Indiana to collect on first Super Bowl for sports betting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind- The Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl Sunday.

As the teams get ready for the game in Miami, bettors are getting ready in Indy.

"I don't bet much, but it’s the Super Bowl so time to do it,” said Tom Wulle, who was taking a look at the list of prop bets at the Winner's Circle sportsbook in downtown Indianapolis. “I ain't got a dog in the race so I’m gonna do some prop bets today.”

It’s the first Super Bowl where gambling is legal in Indiana, and besides just betting on the spread, Hoosiers can wager money on hundreds of bets.

"We have 8 pages of what we call "prop bets,'" said General Manager of the Winner's Circle Brad Baldini. "So anything from the coin toss to who scores first, who scores last, to anything in between.”

The Indiana Gaming Commission recently approved a list of bets that included...

  • Coin Toss outcome
  • Player to Correctly Call Coin Toss
  • Team to win Coin Toss and Game
  • Color of Gatorade Shower
  • Who will Super Bowl MVP thank first?
  • Player X to Retire After Game
  • Will there be a flea flicker?

At the Winner's Circle, you can even place a bet on the winner of the 2021 Super Bowl. The 49ers are the current favorite.

“Some people are going to probably dabble in this, this may be their first time ever betting and there’s some fun stuff out there to bet on,” said Johnny Avello, Director of Race & Sports Operations for DraftKings.

The state’s most popular mobile sports book has been welcoming bets on the game for more than a week, and plan to do so even during the game with live betting.

"We’ll put up a new line, a new total, a new moneyline also during the game for all 4 quarters and even in the middle of those quarters," Avello said. "So if you don't get down on the game because you were late or you were waiting to see how the game evolved, that's another way to bet.”

Since a number of states including Indiana are betting for the first time, it’s hard to guess how much money will be wagered this year. But Avello estimates it’ll be more than $300 million.

"This is the most heavily bet game of the year," Avello said. "There are other events that will rival this like March Madness, but that takes place over the course of 3 weeks. But for one individual game? This is it.”

After watching a season full of football and going over the stats, Wulle has come to a conclusion.

“Offense. I see a lot of offense coming," Wulle said, indicating he planned to take the over at 54. "I think Patrick Mahomes is going to throw a couple touchdowns at least.”

Despite his confidence, that bet is no guarantee. The only player guaranteed to make money besides the casino, is the state of Indiana. 9.5% of betting revenue will go towards the state's general fund.



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