When it comes to sports betting, one event stands out above all the rest: the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl receives more wagers than any other single sporting event in the world. For sportsbooks, it’s a massive influx of wagers from bettors who seldom bet otherwise. For bettors who are familiar with the hobby, then the Super Bowl represents a chance to add to your bankroll.
Sports betting in Massachusetts has been approved, and the industry will soon be live in the state. The hope is that football fans in Massachusetts will be able to legally bet on Super Bowl LVII in February in some capacity.
But how do you bet on the Super Bowl and where can you turn to make your wagers? This page will go over all of that information, along with other aspects of Super Bowl betting. That way, you are prepared for when Super Bowl betting is available in Massachusetts!
Super Bowl Odds
Super Bowl odds are available all throughout the course of the NFL regular season and playoffs. Odds are often made available during the offseason, meaning bettors have plenty of time to get their wagers in.
As of December 7, the odds-on favorite to win Super Bowl LVII is the Buffalo Bills. They are +350 to go all the way on DraftKings Sportsbook. Other teams in the hunt include the Kansas City Chiefs (+500), Philadelphia Eagles (+500), Dallas Cowboys (+700), and San Francisco 49ers (+1200).
Because of its immense popularity, the Super Bowl is known to have the deepest betting market for a singular sporting event. Along with common wagers such as moneylines, point spreads, totals (over/under), and player and team props, bettors also have access to unique markets. You can bet on the length of the national anthem and the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach.
Keep in mind that not all sportsbooks offer the same wagers or odds, so consider downloading multiple sportsbooks to see what is available.
Betting On The Super Bowl In Massachusetts
Sports betting is moving rapidly across the US, and the industry is now live in over a dozen states. Massachusetts approved sports betting earlier this year, but the industry is not yet live in the Bay State. There is no official launch date at this time, as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is still hashing out the details. However, the hope is that football fans in MA will be able to bet on NFL games at some point this season. Retail betting in Massachusetts could become available in January 2023, with MA mobile betting following in February or March. This timeline is unofficial, but we will be sure to keep you updated with the latest developments related to the Massachusetts sports betting launch.
Online sportsbooks and mobile sportsbook apps make it convenient for bettors to keep tabs on lines, their wagers, their accounts, and more. Massachusetts bettors could see up to seven mobile sportsbook apps in due time. In addition, it would not be surprising to see sports betting become available at one of Massachusetts’ three retail casinos as well.
For now, if you’re looking for a place to make your Super Bowl bets, you must be located in a state where sports betting is already legal. When sports betting comes to Massachusetts, keep in mind that you’ll have to be within state lines in order to make a wager. The sportsbooks use geolocation software to keep tabs on where you are accessing the account from, and any attempt to make wagers outside of the state won’t work.
How To Bet On The Super Bowl
As soon as the Los Angeles Rams were lifting the Lombardi Trophy following their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI, oddsmakers were releasing lines on which franchise would win the next one.
The NFL futures market allows you to wager on the team you believe will be victorious in the next Super Bowl, and the earlier you wager, the larger the potential rewards can be. However, the earlier wagers generally mean more risks, as well.
Futures betting offers an interesting conundrum to bettors: Go for the big payoff with potentially softer odds when the Super Bowl betting lines come out, or wait until more information becomes available and make an informed decision but risk lower potential returns. There are bettors who would argue for both sides of that approach. What you decide depends on your comfort level, but we suggest you avoid bets that you aren’t confident in making.
Futures wagers aren’t the only bets that are available for the Super Bowl. Once we know the two teams playing after the AFC and NFC championships, lines for the moneyline, point spread, total (over/under) and more will become available. Additionally, proposition wagers become a focal point in Super Bowl betting. Long story short, you’ll find a variety of options when betting on the Super Bowl.
- Moneyline Super Bowl bets: Correctly pick the winner of the game. If the team you pick wins the game, you win money. Simple as that.
- Point spread Super Bowl bets: The side you choose to win has to cover the spread. Sports odds are usually the same or similar for both sides since the point spread aims to make the outcome more “even” between the favorite and the underdog.
