Super Bowl Betting In PA: To Follow The Money Or Bet Against The Grain?

Posted on February 1, 2020

Follow the money.

It’s sage advice in many situations. So perhaps it makes perfect sense to apply that same wisdom to PA sports betting in Super Bowl LIV.

On Friday, Rush Street Interactive, which operates both BetRivers and the PlaySugarHouse sportsbooks, released some early numbers on Super Bowl betting for the 49ers and Chiefs matchup.

Here’s a quick look at the odds before San Francisco and Kansas City meet on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Chiefs command majority of spread wagering

San Francisco and Kansas City are matched up in one of the more closely-contested Super Bowls in recent years, at least as far as odds are concerned.

This is only the third time in Super Bowl history that the spread line has been -1 or -1.5. The last time it happened was in 2015 with the New England Patriots giving one point to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Chiefs are -110 against the spread and -127 on the moneyline. Currently, Kansas City commands 73% of the spread wagering handle.

That trend seems to be occurring beyond Pennsylvania betting apps as well.

49ers hold small lead in moneyline handle

In terms of moneyline handle, San Francisco holds a slight edge. San Francisco is currently +104 to win outright and accounts for 51% of the moneyline handle. Perhaps the extra return has enticed a few more bettors.

ESPN reported on Friday that 60-70% of the money bet on the spread was on the Chiefs, while the 49ers were getting more of the betting handle on the moneyline.

Sunday’s game total is currently set at 54 points. At press time, the “over” side of that wager was favored by about 75% of the bettors.

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It’s a big day for props at PA sportsbooks

The Super Bowl always provides plenty of prop bets and a bounty of interest in them as well. Despite the smaller return, Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes has garnered more than 50% of the MVP bet handle. He is the current favorite at +115.

A number of MVP wagers have also been placed on 49ers running back Raheem Mostert at +900. George Kittle has also drawn some interest at 16-1, along with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, who will pay out at 20-1.

The longest odds on the board to receive an MVP wager is San Francisco linebacker Kwon Alexander at 150-1.

Going for two

In Super Bowl LIV, a successful two-point conversion will bring more than double to those who bet on it. The two-point conversion prop (which requires a successful conversion) carries odds of +240.

Many bettors have found that action enticing. So they’re going for 2. And they’re aiming for a bunch of other Super Bowl bets as well.

“The prop wagers generate more interest every year,” Rush Street C.O.O. Mattias Stetz said in the news release. “(The Super Bowl) is a terrific day, not only because we culminate an exciting season, but it attracts many casual fans to go with the players who have joined us all year long.”

Now that you know where the money is going on the game so far, the decision is yours. Follow the money, or bet against the grain. Either way, there is no shortage of prop bets and promos at PA sportsbooks to keep your interest piqued throughout the exciting NFL season finale.

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Nathan Frederick is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.

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