and Deon Yelder (1) caught passes in that Texans game. It’s not impossible to think that either of them could find their way into a target in the Super Bowl, but those guys combined to catch just 11 passes during the regular season. They’re not typically heavily involved in the Chiefs’ passing attack.
The over is the value at +145, but the under on 7.5 is the most likely outcome (-165).
How Many 49ers Will Run the Ball?
Total Number of Rushers?
Odds at Bovada
The Chiefs like to throw, and the 49ers prefer to run. Mostert accrued 220 yards in the shellacking of the Packers in the last round, while Tevin Coleman topped 100 yards in the Divisional Round against Minnesota. Part of what makes the 49ers such a dangerous offense is the fact that the defense never knows who is going to get the ball. Matt Breida, who is as explosive as any player on the 49ers’ roster, has just 9 carries through 2 games.
Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t have the wheels that Mahomes does, but it’ll count as a rushing attempt if he scrambles out of the pocket or if the Niners run the QB in a dive play in a short-yardage situation.
The Niners can also try something fancy with Emmanuel Sanders or Deebo Samuel running an end-around from the wide receiver positions.
Mostert, Coleman, Breida and Garoppolo are near-locks to attempt at least one rush apiece. That puts us close to the over, but I’m not convinced the Niners will run multiple end-arounds with multiple receivers, either. The under on 5.5 at +170 looks like a strong value bet.
Will a Non-QB Throw a Touchdown Pass?
Non-QB TD Pass?
Odds at Bovada
One of the most infamous plays in Super Bowl history came just a couple of years ago when Eagles quarterback Nick Foles hauled in a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton when the Eagles ran the “Philly Special.” Earlier this season, Emmanuel Sanders connected on a touchdown pass to Raheem Mostert in the 49ers’ win over the Saints in New Orleans.
These offenses are both so good that they rarely need to rely on gimmicks in order to surprise the opposing defense. Trick plays are nothing new in the Super Bowl, though, so I could also imagine both teams being willing to dive into their bag of tricks on the NFL’s biggest stage. I’d prefer this bet if it were merely a non-QB completing a pass, but I suppose betting through Bovada on a non-QB throwing a touchdown at +340 is appealing enough from a value perspective.
Who Will Win Super Bowl MVP?
Who Wins Super Bowl MVP?
Odds at Bovada
Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs)
Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)
Raheem Mostert (49ers)
George Kittle (49ers)
Travis Kelce (Chiefs)
Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)
Damien Williams (Chiefs)
It obviously comes at no surprise to see both quarterbacks listed with the best odds of claiming the Super Bowl’s MVP trophy. Betting on Super Bowl MVP is essentially a bet on which team you think will win. The quarterback of the winning team is the most likely candidate, of course. If the Chiefs win, Mahomes will likely have had an awful lot to do with it.
That isn’t necessarily the case for the Niners, though, as Garoppolo is a less-crucial part of San Francisco’s offensive attack. Mostert and the running game will likely get the Niners across the finish line, which makes Mostert an appealing option at +700 to win MVP. Garoppolo isn’t a bad bet in his own right at +260, but there’s a reason Mahomes is such a heavy favorite. He’s the best player in this game, and Kansas City is the betting favorite to win.
It’s hard to believe that Super Bowl 54 is only a few days away. It feels like only yesterday that the 2019 NFL regular season was just getting underway. Yet, here we are, with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs getting set to square off in one of the most highly-anticipated Super Bowls in quite some time.
There has been rampant betting action on Super Bowl 54 in the build-up to the game, and that will obviously continue through Sunday. More money is expected to be wagered on this Super Bowl than any other single-game sporting event in American history, so there is obviously an awful lot on the line. This is a record we can expect to be broken with each passing year as legal sports betting becomes more prevalent throughout the United States.
You still have plenty of time to get in on the action if you haven’t yet. Kickoff isn’t scheduled until 6:30pm ET on Sunday evening, so you still have time to browse the web in search of the best Super Bowl 54 betting sites.
If you want a one-stop shop, though, you’ve come to the right place. You have no shortage of options when it comes to betting on the biggest game of the year. Frankly, the number of options can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why I’m here to try and help you navigate through it all in order to find what you’re looking for in a betting site.
All of the best sites have different strengths and weaknesses. Some sites offer plenty of prop betting options, for example, while others may offer quicker payouts. Let’s find you the best Super Bowl betting site that suits your needs as a football bettor.
