Super Bowl prop bets can lead to a big payday

Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning speaks to the media during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from some of the ridiculous pregame prop bets about the duration of the National Anthem or the amount of times Peyton Manning yells OMAHA, Super Bowl props can offer some long odds and big payouts.

While most of the player props hover near the moneyline, a number of the team and final score bets can offer odds starting from 5-to-1. The odds increase from there, and can get up into the 15-to-1 neighborhood before they get into some of the more obscure possible outcomes.

One of the sentimental favorites for this weekend involves Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. As a 15-year veteran playing in his first Super Bowl, Bailey is +550 to intercept a pass on Sunday. This means if you put $100 on the outcome, you would win $550 if Bailey makes a pick. Depending on where the bet was made, you could probably expect to get your 100 bucks back along with the winnings.

Sticking with some player props, picking the player who scores the first or last touchdown of the game can also off a nice return on your wager. According to LVH, the former Las Vegas Hilton, Marshawn Lynch has the shallowest odds to score the first or last TD with 5-to-1 and 6-to-1, respectively. After Lynch, the most likely candidates come in between 8-to-1 and 12-to-1, including Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas and Percy Harvin.

Bettors looking for a full game of excitement for their bets can choose a number of end-of-game props that can pay off nicely. Choosing the final score for one of the teams will pay no less than 12-to-1, while picking the correct number of completions by a QB will pay at least 10-1.

There is a lot more to prop bets than what Bruno Mars will be wearing during the pregame show. Just ask anyone who put down money on a safety being the first scoring play of the last Giants-Patriots Super Bowl. If the unlikely event were to re-occur this year, you could expect a 60-to-1 return on your wager.

Topics: 2014 Super Bowl, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks

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