- Super Bowl total bets: Bet whether the total combined score of the game will be over or under a line that the sportsbook has set.
- Super Bowl props: What will be the result of the coin toss? Will there be overtime? Which team will score the first touchdown? The list of available Super Bowl prop bets usually ends up nearing triple digits by the time the game arrives.
Super Bowl Live Betting
The boom in sports betting hasn’t really been because of casinos or retail sportsbooks. Instead, technology has led the way in the US legal betting market.
One of the benefits of having the technology to use your sportsbook right in your pocket means you can bet on football games from anywhere in the state. It could be your house, the local watering hole, your favorite park bench, or even at work — your sportsbook is right there on your phone. Some NFL teams and stadiums even have official partnerships with sportsbooks.
This advancement also allows for live betting. This style of wagering takes place as the game is playing out, and you can participate through your sportsbook right on your phone. So, if you don’t get your bets in before opening kick-off, there is no need to worry.
Most of the bets you’ll see for live Super Bowl betting are going to be props and over/unders, but the variety of wagers available is wide ranging. You can wager on anything from which player will score the next touchdown to if the defense will have a takeaway on this drive to whether there will be a fourth-quarter comeback victory and more.
Sportsbook Rules For Super Bowl Bets
All sportsbooks have their own sets of rules they follow. These rules, which you can generally find in the terms and conditions section of the website, determine when a game will count as official when a book will cancel bets, and more.
While the nuances of rules might differ between sportsbooks, the general rules are usually pretty similar. Here are a few of the most common rules for NFL betting:
- A sportsbook will settle wagers based on official league statistics and data.
- A sportsbook will cancel prop bets on an individual player if that player’s team announces before kickoff that he won’t be playing in the game.
- Overtime will count toward bets based on the complete results of the game, such as totals and point spreads.
Obviously, you’ll find a lot more of these kinds of rules at each sportsbook, likely under the football or NFL section of the terms and conditions. Remember, it doesn’t hurt to take an extra minute or two to verify the sportsbook’s terms and conditions before locking in your Super Bowl bets.
How Do The NFL Playoffs Work?
The NFL postseason format made its first change since 1990 as it entered the 2020 season. Instead of 12 teams making the playoffs, 14 total teams get a ticket — seven each from the AFC and from the NFC.
Additionally, instead of having two teams in each conference receive a bye to start the playoffs, only the top team on each side of the bracket gets that honor now. Here is what determines the playoff teams:
- The four division champions from each conference qualify (the AFC and NFC each have East, West, North, and South divisions).
- The three remaining teams with the best records from each conference will receive wild card spots.
- If necessary, there are tie-breakers the NFL will use to determine the teams that qualify.
The NFL playoffs begin with what has become known as Wild Card Weekend, with three games taking place for each conference. The winners of those games will advance, and the lowest seed will be matched up against the top-seeded team that received the bye.
The second round is the Divisional Round, with two games taking place for each of the conferences. The winners of those games will advance to the AFC and NFC championship games. The winners of those two games will then advance to the Super Bowl.
In total, with the Super Bowl included, there are 13 games in the NFL playoffs. Those games receive a lot of attention when it comes to media, analysis, betting options, the number of wagers at each sportsbook, and more.
2023 Super Bowl LVII Details
Below are details for the 57th iteration of the Super Bowl:
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023
- Location: Glendale, Arizona
- Stadium: State Farm Stadium
- Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- TV coverage: NBC
- Streaming services: Peacock and NBCSports.com
Which Teams Have Won The Most Super Bowls?
Below, we have a list of all 32 NFL teams, their number of Super Bowl appearances, and their overall records. These are current as of 2022, and the team at the top will be no surprise to Massachusetts residents:
|Team||Super Bowl Appearances||Super Bowl Record|
|New England Patriots||11||6-5|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||5-2|
|Green Bay Packers||5||4-1|
|New York Giants||5||4-1|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||3-2|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||2-3|
|Kansas City Chiefs||4||2-2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||20-|
|New York Jets||1||1-0|
|New Orleans Saints||1||1-0|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||0-1|