Popular Super Bowl Bets and West Virginia Sports Betting Lines

Posted on January 31, 2019

With less than a week until Super Bowl LIII, it’s time to get serious about betting the big game.

West Virginia sports betting includes plenty of betting options so football fans to get some skin in the game.

Mountain State residents can place their wagers for Super Bowl Sunday at of the six West Virginia sportsbooks:

Now that most sportsbooks have released all of their available bets, casinos are able to report on what the most popular bets are thus far. Of course, you can wait until the weekend to make a wager, but many seasoned gamblers tend to bet as early as possible to secure a line or odds they favor.

Popular Super Bowl bets

To no surprise, betting the New England Patriots is very popular early on. After being an underdog for the first time in 68 games in the AFC Championship, the majority of bettors have begun backing Tom Brady and the Pats as favorites in the Super Bowl.

According to ESPN, 86 percent of the moneyline and point spread bets at the DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey is on New England.

In fact, the William Hill Sportsbook, which services the Mountaineer Casino, has increased its point spread from Patriots -2.5 to Patriots -3. The movement wasn’t influenced by a large wager, but rather just consistent money coming in on the favorites. The majority of books still have the line at -2.5.

Another popular bet that shouldn’t surprise anyone is the over 56.5. DraftKings NJ is also reporting that it’s taking a lot more action on the over than under.

More often than not, amateur bettors tend to side with the over simply because rooting for an under to hit is very stressful and almost counterproductive when trying to watch an entertaining game.

Both teams have plenty of offense so it makes sense that the over will get the majority of bets leading up to Sunday. Don’t be surprised if the line moves up a half point or so. The over has cashed in five of the last six Super Bowls.

Super Bowl props bets are fan favorites

On Thursday night, The Westgate in Las Vegas released 442 prop bets to the public. Within three hours of betting, the sportsbook took in more than $400,000 in props with a limit of $2,000 per wager.

Two of the most popular props offered each year is the coin toss and the question of will there be a safety.

Despite the improbability of a safety, bettors typically will take the “yes” option because of its large payout. The sportsbook at Caesars Palace has reported that 91 percent of bets have been in favor of the safety occurring, which opened with +600 odds. Caesars also stated that more than 71 percent of the money gambled on the coin flip has been on heads.

Don’t take away our prop bets

Even though there’s excitement around Super Bowl prop bets every year, the NFL is strictly against them. Some league officials believe that because most props are based around one single player or statistic, that they’re much more open to corruption than regularly offered bets.

In September, NFL Executive Vice President Jocelyn Moore, spoke in front of Congress pleading the league’s case. Moore said,

“These types of bets are significantly more susceptible to match-fixing efforts, and are therefore a source of concern to sports leagues, individual teams, and the athletes who compete.”

She added:

“To address concerns regarding risky betting fixtures, we encourage Congress to allow professional and amateur sports organizations to identify which types of bets simply pose too significant a risk to the integrity of sports and to work with regulators not to authorize them.”

On the other side of the coin, sportsbooks love offering fun prop bets, especially for the Super Bowl.

Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, said:

“We’ve been doing this for many years, and this issue is way overblown. With the exception of the Super Bowl, player props are a tiny portion of the business — a fingernail on the world’s biggest man.

“Prop betting on the Super Bowl is quite popular and keeps people engaged throughout the game, even if it’s a blowout. We’ve never seen evidence of a player prop being manipulated.”

Part of William Hill and most sportsbooks’ efforts to ensure there isn’t cheating on props is done by setting a limit on these wagers. As mentioned, the Westgate’s restriction is $2,000 while William Hill’s is typically set at $500 or $1,000.

The NFL may dislike that prop bets exist, but until there is a proven case of a player or referee affecting the outcome of a bet on purpose, then props are likely here to stay. At the very least, all of the props for Super Bowl LIII will remain available.

WV sports betting makes its Super Bowl debut

The weather might be frightful, but that won’t stop West Virginians from betting on the Super Bowl. It is the first time sports betting on the Super Bowl is legal in the Mountain State. There is currently one WV online sportsbook perfect for those looking to stay in the comfort of their home.

BetLucky Sportsbook provides mobile sports betting for Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island. They have all the standard bets, plus plenty of prop bets, too. Players do not need an account to view lines, just the app.

Below are some of the lines BetLucky is offering as of Jan. 30.

Moneyline:

  • Patriots, -140
  • Rams, +120

Point Spread:

  • Patriots -3
  • Rams +3

Over/Under at 57

First team to score first:

  • Patriots, -120
  • Rams, -100

Will there be a safety?

  • Yes, +550
  • No, -850
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Chris Imperiale covers sports betting and the online casino industries. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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