A Proposition for you
The betting sentiment around the Super Bowl is that if you can't find something to bet on, you aren't looking hard enough. Proposition bets are big business with oddsmakers around the world using the 2 weeks leading up to the title to test their creativity and revenue generating potential. Nielsen ratings, Gatorade bath color, Beyonce's song list: they''re all on the menu at offshore books this time of year. Unfortunately the legal oufits here in Las Vegas are limited because each prop bet posted on their boards has to be deemed a game of chance with a winner clearly defined through the boxscore. While you won't find the length of the national anthem available for wagering in Nevada, you can find a multitude of cross sport props to keep you invested throughout the day. Thankfully for the millions of Vegas vistors flooding Vegas for the big game, oddsmakers spare no creativity in creating their extensive betting menu.
The man who deserves credit as the "godfather of props" is bookmaking legend Jimmy Vaccaro. Back in 1985 when the Bears took on the Patriots in Superbowl XX, he hung a prop Will William "the refrigerator" Perry score a touchdown? The prop opened at 40-1 for the big fella and by kickoff bettors crashed the price all the way down to 5-1. Much to the book's chagrin, Perry found his way to paydirt putting a dent in the house's balance sheet. However, what started that day has become a prop craze now responsible for big business throughout the state. Vacarro is one of many bookmakers now hanging a laundry list of props every year to accomodate the seasoned pro and novice alike. For example this year, to capitalize on the huge fan interest around QB Colin Kaepernick, Vacarro and his team posted 23 Kaepernick specific props to give every bettor plenty to think about at the William Hill sportsbooks.
Prop discussion in Las Vegas also needs to include the talented oddsmaking team over at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Hilton). The group led by Jay Kornegay offers more options every year than any book in town. Rugby, golf, NBA, NHL, soccer: they're all tied into the Super Bowl Sunday menu in some capacity. Included below are a variety of cross sport props you'll find on the LVH betting board for the big game this weekend. If that isn't enough, a further look down the list are Bovada's entertainment props for everything else a sports bettor could possibly imagine. My picks on the game? Well you'll just have to drop by OKTC on Friday for a few winners to line your wallet with before we head into the offseason.
CROSS SPORT PROPS (via LVH)
ENTERTAINMENT (via Bovada)
How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the US National Anthem?
Over/Under 2 minutes 15seconds
Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?
Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Will Alicia Keys add at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Will Beyonce be joined by Jay Z on Stage during the Super Bowl Half Time Show?
Will Beyonce's hair be Curly/Crimped OR Straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?
What predominant color will Beyonce's top be at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?
Gold (Yellow) 11/4
Silver (Grey) 7/2
Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV wearing any clothing that has either a SF or BAL logo on it during the game?
How many times will Jack Harbaugh be shown on TV during the game?
Over 1.5 (-140)
Under 1.5 (EVEN)
How many times will the game be referred to as the Harbaugh Bowl or Har Bowl or Super Baugh during the game?
Over/Under 2 ½
Who will be shown first during the game?
Jim Harbaugh 1/1
John Harbaugh 1/1
Split screen shot of both 4/1
How long will the post game handshake/hug last between Jim & John Harbaugh?
Over/Under 7.5 seconds
Who will be mentioned more by full name during the game?
Jim Harbaugh -120
John Harbaugh -120
How many times will Harbaugh be said during the game?
Over/Under 20 ½
How many times will Jay-Z be shown on TV during the game?
Will any Baltimore of San Francisco Player on active roster be arrested before Super Bowl XLVII?
Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?
Baltimore Ravens -200
San Francisco 49ers +150
What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Does Not Thank Anyone 9/4
If Ray Lewis is interviewed on TV after the game on the field or in the locker room how many times will he mention "God/Lord"
What will the TV Rating be for the Super Bowl?
How many average viewers will the game have?
Over/Under 111 million viewers
Which region will have the higher local TV Rating?
San Francisco +110
What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market Up -140
Market Down EVEN
What will be the highest tweet per second during the Super Bowl?