The Super Bowl is more than the NFL’s biggest game of the year. It also marks the biggest day of the year in online sports betting. Studies from the American Gaming Association (AGA) show up to 22.7 million Americans bet approximately $6 billion on the Super Bowl each year.
No other single sporting event attracts as much attention from bettors. And nothing gets the average American more interested in laying down a bet than the Super Bowl.
The number of Americans who will bet on Super Bowl LV in 2021 will be significant as online and mobile sports betting is now available in well over a dozen states including Pennsylvania. Before you bet on Super Bowl 55, here’s a look at betting on the Super Bowl in PA.
DraftKings Sportsbook is a behemoth in the fantasy sports industry and made the leap into sportsbetting as soon as it was legalized in the first US state.
DraftKings offers dozens of Super Bowl lines including the moneyline, point spread, and totals bets along with a considerable variety of Super Bowl game props, player props, and parlays.
Here’s just a sample of your Super Bowl betting options:
DraftKings also runs a free Super Bowl Squares contest, offering anyone in the country the chance to win a share of a $50,000+ prize pool.
FanDuel Sportsbook has all the standard moneyline, point spread, and totals bets for the Super Bowl plus a wide variety of game props, player props, team props and parlays for the Super Bowl.
FanDuel also offers players a free Big Game Bingo contest for the Super Bowl with different pop culture and sports props, giving players the chance to win a share of a $25,000 grand prize or 1,000 FanDuel points to use in future contests.
Expect Fox Bet to offer much more than the standard moneyline, point spread, and totals bets. FOX Bet has a variety of props, promos, and free contests ahead of the game.
You can walk into any retail sportsbook in PA and bet on any NFL game during the season, any playoff game and, of course, Super Bowl 55. Super Bowl betting is also available via online sportsbooks and sportsbook apps in PA for faster and more efficient betting on the big game – especially live, in-game betting.
Sign up for an online sportsbook through one of our exclusive links and you’ll find the current Super Bowl markets listed directly in the lobby. Standard single-game wagers like point spreads, moneylines and totals will all be available ahead of the game and during the game.
Hundreds of player and team prop bets will also be available, but don’t expect to find outlandish props like those surrounding the halftime show performance yet. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) isn’t likely to approve any props that aren’t directly on the game.
Before the Super Bowl 2020 matchup is determined, or even before the NFL season has begun, you can bet on the next Super Bowl champion via a futures bet.
The NFL season began as scheduled in 2020 and the favorites to play in Super Bowl 55 should come as no surprise.
Given their strong seasons last year and the returning stars leading the way, sportsbooks are laying the lowest odds on the Super Bowl 54 champion Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens to win the 2021 Super Bowl. The 49ers, Saints and Cowboys aren’t far behind while the now-Tom-Brady-led Bucs have drawn a lot of interest, too.
Here’s how the real-time Super Bowl 55 odds stack up for PA bettors. Click any odds to jump right to the respective sportsbook and claim your bonus.
Live betting allows you to bet on Super Bowl 55 at odds that adjust throughout the game, depending on the action. You can do this at any retail sportsbook in PA, but the odds on the bet you want are quite likely to change by the time you get to the betting window.
That’s why it’s best to save the live betting for your favorite PA sports betting app, where there’s no waiting in line; betting with live odds is simply a click away.
DraftKings and FanDuel are at the top of the mountain when it comes to live betting . Each will have standard moneylines, point spreads, and totals live betting markets open throughout the Super Bowl. Plus, each will also have a variety of Super Bowl 55 props you can bet on at odds that will continually adjust throughout the game.
You may have heard about some crazy Super Bowl prop bets over the years, like bets on what songs the halftime show artists will play or if the national anthem singer will forget the words.
The PGCB tends to be strict, restricting prop bets to one-the-field action. That will still make for an extensive list of game and player props and parlays you’ll can bet on in the days leading up to Super Bowl 55.
Standard Super Bowl props include:
Expect dozens more, including a Super Bowl MVP market. While the real outlandish Super Bowl prop bets won’t be legal in PA, you should be able to bet on things like:
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes unsurprisingly backed up the early odds to win MVP at Super Bowl 54 last season.
A QB winning the award is also not much of a surprise. A quarterback has earned the MVP award 30 times in the Super Bowl’s 54-year history. That’s obviously more than half the time, making it a good bet a quarterback will win it every year.
The odds are so much in favor of a quarterback winning MVP that an excellent way to predict the Super Bowl MVP is to just pick the favorite and go with that team’s QB.
Odds for Super Bowl 55 MVP will be released as soon as the two teams are set.
Licensed PA sportsbooks offer a variety of lines on the Super Bowl. Basic Super Bowl betting lines include:
PA sportsbooks will also allow you to combine any two or more of these basic bets into a parlay. Parlays pay better odds than individual bets. However, you must win all bets that are a part of the parlay for it to pay out.
If you’re not quite ready to put a bet down on the Super Bowl 55 winner, there are a few high-value free Super Bowl contests you can try out as well.
Last year DraftKings again offered its free Super Bowl Squares contest that offered anyone in the US the chance to win a share of a $54,000 prize pool. It’s a standard squares contest like the one you might find at your office or local bar.
You pick a square, DraftKings randomly attributes numbers to the squares, and those that match up with the last digits of each team’s quarter of halftime score win.
If history serves for Super Bowl 55, DraftKings will likely up the prize pool to $55,000.
