The line to beat opened at a pick ‘em once the Rams and Patriots punched their tickets to Super Bowl LIII. Patriots money immediately poured in ultimately pushing the number to beat up to -2.5. The amount of bets and money wagered on New England was so lopsided through the first week leading up to the big game that better than 70 percent of each was on the Patriots. But once Super Bowl Sunday finally showed up, Rams money finally started to arrive to almost make it “Even Steven” leading up to kickoff.
When the ball was put into the air, 52 percent of the money and 64 percent of the bets resided with the eventual Super Bowl champions.
The same type of scenario played out with the total as well. In the week leading up to LIII, it felt like BookMaker.eu couldn’t field a single over bet. For every five total bets placed, four expected a low scorer to play out. As the days went by, the total dropped from the opener of 58.5 down to 57.5 then to 57, 56 and before going off the board at 55.5. However, some big money wagers came in on the over at the tail end to even the scales out dramatically.
Once Gladys Knight finished belting out the National Anthem, only 50.1 percent of the money taken in wagers resided on the under.
Though the side and total didn’t ultimately kill offshore sportsbooks, it left a mark. What did however were the props to make Super Bowl LIII one to forget for the boys offshore. Let’s dig into a couple of the big boppers and some of the more popular ones leading up to the game.
After Tony Romo accurately predicted a number of plays in his call of the AFC title game, offshore and land based sportsbooks all scrambled to find a way to get the Dallas Cowboys former quarterback into the betting mix. BookMaker.eu ultimately ran with “Will a Play Tony Romo Predicts Result in a TD.” Yes closed at +202 and No. at -281.
With the game ultimately playing out to a stinker that had limited scoring opportunities and more field goals than touchdowns, Romo never had an ample amount of opportunities to give those that wagered on “Yes” a chance to cash in. A few more shekels were on “No” than “Yes” so this was a losing proposition for sportsbooks.
The betting public took home a nice little payday on Sony Michel who ended up scoring not only the game’s first touchdown, but the Pats’ first as well. He paid out nearly 3-1 on the latter and better than 6-1 on the former and was one of the more popular players backed in both prop options.
The betting public also cashed in on some alternate betting lines with New England winning by 7-12 points being one of the most heavily bet. It offered up a sweet 5.5-1 return and took in nearly as much money as New England winning by 1 to 6 points. Another big pay day for the betting public at the best sportsbooks!
BookMaker.eu made a killing on the MVP odds with Todd Gurley and Rob Gronkowski taking in the lion’s shares of the bets and money. Right behind them were Tom Brady, Jared Goff and Aaron Donald. Unfortunately, Julian Edelman ended up bringing home the hardware after his 10 catch and 141 yard performance. Paying off at nearly 30-1, he winning the award basically wiped out all profit made on the prop and to see the book take another loss.
So that puts a wrap on the 2018-19 NFL betting season. It’s sad to see no Football option in the betting menu on the top left of the login screen, but that’s now football bettor’s reality. If you already got the itch, New England is currently installed +600 favorites to win Super Bowl LIV while Los Angeles checks in at +800. See you next year!