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Super Bowl Betting 101: Lay It All On The Underdog

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Normally, I’m tasked with filling you folks in on various sports betting banking developments, cryptocurrency news, and the like.

But right now, all of my attention – like all of your attention – is on Super Bowl 56.

Since my account has plenty of cash loaded up for Super Bowl Sunday (or Super Bowl Prop Saturday, as the case may be), I’m not so interested in bet funding methods at the moment.

Nor am I all that interested in crypto gambling tips and tricks. Once the crypto market moves again, I’m sure my interest will pivot, but for the next six days, it’s all about the next Super Bowl.

Now, between the game lines themselves and the standard thousand or so props offered by the best legal sportsbooks online, there are already plenty of odds to consider.

Add in the Super Bowl prop builder tools that top sites like Bovada, BetOnline, and MyBookie have made available to their members, and you can multiply that total tenfold. Then, with Super Bowl live betting lines, well, you get the idea.

But despite all these props – for which I have substantial* monies earmarked – most of my cash is going on the good ol’ Super Bowl straight. Here’s how all our favorite books currently have the line:

Super Bowl 56 Winner – Straight Moneyline

Via Bovada Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Rams -185
  • Cincinnati Bengals +160

Via BetOnline Sportsbook  

  • Los Angeles Rams -195
  • Cincinnati Bengals +170

Via MyBookie Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Rams -190
  • Cincinnati Bengals +155

Via BetUS Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Rams -200
  • Cincinnati Bengals +170

Via SportsBetting AG Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Rams -195
  • Cincinnati Bengals +170

Via Xbet Sportsbook

  • Los Angeles Rams -190
  • Cincinnati Bengals +155

I’m going with the Bengals, and I’m placing the bet at BetOnline.

BetOnline has the best Bengals Super Bowl odds right now, and while I could take Cincy on the spread pretty much anywhere, the payout on the straight moneyline is almost twice as large across the board.

But why am I picking Cincinnati to win?

For two reasons:

One: Home teams in the Super Bowl have won the big game 100% of the time throughout NFL history. The “road” team is due. Kek.

But seriously, two: Joe Burrow.

With Tom Brady now officially retired, the league needs a new brash Brady-like superstar to make like Patrick Mahomes and hit the ground running with an early-career Super Bowl victory. Mahomes, after all, is old news.

If you’re not convinced and need a third reason, here you go.

Every year, EA graces us with their official Madden Super Bowl simulation. This game plays out like any other Madden NFL sim akin to those you’ll find at several top sportsbook sites, and it has a track record of about 50 percent.

Of course, I’m not putting any stock in that. If I wanted to bet on Madden sims, I’d bet on Madden sims. Or Madden eSports, for that matter.

In reality, I’m just going with my gut. The Bengals are hot, they have a chip on their shoulder, and Burrow’s more exciting than that Lions guy who replaced that other guy who has all those kids and who also never won anything. Plus, this one’s for Harambe.

As for the book I’m using this Sunday, I’m changing things up a bit.

Normally, I’d be placing my 2021-2022 Super Bowl bets at Bovada, but I’m currently locked out of my account.

To be clear, this isn’t Bovada’s fault – I simply went too long without logging in, and the account was suspended per the site’s security protocol.

A quick call to Bovada customer service will unlock my account, but I’m not likely to have too much time before game day to get that done.

Sure, it only takes 15 minutes, but BetOnline’s got better odds for my particular pick, and it’s also the only sportsbook out of the above six options where I’ve got an active bonus going.

Ergo ipso facto exacto, that’s where I’ll be betting on the Super Bowl this year.

However, if you’re reading this and have a Bovada account you haven’t logged into in several months but intend to use to bet on the Super Bowl, go ahead and try to log in now.

If your Bovada login comes back with an error, there’s still plenty of time to contact customer service, even via email (though we recommend telephone or on-site chat).

If your Bovada login works successfully, consider placing a small bet to show that you’re an active bettor. This way, there’ll be zero surprises when you fire up your browser to lay some money down 15 minutes before kickoff.

Remember, on Super Bowl Sunday itself, Bovada’s help line will probably be the busiest it’s ever been, and you aren’t likely to get your account issues resolved before the game gets underway.

In fact, no matter which site you regularly use to bet sports online, you’ll want to do this. “A stitch in time” and all that.

*Not very much

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