Can You Bet Super Bowl Props? Where Coin Toss, Gatorade Color & National Anthem Is Legal
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For years, the offshore sportsbooks had a field day promoting props such as the length of the national anthem, the coin flip and the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning Super Bowl coach to mainstream media.
It was, after all, the best form of advertising. It was free and the Las Vegas books couldn’t do it because of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s stipulation that non-game decisions couldn’t be wagered on.
That changed two years ago for the first Super Bowl where sports betting was legal in other states.
For Super Bowl LIII, New Jersey approved the Gatorade bet as well as some others, including whether or not Tom Brady would retire after the game (Ha. Ha. Ha.)
They are: ‘Heads or Tails’, ‘Whether The Player Calls It Correctly’, ‘The Team Coin Toss Winner and whether the team that wins toss will also win the game. BetMGM has four coin toss props as well, including what the decision will be for the player who wins the toss (defer or receive).
Only New Jersey, West Virginia and Indiana said yes to Gatorade color, though West Virginia stipulated that the bet must be in an hour before kickoff.
Those three states also said yes to offering whether a player would retire after the game and who the MVP would thank first.
The national anthem has been a non-starter for legal books. But DraftKings got New Jersey, West Virginia and Illinois to accept this prop: “Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes to sing the National Anthem?”
Iowa’s gaming authorities preferred to keep all props that could wouldn’t be determined on the field off the board and said no to all of them.