The Super Bowl is by far the biggest American sporting event for bettors. Die-hard football fans will analyze the game and put their money on the team they believe will win or at least cover the point spread. For many of the non-football fans who will be tuning in, there are bets they can place as well. One of the most popular bets on Super Bowl Sunday is the coin toss.
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking for a repeat
Super Bowl 55 is a matchup of the savvy veteran against the young stud trying to follow in his footsteps. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is seeking his seventh Super Bowl. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is looking for his second straight.
In his first year with the Buccaneers, Brady has certainly made a difference. He’s helped change the culture of the franchise that is not known for its postseason success. After signing Brady, the team went all in, surrounding him with loads of offensive talent. It’s paid off as the Bucs went 11-5 and have won three straight playoff games on the road.
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to defend their title after rallying to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54. Mahomes and the offense have clicked all season long as the Chiefs finished the regular season with a 14-2 mark. One of those losses came in the final week when they rested many of their starters.
The Super Bowl is a bettor’s dream
Even the non-football fan can find a way to get into the action when it comes to betting during Super Bowl Sunday. You don’t have to just bet on the football game itself. In fact, you don’t have to know anything about the game itself to wager on something.
Big fan of the national anthem? You can bet the over/under on the length of the performance. If you’re there for the halftime show only, you can place a wager on what song The Weeknd will perform first. What color jacket will he be wearing when he opens his halftime show? You can even bet on the number of times “Bill Belichick” will be mentioned during the Super Bowl.
If you are a football fan, there’s also a whole lot more to put your money on than the outcome of the game. Will Tom Brady’s first pass be incomplete? How many rushing yards will Ronald Jones have? The bottom line is whether you’re watching the game with genuine football interest or if you’re there just for the hype, there is something to wager on for everyone.
Coin toss: heads or tails?
The coin toss has become one of the most popular prop bets during the big game. There’s zero thinking involved and it’s a chance to get in on the action before the game starts. It’s literally a 50/50 chance, but there’s been a few trends recently that may sway a bettor one way or the other.
In the last two seasons, the toss has come up tails. In fact, tails has dominated the last seven years as it has landed that way in six out of the last seven Super Bowls. Before that, however, heads came up five straight times from Super Bowl 43 to Super Bowl 47. In 54 Super Bowls, tails has the edge, 29-25.
According to BetonSuperBowl.com, the coin toss has a recent trend that should worry teams that actually win the loss. The team that has called the coin toss correctly has lost the last six Super Bowls. The last team to win a Super Bowl after calling a correct coin toss was the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48. It was tails, by the way.