Best Site for Super Bowl Prop Bets – Bovada
The Super Bowl has helped prop betting break into the mainstream. While the vast majority of bets on Super Bowl 54 will come in on the point spread, moneyline or over/under, many choose to focus on the minutiae. You can bet on just about anything Super Bowl-related these days thanks to the popularity of prop betting.
Bovada certainly has you covered if you’re in the market for game-related or off-the-wall prop bets. Bovada is one of the leaders in the online betting industry for a reason. The site offers traditional props such as the passing yardage totals for Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo or whether the first score in the Super Bowl will be a safety. If you’re looking for something a little different, Bovada also has a prop on whether Nike will air a commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick during the game, or whether President Donald Trump will issue a congratulatory tweet to the winning team after the game is over.
Whether the opening coin toss will land on heads or tails has been the most popular prop bet in the lead-up to the game. You can also wager on whether Demi Lovato’s pregame rendition of the national anthem will run over or under 2 minutes, or which color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning coach. Will a Doritos or Pop Tarts commercial air first? Will Andy Reid eat a cheeseburger before the end of the Super Bowl broadcast? Will Floyd Mayweather bet over or under $1 million on the Super Bowl?
Yes, these are all real prop bets, and you can find them all (and many, many more) at Bovada right now.
Best Site for Fast Payouts – BetOnline
Different bettors have different goals when it comes to betting on the Super Bowl. Some wager just to make the game a little more interesting. Others bet because they’re good enough to be professional gamblers. Others do it because it’s fun. Regardless of your motivations when it comes to betting on the Super Bowl, everyone can certainly agree that getting your winnings quickly is of the utmost importance.
The last thing you want to do after placing a successful bet is to wait around for your well-deserved winnings to show up in your account. Unfortunately, some betting sites can take well over 24 hours to get your winnings to you. Some take longer. Back in the day, you could have to wait several days before you could see your winnings in your bankroll. The Stone Age wasn’t that long ago, really.
That isn’t the case at BetOnline, however. The site is one of the more well-known in the American betting landscape for a variety of reasons, one of which is that it is second to none when it comes to offering fast payouts.
Your winnings at BetOnline will typically be available in your account no later than an hour after your bet cashes.
BetOnline is also among the leaders in the industry when it comes to withdrawal options. Seeing your winnings in your account is one thing, but transferring that money into your actual bank account is another matter. BetOnline affords players the chance to withdraw cash via PayPal, or your money can be wired directly into your checking account. If you prefer snail mail, you can also have an actual check mailed to your address within a few business days of your withdrawal request.
If you want to bet on Super Bowl 54 and get your winnings quickly, BetOnline is the site for you.
Best Site for Betting Bonuses – BetNow
The Super Bowl represents the last chance to bet on football for several months. You can always try your hand at the XFL when that gets going in a few weeks, but Super Bowl 54 will be the last NFL game until September. The football offseason is a long one, to be sure.
So, if you’re betting on Super Bowl 54, you’re probably going to go a little harder than you normally might. This is your last chance to bet on pro football for about 7 months. While you definitely shouldn’t go overboard and bet more than you’re willing to lose, having a fat bankroll is useful at this time of the year. That’s why betting on a site that offers big-time bonuses is a must for Super Bowl bettors.
All NFL betting sites offer deposit, reload and referral bonuses, but BetNow trumps the rest of the field when it comes to bonus offerings. If you’re a new customer, you can get a 50 percent bonus on your initial deposit up to $1,000 if you choose BetNow. Some of the site’s competitors have much lower limits on their maximum bonus offers.
BetNow’s refer-a-friend bonus is also generous. If you refer someone to the site and they use your referral link in order to sign up and deposit, you will receive a bonus of 10 percent of that person’s initial deposit into your account. It’s a win-win. You can’t beat the bonuses offered over at BetNow.
Best Site for Alternate Betting Lines – SportsBetting.ag
Oddsmakers are expecting a hotly-contested game in Super Bowl 54. The line for Chiefs-49ers opened as a pick’em at most reputable NFL betting sites, but a flood of public money coming in on Kansas City forced the oddsmakers to quickly adjust. The Chiefs have been a slight favorite leading up to the game. As of this writing, Kansas City is listed as a 1-point favorite at most sportsbooks.
If you’re looking for a slightly different experience, check out the alternate lines offered at SportsBetting.ag. The Chiefs and 49ers are generally considered to be evenly-matched teams, which explains the tight spread. However, SportsBetting.ag has a tab featuring a number of alternate spread betting options on Super Bowl 54.
