Super Bowl Sunday is a massive day for sports gambling, and the Chiefs vs. Buccaneers matchup is an incredibly close one, featuring a stellar quarterback duel between defending champ Patrick Mahomes and six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.
It's kicking off a year in which sports gambling could make a major leap in the U.S.—though it's possible to place legal bets now, and sportsbooks provide all kinds of options for wagers. Here's how to bet on the Super Bowl, along with the most popular Super Bowl prop bets.
Super Bowl bets: Odds for Super Bowl 55
All odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of Thursday, Feb. 4.
Point spread: Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites
Moneyline and Total Points (56): Chiefs and Over +195, Chiefs and Under +205, Bucs and Over +350, Bucs and Under +350
Point Spread (Chiefs -3.5) and Total Points (56): Chiefs and Over +255, Chiefs and Under +285, Bucs and Over +260, Bucs and Under +240
Super Bowl bets: MVP Odds
Here's a rundown of the top 10 Super Bowl MVP candidates and their odds to win that honor.
Tyreek Hill, capable of some eye-popping receiving stats, is at +1200; if you think he can outshine the person throwing to him, that's a possible play. Mike Evans is the Bucs' version of that at a longer-shot +3000. Leonard Fournette, who predicted on Twitter in 2014 he'd make a Super Bowl, is the first Buccaneer listed after Brady and could be good if the Bucs have to rely on the run. Eight MVPs in Super Bowl history come from that side of the ball, and with the last one in Super Bowl 50, we might be due for another this year.
Consider Tyrann Mathieu, the Chiefs DB who became known as "Honey Badger" for his tenacity during the 2011 college football season, when he was a Heisman Trophy finalist and led LSU to the national title game. He might be worth a flyer at +4000.
But there's such a perception of Mahomes' and Brady's value to their respective teams that it's hard—though not impossible—to see someone other than one of the QBs to be the MVP.
- Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB: -106
- Tom Brady, Bucs QB: +210
- Tyreek Hill, Chiefs WR: +1200
- Travis Kelce, Chiefs TE +1300
- Leonard Fournette, Bucs RB: +2500
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs RB: +2800
- Mike Evans, Bucs WR: +3000
- Chris Godwin, Bucs WR: +3000
- Devin White, Bucs LB: +4000
- Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs DB: +4000
Super Bowl bets: First player to score touchdown
Here's a rundown of the top eight candidates to score Super Bowl LIV's first touchdown and their odds. (If you think the QBs are going to do it all, the oddsmakers sure don't: Mahomes is a +1800 bet, and Brady is even more remote at +3500.)
- Travis Kelce, Chiefs TE +650
- Tyreek Hill, Chiefs WR: +650
- Mike Evans, Bucs WR: +900
- Leonard Fournette, Bucs RB: +1050
- Chris Godwin, Bucs WR: +1200
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Chiefs RB: +1300
- Darrel Williams, Chiefs RB: +1300
- Rob Gronkowski, Bucs TE: +1400
Super Bowl prop bets
Here's where things get fun (and a little ridiculous)—the prop bets. Here's a prop bet sampling covering everything from the coin flip (yes, you can bet on that) to what color of Gatorade the winning coach gets doused with.
- Coin toss outcome: Heads -103, Tails -103
- Coin toss winner: Chiefs -106, Bucs -106
- Player to correctly call opening kickoff coin toss: Yes -106, No -106
- First offensive play from scrimmage: Pass -124, Run +100
- Total players to attempt a pass, including overtime: Over 2.5, +165; Under 2.5, -215
- Total players to complete a pass, including overtime: Over 2.5, +215; Under 2.5, -286
- Any scoring drive to take less time than the singing of the National Anthem: Yes -335, No +250
- Any offensive lineman to score a touchdown: Yes +2000, No -10000
- Any offensive or defensive lineman to score a touchdown: Yes +800, No -2000
- Team to score first touchdown: Chiefs -121, Bucs -113
- Team to score last touchdown: Chiefs -130, Bucs -105
- Total touchdowns: Over 6.5 -118, Under 6.5 -113
- Total yards of longest touchdown (void if no touchdowns scored): Over 45.5 -114, Under 45.5 -114
- Total yards of shortest touchdown (void if no touchdowns scored): Over 1.5 +140, Under 1.5 -177
- A safety is scored during the game: Yes +800, No -1667
- Any field goal or extra-point attempt hits upright or crossbar (aka "doink special"): Yes +375, No -590
- Either team to be shutout: Yes +5000
- Either team to win by exactly 3 points: Yes +425, No -625
- Game goes into overtime: Yes +1150, No -2000
- Either team to miss a field goal: Yes +120, No -150
- Either team to score a special teams touchdown: Yes +550, No -910
- First Gatorade color dumped on the winning coach: Orange +125, Red +200, Yellow/Green +300, Clear (or water) +350, Blue +700; Purple +800
Super Bowl Betting: How to bet on the Super Bowl in the U.S.
DraftKings Sportsbook was created in 2018 by DraftKings, which got on the map with its fantasy sports games. It currently operates in five U.S. states where online or onsite sports betting is legal, and it's leading the charge for legal sports betting across the U.S. Visitors in legal states (confirmed through geolocation) can jump into the full spectrum of Super Bowl betting, as well as NBA, NHL, and soccer around the globe.
Bovada is one of the better-known offshore betting sites, allowing visitors to jump into the Super Bowl betting fray, a wide range of sports, and even casino, poker, and live dealer games. U.S. law doesn't prohibit betting to sites operating outside the U.S. However, Bovada doesn't accept players from New Jersey, New York, and Washington. You'll also find it a lot easier to transfer money via Bitcoin (through Coinbase, for instance) than from your bank account.
BetMGM is a fantastic option for sports betting if you're in a state where online betting is legal. The homepage has a handy "click your state" set of buttons that display what you can bet on if your geolocation matches up. You can bet year-round on far more than football, though if that's your sport, you'll have your fill of pro and college propositions.