With the NFL regular season nearing the final handful of games, the playoff picture is slowly starting to take shape and the contenders for Super Bowl XLIX in February are making themselves known. Until then, though, it’ll be all about enjoying the action leading up to the biggest event on the U.S. sporting calendar.
Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl is also the biggest event on the sports betting calendar. Because of football’s ever expanding and nearly ubiquitous reach in viewership, last year’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos garnered a record $119.4 million in Nevada casinos alone from gamblers of all shapes and sizes.
The appeal of betting on the Super Bowl isn’t just the potential winnings, it’s also the increased stakes on a personal level. A little bet can make a game matter, make a touchdown capable of getting you jumping off your couch, can make a lost fumble feel like a high-speed rollercoaster of emotion.
You may very well have made friendly wagers with friends, family members, and co-workers during the Super Bowl. Those that have found they have a knack for making winning picks year in and out contemplate taking things to the next level. The issue of course, is that you may not be anywhere near a brick and mortar sportsbook when the big day arrives. Not exactly everyone can head on over to Las Vegas on Super Bowl weekend and personally place their bets inside any of the famous casinos on the strip. The next option is to look online for an alternative. But if you’re like half of the population who remains somewhat wary of even putting their money out there on Amazon or eBay, picking an online sportsbook can feel like a daunting task.
That being said, there are options for those interested in doing some research before getting in on the action. Our own investigation uncovered this official guide to betting on the NFL Super Bowl which features informative reviews of some of the more reputable sportsbook sites to visit, as well as regular updates on the odds for the Super Bowl itself (in case you don’t have that aforementioned knack for making picks). We suggest doing a little extra homework beyond that, but be prepared to scroll through countless forum discussions that reek of bias on both sides of the coin. When bettors win, they have nothing but great things to say about a sportsbook. When they lose, they are quick to bash everything from customer service to site functionality. Honestly, discussion forums may not be the best way to ID a trusted sportsbook but you can judge that for yourself.
February is still a long way away, but it’s never too early to get a head start on your Super Bowl preparations. So if you’re adamant (we do not endorse anything here) in putting a little something on the big game, it’s best to get started reading up on where the best places to do it and try your hand with a few low risk picks to get a feel for it, and you’ll be ready by the time Super Bowl XLIX arrives.