How to Bet on the Super Bowl

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Super Bowl 49 between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks is set to kick off on Sunday, February 1st at 6:30 EST. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona with NBC providing the television coverage.

For those of you thinking about betting on the game this weekend, here is a closer look at the different types of wagers you can make.  After all, it’s always more enjoyable to watch a game when you have a little something on the line.

Money Line

The most simple bet you can make on Super Bowl 49 is picking who you think will win the game. You can currently get the favored Patriots at -120 on the money line at 5dimes.  The Seahawks are the underdogs and listed at +100.

For those of you who might not understand what the +/- means, because New England is favored, you would have to bet $120 (-120) to win $100. For the Seahawks, if you were to bet $100 you would win $100 (+100) if they were to win outright.  As you might guess, many times the underdog is a popular bet on the money line because of the higher payout, but don’t be surprised to see a lot of people jumping on New England as well.


Betting the spread is a way for oddsmakers to set a line to try and get 50/50 action on both sides of the game. The Patriots are currently listed at -1.5, while the Seahawks are +1.5.  If New England wins the game by 2 points or more, it will cover the spread.  If Seattle loses the game by 1 point or wins outright, it would cover the spread.

Instead of taking the +1.5 on the Seahawks and paying the juice (-110), the smart bet would be to just take them on the money line at +100.  You would essentially save $10 for every $100 bet by taking them on the money line if you were to lose.  The only way you could be upset about making this decision is if the Seahawks lost by exactly 1 point, which is a low probability.  Most games are decided by a field goal or more.


5Dimes currently has the total for Super Bowl 49 set at 48 points.  That means you can either place a bet on the total combined score of the game to go over 48 (-110) or under 48 (-110).  Notice you get the same odds regardless of which side you take, meaning you have to bet $110 to win $100 whether you take the over or the under.

This bet takes into consideration the dominance of the offenses and defenses in the game.  If you believe it is going to be a defensive battle, then take the ‘under’.  If you feel like the offenses are going to control the game, then select the ‘over’.  This is a battle between one of the top scoring offenses (New England) against the top scoring defenses (Seattle) in the league, so it’s strength versus strength.


Unlike any other game, the Super Bowl offers hundreds of prop bets for you to choose from. For instance, you can bet on who will score the first touchdown, how many rushing yards will Marshawn Lynch have, or how many touchdowns will Tom Brady throw. These are just a few of hundreds of prop bets you can make on Super Bowl 49.

While this may seem a bit over the top for some fans, many experts feel like they have a solid grasp on how the game will go, thus they can make a killing on these prop bets. Take a look and see what you can find.  Many people believe prop bets are easier than picking the winner of the game, while others just do them for extra action and entertainment.

About the Author: Jack Jones has been one of the top experts on the site while competing against roughly 80 of the best handicappers in the world each year. He has made most of his money on the hardwood. In fact, he has finished in the Top-5 in college basketball each of the last three seasons (#5 2011-12, #5 2012-13, #3 2013-14). He was also the No. 1 NBA handicapper from 2012-13. As of early April, Jack has compiled an 802-631 basketball run that has seen his $1,000 game players profit $124,030. He was the No. 3 College Football handicapper in 2012-13. While he doesn't have any top finishes in the NFL, he has produced steady profits without killing his clients. Jack also was your No. 7 MLB handicapper in 2009 and backed it up with a No. 8 MLB finish in 2010. No matter the sport, the one thing you can count on with Jack Jones is that he won't leave any stone unturned. You'll know why he is on a game with his detailed analysis, and more times than not, you will come out well ahead against your book. Head on over to Jack's premium pick page to see what he has in store for tonight!
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