Alternate betting lines are different from the standard lines you’ll find just about everywhere. Alternate lines adjust the spread slightly by a few points on either side, which effectively affords bettors safer or more risky options, based on the bettor’s preferences.
At SportsBetting.ag you can find lines like Chiefs -3, Chiefs -7.5, 49ers -3.5 or 49ers -9.5. You can even bet on Chiefs -14.5 or 49ers -13.5, if you’re convinced that the game will turn into a blowout in either direction. Alternate lines give bettors a chance to bet on Super Bowl 54 from a different angle, which is a fun and unique experience you won’t find at every Super Bowl betting site.
Best Super Bowl 54 Site for Scoring Props – MyBookie
As is the case with every other site on this list, MyBookie has no shortage of options when it comes to betting on Super Bowl 54. You can bet on standard lines, props, player futures, etc. One aspect of the MyBookie experience that sets it apart from other sites is the array of score-based betting options.
At MyBookie, you can bet on whether the Chiefs or 49ers will win the game by 6 points or more. The 49ers winning by 6 or more is listed at +140, while the Chiefs doing so is at +120. You can also bet on “any other result” at +160.
There is a separate prop for winning margin, where you can wager on whether either team will win by 1-6 points, 7-12 points, 13-18 points, etc. You can bet on whether the first score of the game will be a 49ers touchdown, a Chiefs touchdown, a 49ers field goal, a Chiefs field goal, 49ers “any other method” or Chiefs “any other method.”
You can bet on which team will be the first to get to 10 points, 15 points or 20 points. You can bet on Which team will have the highest-scoring half in the game. As you can see, you can really get down into the weeds with the crazy number of score-related props offered at MyBookie.
Betting on the Super Bowl is supposed to be a fun experience. Super Bowl 54 is expected to be a close, high-scoring game, which opens up countless possibilities for bettors. Each of the top Super Bowl betting sites offers something a little different, so here’s hoping you’re successful in finding the one that suits your betting needs.
Super Bowl 54 is expected to be one for the ages. A year after last year’s snoozer between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, we have what figures to be a thrilling matchup between a couple of teams that have been among the NFL’s elite all season long.
The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have never met one another in a playoff game. Despite being two of the league’s oldest and most iconic franchises, the Niners and Chiefs have rarely crossed paths at all. San Francisco is 7-6 all-time across 13 regular season meetings with Kansas City. The Chiefs picked up a 38-27 win over the Niners in their most recent clash in September of the 2018 season.
Despite the Niners having finished the season with a better record than the Chiefs, the vast majority of the betting action has come on Kansas City to win Super Bowl 54. The game opened as a pick’em at most sportsbooks and NFL betting sites, but oddsmakers quickly shifted the spread in favor of the Chiefs after a massive amount of early money came in on Kansas City.
The betting amounts have evened out since then, but the Chiefs have steadily maintained their status as favorites in the days leading up to the game. As of this writing, BetOnline has the Chiefs listed as 1-point favorites to beat the 49ers.
You can get San Francisco at +105 to win the game outright, while the Chiefs’ moneyline is at -125.
While the Chiefs have the edge, there is clearly plenty of merit to betting on the Niners to pull the upset. Here are a few things that make San Francisco an appealing underdog betting option to win Super Bowl 54.
Nobody Has Stopped This Running Game
Just ask the Green Bay Packers what the 49ers’ strength is. This is a team without many holes, but their offensive game plan is simple. They’re going to run the ball right down your throat, and you’re probably not going to be able to stop them.
The Niners cruised to an easy 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round thanks to a dominant showing on the ground. Tevin Coleman racked up 105 yards with a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Niners rushed for 186 yards on a whopping 47 attempts. Jimmy Garoppolo threw just 19 passes. They didn’t need to throw the ball, so why should they even try?
The NFC Championship Game was one for the ages, as Raheem Mostert racked up 220 yards with 4 rushing scores of his own in the 37-20 demolition of Green Bay. In all, the 49ers accrued 285 yards on 42 attempts for an average of nearly 7 yards per carry. Garoppolo had to attempt just 8 passes all game long.
The Chiefs’ defense is vastly improved over the one we saw a season ago, but I’ll believe someone can slow this running game down when I see it. The Niners have gotten this far without having to really use Matt Breida, who happens to be the most explosive of the 3-headed monster the Niners typically rely on in the backfield. Breida has 9 carries for 19 yards so far in these playoffs.
