The Super Bowl is the big game for the NFL. But is it the big game for sports bettors? It may be for some, but the smart sports bettor will be very careful when it comes to this game. Too many people risk way too much on the Super Bowl. Why does that happen? Primarily, due to the hype – they feel as if they have to bet on it, or else they’re not part of the event.
Consider this: As an NFL bettor, if you’ve had a successful season so far, how much more can you win by betting on one game? If you wager a lot, you stand to lose a lot. If you’re trying to make up for a tough season on this one game, you’re better off wagering on another sport, such as basketball or hockey, and slowly making your losses.
The Super Bowl is one game and you should treat it as such.
During the NFL season, you always have a wealth of games from which to choose. Even during the playoffs you have multiple choices. When you have a playoff series, like in MLB, the NHL, and the NBA, you have numerous games on which to bet. But the Super Bowl is one game, and one that is heavily handicapped – that puts sports bettors at a great disadvantage. One of the sports bettor’s best friends is choice. With the Super Bowl, your best friend has deserted you.
Props Will Kill You
There’s way too much wagering on ridiculous Super Bowl props that are designed to attract action from the betting public. These are sucker bets and include everything from who will score the first points (and how he will do it), to who will win the coin toss, all the way to the wardrobe choice of the singer performing the national anthem.
If you’ve been a serious sports bettor throughout the NFL season, don’t throw discipline out the door for the Super Bowl. Limit the amount of action in which you’re willing to engage.
The Hype, The Hype!
Between media day, the pregame push, the halftime show, and so much more, it’s fairly easy to discern that the Super Bowl is about hype. It is designed to create as much interest as possible and to get every amateur bettor making a wager. It’s the Kentucky Derby of football, where the common person makes nothing, and the rich get richer. It doesn’t mean you should not bet, but it does mean that you don’t want to get caught up in – and trapped by – the hype.
How to Limit Your Risk
The best advice regarding the Super Bowl is to make one of two basic bets. Those would be the spread and over/under. Stay away from anything else. You’re much better off ramping it up for the NHL, NBA, or college basketball seasons, or prepping for MLB. There’s very little to be gained by wagering on the Super Bowl because there are very few valuable betting opportunities through which you can hedge you bets. Protect your bankroll. The next NFL season will be here soon enough.