Do you like throwing away money on the Super Bowl? If you don't have $231,000 to plug down on a JerryWorld suite for one day, there are still ways to get rid of it.
How about side bets? No sporting event in history has trickier little enticements to extract you from your money.
BoDog has its odds out on the Super Bowl Prop bets. Some are funny. Some will make you scratch your head. Some are just good odds making.
BoDog has put out 167 prop bet categories, some with as many as 24 options. I'm surprised they don't have a prop on getting carpal-tunnel if you try every bet.
We'll only discuss the sillier bets. What better for a Silliman? If we dwelt on "Heads or Tails" or "Who will win the Coin toss?" we'd be here all night. Besides, those are even bets where you pay out 5% ($105 to win $100). You can't pat yourself on the back even if you win.
I learned a few things by studying the odds, things most football bettors probably already knew, like 1) more football games end with a total score on odd numbers (-135) than even (+105), or that even though the oddsmakers have installed the Packers as three-point favorites, they don't expect the difference to be exactly three points (+375 or you put up $100 and get back $475 if it's exactly three) to "No" at (-550 or you put up $550 to get back $650).
The longest odds are on the "exact scores" bets. Those are like picking roulette bets. For instance if you think it's going to be a defensive battle for the ages and one team might shut out the other you could clean up.
If Green Bay scores no points, you get 50/1; Pittsburgh with a goose egg and you get 40/1. However if either team only gets two points and you pick it, you walk away with 3000/1.
Too preposterous? If you still think it'll be a defensive slug fest you can wager both teams will total 8 to 14 points and catch 75-to-1 odds.
Some of these bets, and I'll note them as we go along, look like they could be rigged. I'll mention those.
Some other bets give you long odds but they're pure sucker bets, as in "no way in heck are these going to happen." I'll point those out, also.
Ready for the slide show? Enjoy.