How To Bet Super Bowl 55: Best Online Sportsbooks, States With Legal Betting & More Advice for Buccaneers vs. Chiefs
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It’s the biggest sports day of the year, and you’re not quite sure how to bet on the Super Bowl.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Legal sports betting is new to the United States, and with so many options it can be a confusing space to navigate. Not every state has legal betting. Not every book is available in each state. Plus, when it comes to the Super Bowl, the betting menu is so large it can be hard to keep track of what to do.
That’s what we’re here for.
We’ve created what we hope is a one-stop shop for all your Super Bowl betting questions, ranging from tips to books to legal states.
Not only can you bet on a side between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you can bet on total points scored, individual player performances and more.
Super Bowl Betting Tips
The primary betting markets are open for two full weeks between the time the matchup is set on Championship Sunday and when the Super Bowl finally kicks off, which means the odds see plenty of movement from open to close.
Shop for the Best Lines
In addition to tracking the movement, you’ll want to shop for the best lines across the primary Super Bowl markets. Thankfully, our NFL odds page makes it easy to compare real-time spreads, totals and over/unders from some of the best online sportsbooks.
Super Bowl Betting FAQ
1. How do I bet on the Super Bowl? You can bet on the Super Bowl through online sportsbooks or at physical sportsbook locations. Find reviews and offers for the best online sportsbooks in your state here.
2. Where can I bet on the Super Bowl? You can bet on the Super Bowl in any state with legal sports betting. Twenty states currently offer sports betting in some form: Ten are equipped with full mobile betting, four feature only one mobile betting option, two offer “in-person” online betting, and the remaining four are limited to in-person betting at physical sportsbooks. Find a full list of those states here.
Below is a list of the 11 states with full mobile betting — click any of the following links to find the best sportsbooks in that state:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
3. How do I bet on the Super Bowl online? You can bet on the Super Bowl at any sportsbook in the U.S., but we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 online books:
4. What kind of bets can you make on the Super Bowl? The most popular types of bets you can make on the Super Bowl are on the spread, over/under and moneyline.
- Point spread: Betting the spread means betting on the margin of victory. A minus sign (-) indicates that a team is favored to win by however many points the spread is set at, whereas a plus sign (+) indicates a team is an underdog.
- Moneyline: Betting the moneyline means betting on which team will win the Super Bowl.
- Over/under: Betting the over/under (or “total”) is betting on how many total points will be scored in a game. The over means you’re betting on both teams to combine for more points than the line is set at, whereas the under means you’re betting on both teams to combine for fewer points than the line is set at.
There are more ways to bet on the Super Bowl. In fact, sportsbooks offer hundreds of props, ranging from game results to player performances and beyond.
5. How do prop bets work? Prop bets are wagers on specific occurrences within the Super Bowl. There are novelty props, such as what color Gatorade will be poured on the winning coach. There are game props, such as how many points a team will score in the first half. And there are player props, such as how many yards a running back will rush for over the course of the Super Bowl. For game and player props, there’s typically a line set for whatever the occurrence is — such as 13.5 first-half points for a specific team or 44.5 rushing yards for a specific running back — then juice associated with it. (The juice is the cut a sportsbook charges for taking a bet.)
6. What are the odds of a safety in the Super Bowl? Odds that there will be a safety in Super Bowl 55 are not yet released, but historically, safeties have been scored in only nine of the past 54 editions of the game (16.7%).