Kansas City did a good job of slowing down Derrick Henry in the AFC Championship Game, but the Titans were also forced to take to the air more often than they would have liked after falling into a halftime deficit.
The 49ers rushed for 144.1 yards per game during the regular season. Only Lamar Jackson’s Ravens, who ran for an absurd 206 yards per game, were more prolific in the ground game. Suggesting the Chiefs should force Garoppolo to beat them is an easy thing to say, but it’s a much more difficult thing to actually do.
If Mostert, Coleman and co. are able to gash the Chiefs early and often, Sunday could be a long, grueling and unpleasant afternoon for the Kansas City defense.
The 49ers Can Keep Patrick Mahomes Sidelined
Other than taking a physical toll on the opposing defense, controlling the game with the ground attack can also help the 49ers set the tempo of Super Bowl 54. If this game turns into a track meet, the Niners are in trouble. San Francisco has plenty of playmakers, but they’re not an offense designed to run-and-gun with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and the rest of the Chiefs’ high-octane attack.
Slowing the game down and controlling the clock is something the 49ers absolutely have to accomplish offensively if they want to pull the upset. One of the main reasons the Chiefs have garnered so much of the early betting interest is because of Mahomes. Garoppolo is a nice player, but the Chiefs clearly have an edge when it comes to the quarterback position.
I’m not saying Garoppolo is the second coming of Trent Dilfer, but transcendent quarterbacks like Mahomes tend to win games like these.
So, a key for San Francisco will be to ensure that Mahomes will have limited opportunities to inflict damage. The best way to do so is to keep him on the sidelines as the 49ers’ offense manages the game with the rushing attack.
Time of possession is a telling stat in the NFL. San Francisco held the ball for 38 of the game’s 60 minutes in the Divisional Round against Minnesota. The Packers had more possession in the NFC Championship Game, but that had more to do with the Niners being able to break off a number of massive scoring plays that killed possessions early. San Francisco led 27-0 at the half.
The Niners Can Rush the Passer
The 49ers have endured several lean years since losing at the hands of the Ravens in Super Bowl 47. In fact, this was the team’s first season since 2013 with a winning record. Over the course of their 5-year playoff drought, the 49ers have consistently used premium draft picks on players capable of rushing the passer.
Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead are all former first-round picks. Bosa, Buckner and Armstead were all first-round picks by the 49ers, while Ford was ironically the Chiefs’ first-round selection in 2014.
Eli Manning and the New York Giants pulled off two of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in history over the Patriots thanks to the team’s ability to generate pressure on Tom Brady. Brady is a master of picking teams apart when he’s given enough time to see the field. The Giants were one of the few teams capable of rattling the future Hall of Famer.
Obviously, the 49ers need to take a similarly aggressive approach when it comes to squaring off against Mahomes in Super Bowl 54. If the Chiefs’ offensive line is able to protect Mahomes and give him enough time to go through his reads, the Chiefs’ offense will be incredibly difficult to slow down.
According to Football Outsiders’ rankings, the 49ers had the second-best defense in football this season in terms of Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA). Only New England was more prolific on that side of the football. San Francisco ranked fifth in the league with 48 sacks. Kirk Cousins was sacked 6 times in the Divisional Round by the 49er defense, while Aaron Rodgers was sacked 3 times in the conference title game.
San Francisco Generates Turnovers
Rushing the passer is typically thought of as the best way to slow down an elite offense. Obviously, taking the football away is the other. The 49ers are elite in terms of pressuring opposing quarterbacks, and they also happen to be elite in terms of generating turnovers.
Winning time of possession is important to an offense. Winning the turnover battle is often even more indicative of how a game will pan out. Whichever defense gets more takeaways has a clear advantage. The 49ers have been a whole lot better than the Chiefs in that regard.
Kansas City employs a bend-don’t-break type of defense. While opportunistic takeaways are nice, the Chiefs’ defensive success is a lot more predicated on luck than that of the 49ers.
The Niners have forced 5 turnovers through their first 2 postseason games. The Chiefs have only forced one, and it came on a kickoff return against the Texans. The defense is still looking for its first takeaway of these playoffs.
The 49ers ranked sixth in the league in takeaways during the regular season with a higher interception and fumble recovery rate than the Chiefs. Kansas City intercepted just 5 passes all season long, while the 49ers picked off 13.
The Super Bowl 54 Betting Value is Obvious
As mentioned, oddsmakers see this game as a toss-up. There’s a reason the matchup began as a pick’em. The only reason the Chiefs are favored is because the majority of the betting public sided with Mahomes and Kansas City early on.
