So much of the talk you hear about 2016 Super Bowl betting is the point spread, but there are tons of other ways to bet on the big game.
You can bet on the Super Bowl point spread, moneyline or over/under with Proline, Mise-O-Jeu, Sport Select or PlayNow. It’s obviously convenient because you can just buy your ticket at the corner store, but you’ll get poorer odds with most lotteries and also have to parlay your Super Bowl picks (bet on a couple other games on the same ticket) instead of being able to just bet on one outcome.
Or you can use online sportsbooks, which allow you to do single-game betting on your computer or mobile device. You can also place a bet over the phone at some sportsbooks.
Using online sportsbooks is legal in Canada, but depositing funds into your account can be a bit of a headache. Bodog is a great sportsbook to use if you need to fund your account quickly before the Super Bowl, since you can deposit money there the same way you would email money to a friend.
If you’re interested in the great signup bonuses at Bet365 or Sports Interaction, or prefer getting the best odds offered by Pinnacle Sports, check out our funding methods page to determine the best way to deposit at those sportsbooks.
Below are the many different ways you can do 2016 Super Bowl betting at online sportsbooks (odds were current as of Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2016). We’ve used screenshots from Sports Interaction, which is a Canadian sportsbook that is offering a $200 signup bonus for the Super Bowl.
By the way: a great way to deposit money at Sports Interaction is by using Paysafecard, which is a 16-digit code you can purchase at a gas station or other vendors and then input that code at Sports Interaction to get the money credited to your account.
2016 Super Bowl betting point spread
By betting the point spread, you can either bet on the Denver Broncos +6 (you win if Denver wins the game or loses by 1-5 points, and your bet cancels if the Broncos lose by 6), or the Carolina Panthers (you win if Carolina wins by more than 6 points, and your bet cancels if the Panthers win by 6).
2016 Super Bowl betting over/under
Betting the over/under (total) means betting there will be more than (Over) or less than (Under) this number of points that will be scored in the game. The over/under for this year’s Super Bowl betting is 45.5 points at Sports Interaction, but may vary at other sportsbooks.
2016 Super Bowl betting moneyline
If you bet the moneyline, you just need to pick the winner. They don’t need to cover the spread for you to win your ticket, and there are no tie rules for a game decided by three points or less.
In this example of the 2016 Super Bowl betting odds, you would have to bet $245 to win 100 on Carolina, and you can win $195 on a $100 bet on Denver.
2016 Super Bowl live betting
Sometimes you’re not sure who’s going to win the game, or how many points will be scored, until you’ve see a few minutes of action.
This can be particularly true in the Super Bowl, when you think nerves might be a factor.
Live betting allows you this opportunity, adjusting the odds throughout the game depending on how the game is going.
2016 Super Bowl betting quarters
Rather than bet on the whole game, you can bet on each quarter.
You can bet on the winner of the quarter, or the point spread, or even the teams to tie in the quarter.
You can also bet on totals in each quarter. Typically, the second and fourth quarters have higher totals than the first and third.
2016 Super Bowl betting halves
Similar to quarters betting, you can bet on each half.
The first half betting lines for Super Bowl betting are usually approximately half of the full-game line. You can see the point spread in the 2016 Super Bowl is 6, so there’s a 3.5 point spread in the first half. The full game total is 45.5, so it’s 23 in the first half.
The second half betting lines will be set at halftime.
2016 Super Bowl betting alternate spreads
This is betting on the point spread, but with the opportunity of either playing it safe or going for a big score.
If you think it’s likely that the Panthers will blow out the Broncos by more than 10 points or more, you could take Carolina -10 and win $135 on a $100 bet.
If you think Denver can keep it pretty close but are a bit concerned about the 6-point spread, you could take the Broncos +10 and risk $213 to win $100.
2016 Super Bowl betting alternate totals
Just like alternate spreads, alternate totals allow you to move the line in either direction.
Some sample alternate totals for the 2016 Super Bowl betting include Over 49.5 at +152 odds, Over 41.5 at -192 odds and Under 49.5 at -222 odds.
2016 Super Bowl betting teasers
A popular way to bet on NFL football is to use teasers, where you can get 6 (or more, if you want) free points on the point spread or total if you bet on two or more outcomes at once.
2016 Super Bowl betting teaser options at Sports Interaction would be combining the Panthers -0 (just to win) and the Over 39.5 or Under 51.5, or the Broncos +12 and the Over 39.5 or Under 51.5.
2016 Super Bowl betting parlays
A parlay bet is when you bet two or more outcomes on the same wager and need to win all of them to cash your ticket (similar to Proline).
There is much more risk involved with this, but also a bigger potential payout.
You can parlay the Super Bowl point spread or moneyline with the total if you’d like, or parlay one of the Super Bowl bets with any other game going on that day.
2016 Super Bowl betting props
Ahhh, props, the granddaddy of ‘em all. Who doesn’t like betting on squares or some of those other fun contests at Super Bowl parties?
Online sportsbooks offer a ton of prop bets as well, ranging from who will win the MVP trophy to how the first points will be scored, whether the game total will be an even or odd number, who will kick the longest field goal, who will make the first coaches’ challenge, who will complete the most passes and even who will win the coin toss.
If you’re a real degenerate, you can even bet on how long the national anthem will be or whether Beyonce will show cleavage during the halftime show.