Super Bowl Picks: Beating the Odds in this year's Super Bowl

David Lawrence

Friday, January 10, 2014 7:11 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 7:11 PM UTC

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the days of the year when everyone stops what they’re doing to watch. Whether you’re a casual sports fan, a hardcore bettor or just someone who likes to get together for social events, the Super Bowl is something that you’ll be tuning in to.

The majority of people watching the Super Bowl will have some sort of vested interest as an estimated 200 million people gamble on the Super Bowl each year. You can expect those numbers to rise in 2014 as more and more people get in on the action either online or in Vegas.

The 2014 Super Bowl will be a special one as it will be the first Super Bowl to be held outdoors in a cold-weather stadium. The host will be East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is the home of the New York Jets and New York Giants.

Before you become a part of the action that will take place on February 2nd, 2014, here are some important wagering tips you should keep in mind:

Getting Started

Unless you’re going to be spending the Super Bowl in Las Vegas or some other major land-based sportsbook destination, the easiest way to do your 2014 Super Bowl betting will be with a sportsbook online. It only takes a couple of minutes to create an account at an online sportsbook as all they require are the basics (like phone number, address, e-mail) to set up your account. Most sportsbooks will even give you a deposit bonus once you make your first deposit, which is a great incentive. That means that you can get some of the houses money in your pocket before you’ve even placed a bet!

Updated Super Bowl Picks & Betting Odds

How To Bet On Super Bowl

One of the most important things you should keep in mind when betting on Super Bowl XLVIII is that there are some slight variations depending on where you’ll be doing your superbowl betting. For example, some sportsbooks will allow you to bet live while the game is happening – in between plays and timeouts – while other sportsbooks will only let you bet before kickoff and during halftime. Make sure your account is open and set up, so that you have the money in there to make the decisions when you want. The last thing you want to do is leave this to the last minute and miss out on the action because you didn’t open an account.

Types Of Super Bowl Bets

There are tons of different bet types you can place when betting on the Super Bowl. We’ve got a breakdown for you here, so that you can understand the options available to you.

Point Spreads – Point spread are one of the most popular type of football bet. This is where you lay points or get points with the team. For example, let’s say the Green Bay Packers are 5.5-point favorite. If you bet on Green Bay, you need them to win by more than 5.5 points (six points or more) for you to cover the spread. If you bet against Green Bay, that means that if they win by five points or less, or the other team wins, then you win your bet.

Super Bowl Picks: NFL Prop Betting Tips for Super Bowl

Money Line Bets – These types of bets are just about predicting the outright winner. So if you bet on Green Bay on the moneyline, that means that if they win, you win. Simple as that. The odds are different, though. Let’s say the moneyline is Green Bay -350. That means you have to bet $350 to win $100 on Green Bay. In this case, their opponent might be +250. If you bet the opponent to win outright, a $100 bet would win you $250.

Over-Under Bets – When it comes to over-unders, what you’re betting on is the combined score of the two teams. So if the total for the Super Bowl is 49.5, you can bet that the combined score will be over (more than) 49.5 points or under (less than) 49.5 points.

Prop Bets – One of the best features of betting on the Super Bowl is that you can bet on all sorts of wild prop bets. For example, you can bet on who will be the MVP of the game or how long the national anthem singing will last. Or what color Gatorade will the winning head coach get doused with or what song will the halftime act open with. When it comes to the Super Bowl, there are all sorts of fun prop bets to be a part of.

Whatever you’re betting on, make sure you find something fun to lay it down for Super Bowl XLVIII!
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