The Super Bowl is hours away, but it’s not too late to place a bet on the biggest football game of the year. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. EST, and this is expected to be a very close game. Las Vegas oddsmakers still have the Patriots favored by 1.5 points, according to Bovada.lv. Some betting sites have the Patriots favored by 1 point. The over/under is 47.5 at most sites.
Meanwhile, VegasInsider.com’s line is Seattle -1, where the line originally started when the the two sides won their respective conferences two weeks ago.
Prop bets remain a top source of betting. The most prominent prop bet is the gambling on the winner of the most valuable player. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady remains the favorite at 2/1. He is followed by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at 7/2.
The others include Marshawn Lynch (5/1), Rob Gronkowski (10/1), LeGarrette Blount (12/1), Julian Edelman (16/1), Kam Chancellor (16/1), Richard Sherman (25/1), Darrelle Revis (33/1), Doug Baldwin (33/1), Earl Thomas (40/1), Bobby Wagner (50/1), Brandon LaFell (50/1), Danny Amendola (50/1), Jamie Collins (50/1), Jermaine Kearse (50/1), Luke Willson (50/1), Shane Vereen (50/1), K.J. Wright (75/1), Stephen Gostkowski (75/1), Steven Hauschka (75/1), Byron Maxwell (100/1), Devin McCourty (100/1), Dont'a Hightower (100/1), Malcolm Smith (100/1), Patrick Chung (100/1), Rob Ninkovich (100/1) and the Field is at 25/1.
In the 2014 Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos were 2.5-point favorites on the Seahawks, but Seattle prevailed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, 43-8. Linebacker Malcolm Smith won the MVP, and wasn’t even listed in the odds, thus the “Field” was the winner.
There are interesting prop bets. Some of them include “What will Tom Brady do first?” “How many times will ‘deflated’ balls be said during the game?” and “Will Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a TD in the game?”
A classic prop bet is, “What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl Team?” Orange is the leading guess with 3/2 odds.
There is also a prop bet guessing who the MVP will mention first in his interview. “Teammates” is the favorite at 8/5 odds while “God” is at 2/1.
In an odd combination play, there is a prop combining which team wins the Super Bowl and if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. Phil sees his shadow and a Patriots win is the favorite.
It is hard to choose bets wisely. In 2014, the books won a record $19.6 million on the Super Bowl.
Tim Marcin contributed to this report.