Super Bowl 2013 Prop Bets That'll Be Fun Even If You Lose

Justin OnslowContributor IIFebruary 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  (Top L-R) Chris Snee #76, Eli Manning #10, Chris Canty #99, Justin Tuck #91 and Zak DeOssie #51 of the New York Giants stand on the field for the opening coin toss against (bottom L-R) Vince Wilfork #75, Devin McCourty #32, Jerod Mayo #51, Logan Mankins #70 and Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Giants won 21-17. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is a lot of fun for a lot of reasons. The game’s big hits and halftime entertainment may hold your attention, but there’s nothing like a good bet to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Whether it’s a bet with a buddy, a Super Bowl office pool for bragging rights or one of the many intriguing prop bets offered by various gambling websites, there will always be a wager or two that will make the game worth watching.

Not everyone is a fan of the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers, but everyone likes winning. We’ll take a look at some prop bets that will make the game more enjoyable, even if the outcome isn’t in your favor.

*Note: All prop bets and odds obtained from


Race to 10 Points

As if football fans don’t already anticipate a lot of offense in NFL games, this prop bet will have fans cheering for even more.

Baltimore has 11/10 odds of being the first team to reach 10 points, while San Francisco is favored in this wager with odds of 8/11. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also bet on neither team making it to 10 points. Bet365 gives 40/1 odds of that happening.

Both teams have terrific defenses, and points will come at a premium in this game. Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco have the ability to air it out and make big plays, though, and a couple big plays might decide the outcome.

Whether you win or you don’t, rooting for lots of scoring is always fun.


Accepted Penalties

Ask a football fan on Monday morning how well the Super Bowl was officiated. Half will probably say the refs did a terrible job, and the other half will still be upset about no-calls and holding penalties.

Any way you slice it, sports fans love to yell at officials, and several betting websites are offering an over/under on the amount of laundry that will litter the field in New Orleans.

Bet365 is offering 4/5 odds that there will be more than 12.5 accepted penalties in the game and 20/21 odds that there will be less. Win or lose, you’ll probably still yell at the officials, and this prop bet is one of the best offered.


Odd or Even Game Total

Anyone with experience betting on football knows the routine. If your team is losing by 9 points and the line is +7.5, all the crazy possibilities of last-second touchdowns and onside kicks begin to seem a little more probable.

Bets like this are entertaining because they keep fans glued to the action, anxious for the next scoring drive or turnover.

The odds of the total game score ending in an even number are 21/20 and 20/27 that it will end in an odd number. Even if math isn’t your strong suit, this prop is a fun wager.


Team to Win Coin Toss

Let’s be honest, if you aren’t getting even money to make this bet, you’re essentially paying a tax on dumb luck. Still, what’s more fun than betting on a coin toss to get the action started?

Bet365 is offering 20/21 odds on this wager, which means you’re not getting a dollar back for a dollar wagered. The house has to collect on something.

Even the fans uninterested in the game can get in on the excitement with a bet like this. And if you should happen to lose the coin toss, there’s still an entire game to enjoy.