Would either result truly surprise you? Certainly not. The 49ers have shown that they’re capable of beating anybody. So have the Chiefs. This figures to be one of the more closely-contested Super Bowls in quite some time, which is why there is so much anticipation.
Prognosticators seem to think this game could go either way. If that’s the case, the odds clearly don’t reflect it. The deluge of cash coming in on the Chiefs has left the 49ers in the enviable position of being plus-money underdogs.
Betting on a plus-money ‘dog in a game that seems to be a 50/50 proposition is generally appealing. The 49ers have looked like a championship-caliber team since Week 1, and they have been able to overcome a steady stream of injuries along the way. The Chiefs have been more up-and-down. Kansas City has Mahomes, but let’s not forget that the Ravens were the talk of the AFC all year long. Kansas City flew under the radar, for better or worse.
If Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo can execute an efficient game plan and stick to the script, it’s going to be very hard for Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense to find a consistent rhythm.
Combine that with Robert Saleh’s aggressive and ruthless defense and you have all the hallmarks of a Super Bowl-winning squad.
The game having a 1-point spread is just silly. Who on earth would bet on the Niners to cover a 1-point spread at -110 when you can simply bet the San Francisco moneyline at +105? The 49ers literally cannot cover a 1-point spread and lose. So, if you think they’re going to win, just take the plus odds that come with the moneyline. The conversation shifts if the line moves to KC -1.5, but as of now that SF moneyline just stands out as an obvious value.
The 49ers look awfully tempting as a betting underdog heading into Super Bowl 54.
Super Bowl 54 is just over a week away. On Sunday, February 2, millions of Americans will gather around the TV set to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL couldn’t have asked for a better matchup. The league’s biggest game features two of the NFL’s oldest franchises going toe-to-toe in the Super Bowl for the first time ever.
Television ratings for Super Bowl 54 are going to be massive. There will also be no shortage of betting interest. Sportsbooks all over the United States are expecting Super Bowl 54 to smash all sorts of records. Billions of dollars will be wagered on Chiefs-49ers, with the vast majority of that coming via online betting.
Let’s say you can’t get to Vegas to watch the Big Game, but you still want to get in on the action from a betting perspective. Which are the best online betting sites for Super Bowl 2020?
We’ve done our research and found these sites to be fast paying, and most reputable sports betting sites on the market today. You can dive right in and start betting today or continue reading our in-depth write up of each sportsbook and what makes them the best.
We’ll break down each site into different categories such as payout speed, banking options, different bonuses available, and site reputation.
Get Super Bowl 54 Winning Payouts in 24 Hours on Bovada
Bovada has been one of the leaders in the American sports betting scene for years. With more and more states now legalizing and regulating sports betting, it’s safe to assume that Bovada will continue to grow in the US. So, it should come as no surprise that Bovada checks in as one of the best betting sites for Super Bowl 54.
New customers looking put some money down on the Super Bowl will receive a 50 percent welcome bonus on their first deposit up to $250 at Bovada. So, if you deposit the full $250 into your account, you stand to earn an extra $125 just for signing up. Not too shabby! This is only good for your first deposit onto the site, but Bovada also offers certain reload bonuses for subsequent deposits. Players can deposit with all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard) as well as Bitcoin, if they so choose.
Customer service and fast payouts are absolute musts when it comes to finding the best Super Bowl 2020 betting sites, and Bovada checks both boxes. Bovada has live agent on call and ready to help you navigate your way around the site or answer any questions you may have about their offerings. Bovada will also pay out all winning bets within 24 hours, which is something that sets them apart from much of the competition.
Most importantly, Bovada has no shortage of options when it comes to betting on Super Bowl 54. Oddsmakers have been tweaking the odds ahead of the game with each passing day in order to keep up with trends. In addition to the standard bet types (spread, moneyline, etc.) Bovada is also offering countless prop bets and live betting options.
Super Bowl 2020 Bonus on Every Deposit on BetOnline
While Bovada offers a healthy first deposit bonus, BetOnline offers a bonus on every deposit you make on the site. That’s hard to beat. BetOnline has a clean, simple and easy-to-navigate layout, which is obviously a plus if you’re in the market to bet on Super Bowl 54. You don’t need to be wasting your time trying to find your way around a confusing betting site.