FanDuel runs a free Super Bowl contest called Big Game Bingo. It’s a bingo card full of props offering the chance to win a share of $25,000 or 1,000 FanDuel points to use in future FanDuel daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests.
Super Bowl DFS contests are unique in that they surround just the one game, blurring the lines between fantasy sports and sports betting. For Super Bowl 54 DraftKings ran a $4 million Super Bowl Millionaire contest, which is similar to its popular Millionaire Maker contest.
FanDuel offered its own $3M Big Game Bowl. Both paid out $1 million to the winner.
Both DK and FD run various other guaranteed prize pool Super Bowl contests. Both sites also run head-to-head, 50/50s, double-ups, and multipliers surrounding the Super Bowl.
The broadcasting rights for the 2021 Super Bowl belong to CBS. Cable viewers can find the game on local CBS affiliates. Viewers who have cut the cord will find that CBS is also available through various streaming platforms.
If you’re betting on the Super Bowl for the first time, try these three tips:
Super Bowl betting has evolved from a handshake wager between friends and fans to a multibillion-dollar business. Things have become so crazy over the years that we’ve seen some outlandishly huge bets.
In Super Bowl LIII alone, someone bet:
The Patriots won 13-3, meaning that point spread bet paid off, but the sportsbooks kept that $2 million Rams moneyline bet.
An AGA study revealed that 1.8 million Americans planned to bet on the game illegally through a bookie. Plus, millions more were expected to bet illegally through offshore online sportsbooks.
Of course, the number of Americans who will bet legally in 2021 will be higher. That’s because licensed retail sportsbooks have launched in 13 states, and online and mobile sports betting is up and running in several of them, including Pennsylvania.
With online and mobile sports betting in full swing in PA, sports betting operators set a handle record in November 2019, taking in over $316.4 million in bets. The total amount of money bet via online and mobile reached $266,740,919, representing more than 84.25% of the overall handle in PA.
Pennsylvania hosts two NFL teams, and both can call themselves Super Bowl champions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are among the most successful franchises in NFL history. In fact, Pittsburgh is tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl titles at six.
The Steelers have been to eight Super Bowls, tying them for the second-most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history.
The Steelers’ six Super Bowl victories occurred in:
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII in 2017, marking the club’s first Super Bowl win.
The Eagles made it to Super Bowl XV in 1981 but lost to the Oakland Raiders. The franchise’s second Super Bowl appearance came at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, where the Eagles lost to the Patriots.
The Steelers are tied with the Patriots for the most Super Bowl wins at six.
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are tied for the most Super Bowl losses in NFL history with five.
The New England Patriots have been to the Super Bowl 11 times, the most of any NFL franchise.
The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans each have zero Super Bowl appearances.
The Denver Broncos were 3.5-point favorites heading into Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins.
However, unheralded Redskins QB Doug Williams outdueled all-world Broncos QB John Elway en route to a 42-10 upset. Washington dropped four touchdowns in consecutive drives and scored 35 points in the second quarter to put it away early.
The New England Patriots were 12.5-point favorites heading into Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants.
As far as spreads are concerned, this is close to the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. New York was a 10-6 regular season team nobody gave a chance to win against the undefeated Patriots. Yet somehow, Giants QB Eli Manning threw a TD pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left, and they did it.
The New York Jets Super Bowl III win over the Baltimore Colts is still widely considered the greatest upset in NFL history, nevermind the Super Bowl. The Colts were 17.5-point favorites, and only Jets QB Joe Namath was predicting a New York win.
The Jets won 16-7, changing NFL football and Namath’s life forever.
Yes, betting on the Super Bowl is perfectly legal in PA.
Pennsylvania legalized both in-person and online single-game wagering in the wake of a 2018 Supreme Court decision putting the question of legalization in the hands of the states.
There are still illegal offshore sportsbooks that try to attract PA gamblers. The best way to pick a legal online sportsbook is to make sure you see the PGCB’s stamp of approval on the site.
Other than that, stick to the sites you see mentioned here on PlayPennsylvania.com. We only provide links to legal and regulated online gambling and sports betting operators.
Sticking with legal and regulated online sportsbooks for your Super Bowl bets simply makes sense. State regulators oversee these operators to ensure your money is protected. If you run into a problem, the PGCB will handle it for you.
Betting on an illegal offshore sportsbook is like gambling with your money twice. There’s nowhere to go if the site gets funny with the money, no consumer protections, and no recourse if they refuse to pay you out.
The 2021 Super Bowl, aka Super Bowl LV, will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, on Feb. 2, 2020.
PA online and mobile sportsbooks will post a variety of Super Bowl 55 odds soon after the teams are decided. You can find Super Bowl 55 champion odds right here on PlayPennsylvania.com.
The Super Bowl point spread is the number of points oddsmakers predict one side will win by. You can bet on whether or not that will happen at PA retail and online and mobile sportsbooks.
The AGA estimates Americans bet as much as $6 billion on Super Bowl every year.
Super Bowl pools, otherwise known as squares contests, are the kind of Super Bowl action you might find at your office or local bar.
Players buy squares, and the pool operator randomly attributes numbers to the squares on a grid.
Ultimately, the prize pool is split between the owners of the squares that match the score at the end of each quarter and half.
According to Nielsen Ratings, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 drew an average televised audience of 98.2 million viewers. Plus, according to CBS network, the game was watched across digital and streaming platforms by a total of 100.7 million viewers.