As retail Massachusetts sportsbooks gains momentum just a week after launch, here comes the biggest annual event on the American sports calendar.
And hundreds of ways to bet on it.
Sunday's Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will be the first football game that folks in the Bay State can bet on legally, at three brick-and-mortar casino locations.
The WynnBet Massachusetts Sportsbook at Encore Boston Harbor in Everett is one of those outlets, and the closest one for Bostonians.
Eagles-Chiefs Bets at WynnBet
The New England Patriots missed the playoffs, ending the season early for fans in and around The Hub, but this Super Bowl matchup still provides plenty of exciting options.
Online Massachusetts sportsbook apps are scheduled to launch in March but retail sportsbooks began accepting wagers Jan. 31.
Sure, you can go with standard wagers such as the point spread (the Eagles are 1.5-point favorites with WynnBet as of Tuesday afternoon), moneyline (Philadelphia is -125, Kansas City is +105) or total (the over/under is 51).
But you, good sports fans of Massachusetts, have been hearing about all of these wacky Super Bowl proposition bets for years. Now you don’t have to go all the way to Las Vegas or Atlantic City — or even neighboring New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island or New York — to legally get in on the interesting action.
You won't be able to use a Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts promo code to place these wagers, but you'll have no trouble finding active markets at brick-and-mortar operators.
Quirky Super Bowl Prop Bets
The Super Bowl is the biggest sports betting event of the year, partly because people with little invested in the game’s outcome can try to gain an edge by betting on game propositions by the bushel.
Want to bet on an offensive lineman to score a touchdown in Super Bowl 57? That’s a +3500 wager (on the American odds system, meaning you’d wager $100 to win $3500 in profit).
Can Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes or Eagles QB Jalen Hurts break the record for passing yards in a Super Bowl? That bet is also +3500 — the record is 505 yards by Tom Brady for the Patriots in their loss to these very same Eagles in Super Bowl 52. That seems far likelier (and at better odds) than anybody breaking the Super Bowl rushing yardage record, a +2500 prop. Timmy Smith’s 204-yard performance for Washington against Denver from SB 22 still stands after 35 years.
Do you like to hear the doink of a kick hitting the crossbar or goalpost? You can bet on a field goal or extra point to clank off the iron at +450, or wager against it at -650.
At BetMGM Massachusetts Sportsbook, which is partnered with the MGM Springfield Casino, you can bet on the side of the coin that will come up on the pregame flip (heads and tails are both -105) and which team will win that coin flip (both teams are -105).
BetMGM also offers props on what the first scoring play will be. A game-opening safety sounds unlikely, right? Well, three times in Super Bowl history the first score of the game has been a safety. You can wager either the Eagles or Chiefs at +6600 to start the scoring by taking a 2-0 lead.
Multi-Sport Betting Props
Then there are props involving the number in a Super Bowl statistical category compared to a number from some other sport, which Bay State residents can take advantage of with retail sports betting up and running in Massachusetts.
At WynnBet you can take the Eagles point total to be greater or lesser than the total number of goals in NHL games on Sunday (there are four hockey games that day). Either side is at -115. You can place the exact same bet at the same odds for the Chiefs.
Continuing with the hockey theme, WynnBet offers receptions for Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce compared to the total number of goals from the Edmonton Oilers-Montreal Canadiens game that afternoon — again with both sides at -115.
More into basketball? Try Mahomes pass attempts (-125) vs. Joel Embiid points (-105). But look closely because Mahomes is at -4.5, meaning he’ll have to have five more attempts than the 76ers star has points against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night. Mahomes averaged 38 attempts per game in the regular season and Embiid is at 33.4 points a game, so that spread seems fair.
There are also plenty of ways to put together MA parlay betting options as well.
More About Massachusetts Sports Gambling
Do none of these props for Sunday’s game appeal to you? Or are you a diehard Patriots fan itching to bust out a futures bet on Bill Belichick and company winning the Super Bowl in February 2024?
When online sports betting launches in March, you can get futures bets on next NFL season, props on the NFL Draft and more from the comfort of your home. Caesars Sportsbook Massachusetts will be one of those options — the operator currently has the Pats at +4500 to win the Super Bowl 12 months from now.
And don’t forget the NBA and NHL playoffs, both of which will start soon after online MA sports betting gets underway. The Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins both have the best record in their respective leagues more than halfway through their seasons and are favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy and Stanley Cup, respectively.
When online wagering on sports launches in the Bay State, we’ll have the best Massachusetts sportsbook promo codes at BetMassachusetts, where you can get great promotions to open an account and review the sites before you place a bet.