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8 February 2016
By Gary Trask
As predicted here two weeks ago by veteran bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, Super Bowl 50 was indeed "historic."
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced late Monday that the $132,545,587 wagered on Sunday's Broncos-Panthers game at Nevada's 194 sports books smashed the previous record of $119,400,822, set two years ago when Seattle thumped Denver, 43-8.
That's the tails vs. heads tally on Super Bowl coin tosses. That's right: In 50 Super Bowls there have been 26 tails and 24 heads, explicit proof as to why betting this prop is a true "coin flip." Speaking of the coin toss, the NFC has now won 17 of the last 19 at the Super Bowl.
5. 85% to 60%
Back on Championship Sunday, most books opened Carolina as a 3.5 favorite in Super Bowl 50, but rapidly had to hike the line due to massive amounts bet on the Panthers. On Jan. 29, William Hill reported that 85% of the tickets bet on the game were on Carolina, resulting in the line going to as high as six points. But on Saturday and Sunday the Denver money started to matriculate, and at kickoff William Hill wasn't quite so lopsided, with just 60% of the action on the Panthers.
The cross-sport prop bets are increasing in popularity every year, and one of the more lopsided ones was the number of points scored by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant against the Warriors on Saturday night (-6.5) vs. Peyton Manning's completions. This bet was pretty much decided before the Super Bowl even kicked off after Durant poured in 40 points, meaning Manning would have needed 34 completions to cash. Of course, he fell far short of that, connecting on just 13 passes, for a final tally of 40-19.5.
The percentage of tickets at William Hill Sportsbook that were on the "Yes" for the Super Bowl prop bet "Will there be a successful two-point conversion?" The "No" was -350 and the "Yes" paid +290, which explains why there were loud screams of joy last night at sportsbooks when Manning hit Bennie Fowler to convert the lone two-point try in the game with 3:08 remaining. Casino City's Aaron Todd was one of the many bettors celebrating, since he used it as one of his top 10 Super Bowl prop bets and found even better odds of +330 at the Westgate.
This was the first year Las Vegas sportsbooks were allowed to post odds on the Super Bowl MVP, and it turned out costing them. Denver linebacker Von Miller, who collected the award following a six-tackle, 2.5-sack performance, opened at 25-to-1 at some books and received significant action — so much so that he was bet all the way down to 12-to-1 at Bovada Sports, but there were also plenty of outlets at 20-to-1 just before kickoff.
1. 4 and 6
Let this be a lesson to serious sports bettors: You need to shop lines and have more than one "out" if you want to make money in the long term. Case in point was the discrepancy on the Super Bowl point spread on Sunday morning, according to SportsInsights.com. If you liked Carolina, the line was as low as -4 (-116) offshore at BetCRIS Sportsbook, and if you liked Denver you could have grabbed as high as +6 at Bovada Sports. Of course, in the end, it didn't matter on Sunday. as the Denver cover was never in doubt. But over time, being savvy enough to find the best number on games will pay huge dividends, especially on key numbers.
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