If the Super Bowl is like a child’s Christmas morning for sports bettors — weeks of anticipation climaxing with a rush of activity to see if your wish list is fulfilled — then the week before is more like the prolonged celebration of Hanukkah.
Each day of checking any or all of Pennsylvania’s 12 online sportsbooks can lead to something to cheer a bettor: an odds shift, a new prop bet, a special odds boost.
And especially rewarding are the many promotions available to customers willing to risk relatively small amounts on a Super Bowl wager, such as $10, $25, or $50.
The betting sites all still have their normal welcome offers for new customers that are advertised as deposit match bonuses or risk-free bets, but leading up to the Super Bowl they tack on a range of promos tied specifically to bets on what they are required to call “The Big Game” (due to NFL trademark restrictions). Some offers are specifically for new customers, but many are available to all players.
We provide a rundown below of those you might want to consider, but first, let’s get the basics out of the way for Sunday evening’s Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
(All information is from what showed up on the Pennsylvania betting sites as of Friday morning and is subject to change and additions throughout the weekend, so it’s a good idea to check the sites each day.)
Everyone lists Chiefs -3, but not identically
In what is considered a relatively even matchup between two strong teams led by stellar quarterbacks, the point spread has been more or less consistent throughout the week, with every site now listing the Chiefs as 3-point favorites, though the vig and moneyline odds vary.
The points total over/under has also been consistently around a high-scoring 56, give or take a half-point either way, depending on the site.
Depending on which of those standard bets you’re leaning toward, below are the best options to be found among the dozen sites (half of which use odds originated by Kambi, and thus are nearly identical in what they post).
If you favor the Chiefs giving 3 points: FOX Bet and BetAmerica are best, as they are the only ones using the standard -110 vig for Chiefs -3.
If you favor the Bucs getting 3 points: Both FanDuel and Caesars offer the bet at even money (+100).
If you favor the Chiefs to win: The moneyline wager costing you the least to take the favorite is -154 from FOX Bet.
If you favor the Bucs to win: The biggest payoff for this mild upset is the +145 from Caesars.
If you favor the game score to go “over”: FOX Bet has the lowest o/u at 55.5 and offers it at the standard -110 vig.
If you favor the points to go “under”: FanDuel is the best option with an o/u of 56.5 that uses -105 for the under.
No better time for new users to act
If you have resisted the urge to sign up with any of the online sportsbooks thus far — or know someone in that position — Super Bowl weekend might be the best time to register and deposit.
That’s because of several advantageous offers tied specifically to Sunday’s game for new customers. Among them:
FanDuel: The state’s most popular betting site offers anyone making a first-time deposit 55/1 odds on the moneyline for either team on a $5 wager. In other words, take your pick of either Kansas City or Tampa Bay, and if they win, you receive $275 for your $5 risk.
DraftKings: The No. 2 site in usage advertises a “Big Game No Brainer” for new users. You can place an even-money wager, up to $50, that a touchdown will be scored in the game. It’s essentially a $50 give-away.
FOX Bet: New users can get 10/1 odds, on a wager up to $10, that either team will score. That’s $100 in free bets.
BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse: The twin sites of Rush Street Interactive offer new users a BIGGAME500 promo. It consists of a $100 match on a first-time deposit of $100, and if you bet $100 on the Super Bowl, you receive an additional $400 in future betting credits.
And for the existing players …
Existing customers don’t commonly receive offers as generous as ones offered for new sign-ups, but the attention on the Super Bowl leads operators to drive traffic to their sites through promotions that are still quite attractive.
These were available as of Friday morning:
BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse: Wagering $55 or more beforehand on the Super Bowl entitles customers to five $11 free bets to be issued over the next five weeks.
Unibet: Everyone can access a free $21 live bet during the game. Also, making a $20 or more prop bet on the first player to score a TD entitles you to a $1 bonus for every point scored by his team, whether your bet wins or loses. Similarly, bet at least $50 on either QB to throw at least three TD passes and receive a future $6 free bet for every TD pass he does throw.
BetMGM: Place a $25 one-game parlay wager on the Super Bowl and receive a $10 free bet.
Parx: As a reward for any $25 wager on the game, bettors receive five future $20 free bets spread over the next five weeks.
Barstool Sportsbook: The Penn National Gaming site has an offer that is both the most costly and most potentially lucrative, in the form of an additional 5/1 gamble. Place a $100 bet on the game by Friday — using any one of 11 stipulated betting options — and you are automatically enrolled in the “Big Game Live Bet Showdown.” You are randomly assigned to one of five Barstool personalities who will be in a live betting contest during the game, and if the one you are matched with wins that contest, your account is credited with $1,000 in bonus betting funds.