Whether you want to bet on the spread, moneyline or total of Super Bowl 2020, BetOnline has you covered. You can also combine multiple selections into a parlay via their user-friendly display. Parlay payouts top out at $150,000.
BetOnline is a trusted site accessible to American bettors interested in getting some action on the Super Bowl. After creating your account, submitting your deposit and collecting your deposit bonus, all you have to do is scroll over to the “NFL” tab on the left side of the page, where you’ll find their numerous Super Bowl betting options. BetOnline is offering a number of props related to the game as well as in-game betting for those interested in keeping the action going after kickoff.
BetNow Offers Sign-Up Bonuses
Those that bet on last year’s snoozer of a Super Bowl between the Rams and Patriots will be hoping for a better outcome this time around. The two teams combined for just 16 points and one total touchdown in one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory. On the bright side, most are expecting more fireworks this time around between the 49ers and Chiefs.
First-time depositors at BetNow will receive a sign-up bonus of up to 50 percent on deposits up to $1,000. That’s more bang for your buck than you’re getting for your initial deposit onto Bovada, and it can set you up perfectly to enjoy your Super Bowl 54 betting experience.
BetNow customers can also reap the benefits of the site’s refer-a-friend bonus. If your friend signs up and deposits at BetNow via the link you shared, you will receive a 10 percent bonus on their deposit from the site.
You can bet on almost anything Super Bowl 54-related at BetNow. Touchdown props, field goal props, Super Bowl 54 MVP, quarter props, you name it. The site even has tabs for all Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo prop bets. As is the case with every Super Bowl 2020 betting site on this list, BetNow’s interface is easily-navigable and aesthetically pleasing.
Earn by Referring Super Bowl 54 Bettors to SportsBetting.ag
SportsBetting.ag is offering an appealing referral bonus specifically geared toward Super Bowl 54. You can earn up to 200 percent on your friend’s initial deposit up to $200, which will certainly come in handy ahead of the biggest football game of the year. New customers can also receive a first deposit bonus of 50 percent up to $1,000.
SportsBetting.ag accepts online customers from all 50 states, and they’re one of the few sites left in the industry that offers live poker and casino games in addition to their wealth of sports betting offerings. The site doesn’t have a spotless track record, but it does seem to have turned things around since 2012. Since then, there have been very few noteworthy complaints about the site’s reputation, which is certainly a plus if you’re looking for a safe, reputable and quality Super Bowl 2020 betting site.
The layout is extremely similar to the one you’ll find at BetOnline, and the site is yet another that features countless Super Bowl betting options. Prop bets, player props, halftime show props, alternate Super Bowl betting lines, you name it.
Great Deposit and Withdrawal Options on MyBookie
MyBookie is one of the biggest names in the American sports betting industry. The site boasts that its oddsmakers have come up with the most prop bets available ahead of Super Bowl 54. In addition to the usual props you’ll find just about anywhere, MyBookie has props such as total touchdowns by both teams, exact number of touchdowns scored and whether either the Chiefs or 49ers will score a defensive touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Clearly, MyBookie is going all-out for the Big Game. First-time depositors can secure a sign-up bonus of 50 percent up to $1,000. The site is also offering its own version of the popular party game Super Bowl Squares. You can purchase any number of squares across a number of different buy-in tiers. You can find Squares contests with buy-ins as low as $1.25 per square and as high as $275 per square, so there is something for everybody.
Quality customer service, quick payouts and a variety of deposit and withdrawal options make MyBookie a prime spot to bet on Super Bowl 54.
Try the New Betting Site XBet for Super Bowl 2020 Wagers
The first-time deposit bonus at XBet (50 percent up to $300) may not be quite as attractive as the one you’ll find at some of the site’s competitors, but it is still one of the best and cleanest sites at which to bet on Super Bowl 2020. The refer-a-friend bonus can also net you an additional $100 to throw into your Super Bowl betting bankroll.
XBet is relatively new on the scene compared to some other more established names in the industry. Even so, the experience is generally a pleasant one, and the site offers competitive and constantly-updating odds. The site has seen consistent improvement over the past few years, as well.
You won’t find quite as many prop bets for Super Bowl 54 as you will elsewhere, but XBet is a safe site that checks just about all necessary boxes.
You obviously have plenty of options out there if you’re interested in betting on Super Bowl 54 online. The sites listed above all have their pluses and minuses, but all of them are also among the industry leaders in quality and reputation.
If you’re looking for fast payouts, a variety of deposit methods, quality customer service and countless Super Bowl 54 betting options, these 6 sites have you covered.