Prop betting on the Super Bowl is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and as usual, you can bet on just about ANYTHING related to the game.
They’re called “Prop” or proposition bets, and there’s a bunch of fun ones this year, which you’ll see below.
But when did prop bets start and why? Well the “why?” is pretty simple really: MORE money to be made by sportsbooks in Las Vegas. Now the “when?”
Now the “when:” Prop bets began in 1986. Las Vegas oddsmakers introduced a new form of betting before Super Bowl XX. And the first prop bet was whether William “Refrigerator” Perry would score a Touchdown.
Perry was called upon to carry the ball, and he scored a touchdown! It cemented his place in Super Bowl history., and literally made him a legend!
For the record, defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan called Perry “a wasted draft pick” and refused to play him, Perry quickly became a fan favorite in Chicago, where he was known for his playful personality and infectious smile. Oh, and let’s not forget that Superbowl Shuffle. Or maybe we should! Ok. settle down Bears fans – your time will come again.
The goal of prop bets – obviously – was to provide a way to attract casual bettors to place bets on the Super Bowl in more ways than just the final score, and points spread.
The American Gaming Association estimates that $16 billion will be wagered legally, illegally and in squares and pools.
The appetite for prop bets isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The fact is, there are more and more each year!
Here are some of the fun, and craziest novelty “prop bets” you can actually place, and what the best odds are: