Wagering on Super Bowl XLIX this year will provide plenty of thrills, and online bookmakers all over the world can’t wait to say what will happen with the betting action on the big game.
For example, many bettors just need to see the Seahawks score four exact points against the Patriots for them to win.
“This is a sign that people will bet anything,” said Jay Kornegay, who at the Las Vegas SuperBook is the VP of race and sports operations. “We’ve got one ticket on Seattle scoring exactly four points at 9,999-to-1.”
The SuperBook in Las Vegas could suffer with a 4-2 win by Seattle, and so could many fans who have the offense in their minds. On Wednesday, the SuperBook took five wagers on New England scoring just two points, and the biggest one was a $10 bet that was at 5,000-1, which many bettors found surprising.
The SuperBook and Kornegay should probably not worry at all about this, as no modern team only scored four points. Since 1970, there were eight teams who ended a meeting with just 2 points, according to sources. The Jaguars recently did this when they lost to the Chiefs 28-2 in the season of 2013.
Choosing what the exact score of the game will be is only one out of hundreds of prop bets that the SuperBook has, as well as other sportsbooks located in Las Vegas as well as the ones online.
William Hill’s prop bet that is proving to be the most popular is on a safety. Last year, the Broncos started the game with a wrong snap over the head of QB Peyton Manning that ended in the Seahawks getting a safety. Online bookmakers remember when a couple of years ago, the Ravens had an intentional safety in their bid to protect a late lead when they beat the 49ers. Also, in 2012, the Giants got a safety against the Patriots, when New England ended up being called due to a deliberate grounding penalty that took place in their end zone.
A safety pays at 5-1, approximately. 70 out of the initial 71 wagers on “Will there be a safety?” were put on the “Yes” in Las Vegas’ MGM Sports Book, and on Wednesday at the SuperBook, 94% of the tickets on a safety were made on the “Yes.”
“We’ve got six bets on ‘No,'” said Kornegay.
This season, 23 safeties were recorded.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots TE, is the one who is getting most of the attention to be the first player in the game to score a TD. Kornegay said that at the SuperBook, there have been more wagers made on Gronkowski in that pick than on anybody else. The TE is currently 7-1. The next biggest choice is Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who is 7-1, and for some reason Patriots TE Tim Wright, who is at 30-1, follows.