Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will likely be the most-bet-on U.S. sporting event in history, as $1 billion in legal wagers are expected to be placed.
The Super Bowl is one of the most popular betting days of the year, and bettors can wager on pretty much everything, including things unrelated to the actual gameplay. These are called “prop bets,” and some of them cover things like the coin toss and what color the Gatorade shower for the winning coach will be.
For people not familiar with oddsmaking, a “-” symbol indicates a favorite and a “+” symbol indicates an underdog. For example, a $100 bet placed on a +200 side would net a $200 profit, in addition to getting back the original $100. For favorites, it would take a $150 bet to win $100 on something with the odds -150. You can use a probability calculator for a more conventional percentage breakdown.
The below odds are courtesy of legal U.S. betting operator DraftKings
unless otherwise indicated.
Coin toss outcome
Heads or tails? The coin toss is the simplest bet on the board. Every year, this bet returns to the list of available Super Bowl bets — people can’t stay away. Even though a coin toss is a 50/50 gamble, people historically bet on heads at a 56% rate, according to BetOnline.ag.
Will an Extra Point or Field Goal Attempt Hit an Upright? (Excludes Crossbar)
Color of Gatorade poured on winning head coach
Commonly known as the “Gatorade shower” for the winning coach. Last year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was doused in blue Gatorade when his team won the Super Bowl.
Will there be an octopus?
Perhaps the most fun sounding prop bet available this year. Sadly, there (likely) will be no physical octopus on the football field.
An octopus is a stat and/or occurrence during an NFL game when a player scores a touchdown and the ensuing two-point conversion. According to the Action Network, there have been just 169 octopi in NFL history since the two-point conversion was introduced in 1994.
Will there be a Scorigami?
This prop bet from Fanduel’s sportbook asks if bettors think a “Scorigami,” an exact final score that has never happened in NFL history, will occur during this game.
For example, no NFL game has ever ended with the final score 50-30, according to data from NFLScorigami.com.