30 Weird Things You Can Bet on During the Super Bowl (No Sports Knowledge Required)

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You might think the only bet to make is which team will win, but there are also some unusual wagers you can bet on.
Updated June 6, 2024
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Are you ready for the Super Bowl? Party rooms are being prepped, menus are being planned, and Swifties are getting their outfits ready. Chiefs and 49ers fans are psyched for the big showdown.

The halftime show with Usher and Reba is going to be spectacular. All this glitter and drama has fueled tons of excitement for the big game.

Super Bowl LVII is expected to draw a record-breaking audience this year thanks to the highly publicized romance between Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce and also just being the Super Bowl. Of course, when you have a big game like this, you also have people placing a few “friendly wagers” between friends. While some are standard — who will win the game, will TayTay make an appearance alongside Usher at Halftime — others have absolutely nothing to do with who wins.

They’re called prop bets, and they’re big money.

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What is a prop bet?

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The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will wager close to $23.1 billion on the Super Bowl this year, but many of those wagers won't be on who takes home the trophy. These side bets cover the minutiae of the game, things a casual sports fan would never even notice, and some of them won't have anything to do with football at all. Seemingly random wagers — will a bird fly into the game? How many celebs are there? What color is the Gatorade that’s dumped over the winning coach’s head? — spell big paydays for some unconventional gamblers.

A proposition bet, or prop bet, can cover everything from how many points will happen in a quarter, to a specific player's performance, to what sneakers a player is wearing. Prop bets can make games feel more exciting, allow fans to feel that they’re more involved in the game, and even be used to add humor to an intense rivalry.

30 unusual Super Bowl bets

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This Super Bowl has an eclectic variety of prop bets. Between all the celeb spottings (we see you, Tay Tay), the world-class performers, and the intense rivalry between the teams, imaginations have gone wild.

Here are some of this year's most popular prop bets.

Things that can happen on the field

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1. Shortest touchdown scored

2. Christian McCaffrey to score 2+ rushing touchdowns

3. Travis Kelce, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Alyuk, and Rashee Rice combine for 400+ receiving yards

4. Will the 49ers score the longest touchdown

5. Will the kicker hit the uprights/crossbar on a missed field goal/extra point

6. First team to score a touchdown

7. Player to score the first touchdown

8. Will the game go into overtime

9. Either QB to catch their own pass

10. Will an offensive lineman score a touchdown

11. Will the game go into double overtime

12. Total yardage of all touchdowns in the game

13. Most tackles in the game

14. Will there be a two-point conversion

15. Total yardage per quarter

Celebrity bets

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16. Will Jason Kelce be shirtless in the VIP box

17. How many times will Taylor Swift be on camera during the game

18. What song will Usher perform first

19. Will Drake wear Kansas City Chiefs merch

20. Will Reba McEntire sing the National Anthem under 90.5 seconds

21. Will Nicki Minaj perform a duet with Usher during the halftime show

22. Will Travis Kelce propose to Taylor Swift after the game

23. Will Taylor Swift break up with Travis Kelce after the game

24. Will Taylor Swift announce her pregnancy before or after the game

25. Will Taylor Swift leave the game during the half

Things that can happen before or after the game

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26. Which team wins the coin toss

27. Will a player propose to his girlfriend before or after the game

28. What color Gatorade used in the aftergame Gatorade bath

29. Will a player break up with his girlfriend after the game

30. How many times will a Vegas landmark be shown during commercial breaks

Bottom line

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Super Bowl LVIII is shaping up to be the most exciting Big Game yet, and it’s estimated that 110 million people will tune in. Whether it's for the sport, the commercials, the halftime show, or just to catch a glimpse of the world’s favorite pop star on the jumbotron, pretty much everyone will be watching and maybe making a few of those side bets. Prop bets might sound fun, but it’s still gambling so only wager what you're willing to lose.

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