There are a number of ways to bet on the Super Bowl meeting between Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and below we have picked out a few key betting basics for those who fancy a wager on NFL's biggest game.
The 55th instalment of the NFL showpiece is upon us as veteran Tom Brady aims for Super Bowl glory once again.
Now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 43-year-old has led his new team to their first Super Bowl since 2003 and the stage is set for records to tumble. There is a sense the stars have aligned for Bruce Arians and the Bucs as they prepare to become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl on their home patch.
But hold that thought. Best-ever Brady is not used to being the underdog and will have to beat the odds to outsmart his heir apparent Patrick Mahomes and clinch a seventh ring.
Mahomes is very much the new kid on the block and if you don’t consider Brady dethroned already, then it’s only a matter of time. The 25-year-old propelled himself to superstardom with the MVP performance in last year’s Super Bowl and has got the better of Brady in their last two meetings.
So, you fancy a bet on the big game? Nothing brings in the recreational punters like the Super Bowl, so we’ve pulled together a guide to help newcomers grasp the basics.
What is the spread?
Against the spread betting is essentially handicap betting. In this instance the Kansas City Chiefs are three point favourites, which you may see written down as Chiefs (-3). That specified amount – in this case three – is the spread. If you back the Chiefs to win against the spread your bet will only come in if they win by four points or more. By the same token, a bet on the Bucs (+3) will land if they win, tie, or lose by a margin of two or fewer. You are essentially betting on the game as if the scoreboard starts at Kansas City Chiefs 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If a team wins by exactly the value of the spread, all bets are repaid. In most cases you will win $1 for every $1.10 you bet successfully against the spread.
What is the moneyline?
The moneyline is a more conventional way of betting, where the bettor selects who they think will win the game outright regardless of the victory margin. Obviously the payout is less handsome if you select the favourite, but the benefits are greater if you take a punt on the underdog.
In the US, you’ll see the favourites listed as a negative number (eg -150), meaning a bet of that value will return a profit of $100. The underdogs will be listed as a positive number (eg +150), meaning a successful bet of $100 will return of profit of that value.
For example, an against the spread bet (above) is listed as -110 in this format.
What is over/under betting?
The majority of over/under betting is focused on the final score and quite simply challenges punters to predict the game total when both scores are combined. For example the over/under for Super Bowl 55 is 56.5, meaning punters who bank on over landing will win if the final score is 30-27 or anything greater.
How else can I bet?
There are plenty of other ways of getting your teeth into Super Bowl 55, with novelty prop bets a particularly active market.
You can bet on pretty much everything, and the most unusual odds available will more often than not have nothing to do with the action on the field. From what colour the Gatorade shower will be to who the MVP will mention first in his speech, it’s probably the most fun way for beginners with relatively little insight to get stuck into the big game.
Who is going to win?
BettingPro suggests: The Chiefs.
The final score of the AFC Championship Game did not offer a true reflection of how dominant Kansas City were. They spotted Buffalo a nine-point head start and then reeled off 21 unanswered points during a 10-minute spell in the second quarter. From there they did not look back. Mahomes picked the Bills apart through the air with the help of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs defense did an outstanding job of slowing down the talented Bills offense and rising star Josh Allen. It was a complete performance from KC, one worthy of defending Super Bowl champions, and it was a display that gives me plenty of confidence in backing them to beat Tampa for the second time on February 7.
You see, while Kansas City showcased their Super Bowl credentials, the Bucs kind of fumbled their way to victory at Lambeau Field. Winning at Green Bay deserves plenty of credit, but their success was largely down to a defense that forced a few turnovers and did an outstanding job of nullifying the impact of the three picks that Brady threw on consecutive drives. They hassled and harassed Rodgers throughout and they will look to do the same to Mahomes in the Super Bowl. But even if they do, it will be hard to slow the Kansas City QB down.
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