Super Bowl 57 props cancelled!
The Super Bowl is not just the biggest game in U.S. sports, it's also the most wagered on sporting event in the world. Part of the reason for that is the myriad of proposition wagers available for the Big Game. And the props aren't just for the game, they range from pre-game bets on the National Anthem and coin toss to cross-sport bets involving the NBA, PGA and more.
With nearly 1000 props available, there are bound to be some snafus along the way, but in recent days some of the top online sportsbooks have taken down several of the special props that are unique to the Super Bowl.
Industry leading online sportsbook BetOnline featured nine prop bets available for the Star Spangled Banner. The biggest one of them all is the length of this year's National Anthem performance by Grammy-winning, country music star Chris Stapleton. The time on the Anthem was originally set anywhere from 123 to 128 seconds by sportsbooks around the globe. But the prop was closed due to suspicious betting patterns on Over 127 seconds by BetOnline. The betting giant also suspended wagering on the length of the final "Brave" at the end of the anthem. We checked online sportsbooks from around the world and no one is offering these top Anthem props anymore.
In addition, the wager for the number of planes involved in the flyover by the U.S. Navy during the Anthem has been suspended. A BetOnline representative told us that there was a "leak that it would be three Air Force jets", which would have gone under the posted total of five. NBC Sports ran an article detailing the flyover, shortly thereafter.
In an odd twist, the public has been hammering several other wagers posted for the Star Spangled Banner. The Super Bowl props for which coach and quarterback would be shown first on the main Fox Broadcast have seen significant line moves. Chiefs' coach Andy Reid is now a huge favorite over Philadelphia's Nick Sirianni after opening at a pick 'em and the line on Patrick Mahomes being shown first has jumped significantly to -165 at BetOnline and several other sportsbooks that offer this wager.
Super Bowl LVII Halftime
The Super Bowl halftime is more than just a way to occupy time while the teams regroup for the second half, it has turned into a huge multi-million dollar spectacle that is a must watch for most viewers. So, of course, there is wagering available with props for the first song, number of songs, hair and lipstick color, wardrobe (or lack thereof), and who will show up to collaborate in front of millions of people.
This year pop star Rhianna headlines the show and there are crazy props for her and for her performance. Players can wager on the color of her dress and shoes, accessories like sunglasses or a necklace and whether or not she will show cleavage, with Yes being a huge favorite of from 3-1 to -500 at some top online sportsbooks. Frankly, if you can find it, that one looks like a lock.
But, the Super Bowl halftime usually includes special guest artists on stage and this year it has been speculated that Drake, Jay-Z and/or A$AP Rocky may show up on stage for halftime. Though several online sportsbooks still have props for these guest stars available, BetOnline again closed this prop due to an over-abundance of wagers and chatter regarding an appearance by Jay-Z. And, they closed the prop for Rhianna's closing song. In fact, sportsbooks appear to have taken down all of Rhianna's halftime song props, but the last song prop was closed at BetOnline due to to suspicious betting patterns on "Diamonds".
Luckily, for any players who jumped on these now-closed props, bets will stand and be honored, despite ruining the fun and pre-game betting excitement for sports bettors. But as one person on Twitter, who is obviously a fan of crazy Super Bowl props wrote, "Guys who bet this stuff knowing outcomes are scum of the Earth," and in our opinion, real killjoys for fans and bettors of Super Bowl novelty props.