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Avoid Sucker Bets when Betting on the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is upon us, and it probably comes as zero surprise that it’s the biggest gambling event of the year. And that’s every year. Forever. The Super Bowl is big business for everyone, that’s for sure. Whether we are talking about the halftime show, the commercials, or the game itself, there is a lot of money flying around and, of course, with this much interest on one game, every sportsbook is going to try to take advantage. Wager after wager, prop bet after prop bet will be available for this game. People love to throw around money come Super Bowl time. If it’s the square pool at the office or a parlay bet at a Vegas sportsbook, everyone is gambling. However, if you are serious about sports betting and are looking to make real money and not be a part of the “just for fun” crowd, the best thing you can do is avoid all of these sucker bets completely.

The Super Bowl is always a great game to wager on. You have two of best teams in the league playing. You have plenty of action which will result in sharp lines, and you have ample information allowing you to make a smart wager. All of these things are working to your advantage. All you have to do is avoid the sucker bets when betting on the Super Bowl and you’re already ahead of the game. Here’s how to do just that.

Avoid the Non-Game Props

Everything associated with the Super Bowl is over-the-top; we all know this. The commercials, the performances, just everything. Sportsbooks get in on all the nonsense as well with their prop bets. There will be hundreds of prop bets available at every sportsbook come game day. They range from the silly to the ridiculous and back again. How long will the National Anthem be? How many commercials have animals in them? Is the coin flip heads or tails? All of these wagers have nothing at all to do with the game. They are just made up and contrived sucker bets designed to separate you from your money. The reason so many are available? Because people play them. The reason people play them? Because it’s fun. Losing money is fun for some people, but it isn’t for serious sports gamblers. If your interest is in making money over and not fun, avoid these non-game prop bets at all costs.

Props are Just a Bad Idea

There are prop bets that actually involve the actual game, however, that doesn’t make them any better. You’ll see game props such as safety scored in the second quarter or pick six scored in the second half. Kickoff returns for a touchdown and missed field goals will also be in there. Anything you can think of, there’s a prop bet for it. While these prop bets concern the game, they are still not worth your time and money. The main reason for this is because of the odds and the payouts. Most of these props will have bigger odds and nice payouts, that’s what makes them so enticing. Seeing a 60-1 payout will always get a gambler’s attention after all. However, it’s important to know that this is only what the prop bet is paying out, not the odds of it happening. Let’s take the “safety in the 2nd quarter” prop. Your sportsbook has it at paying out 50-1. However, the odds of it happening is more along the lines of 1,000 to 1. Think of all the safeties you’ve seen in Super Bowl. Or in any season for that matter. 50-1 may seem like a great bet to place $10 on but, in actuality, it’s a terrible bet with no return. As sports gamblers, we are always looking for value on our wagers. Value is the combination of little risk for a good reward. Prop bets simply have no value.

Stick to What You Know

The point spread, the moneyline, the totals, these are the wagers you’ve been playing all season long. You’ve found a few that you like to play, and it’s probably because those are the wagers you win the most from. Don’t go changing it now just because the Super Bowl is the final game of the year. If you are a serious sports gambler or one who focuses solely on the NFL, don’t throw away all of your expertise and experience for wagers you’ve never played or even seen before. Stick to what you know and play your wagers the way you normally would. Sportsbooks make the most off of gamblers who don’t know what they are doing. There’s no reason to choose to be on of them if you don’t have to

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