Action on the Super Bowl is starting to pick up Friday afternoon as tourist roll into Las Vegas and online books watch their servers hum with the flood of Big Game bets.
We chat with Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook supervisor at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, and Aron Black of Bet365.com as we head into the Super Bowl weekend.
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers (-3.5, 47.5)
Bets slowly rolled in over the past two weeks, but lines are getting longer at Las Vegas sportsbooks and the majority of those bettors are putting their money down on the San Francisco 49ers.
Books expected this push from the public after taking one-sided action on the Baltimore Ravens for nearly two weeks. The MGM Mirage is dealing the 49ers -3.5 (-120) and is bracing for some big bets, which had to be approved, to come in.
“Right now we’re getting more San Francisco money, but we’re waiting on some larger wagers to come in and we don’t know who they’re betting,” says Stoneback, referring to some renowned casino players and guests expected to flirt with seven-figure wagers Sunday. “Those will make an impact.”
As for the total, both Nevada and online books expect a lean towards the over in the hours before kickoff. Stoneback believes the total, which stands at 47.5, could get as high as 49 before sharps buyback on the under.
The futures odds are an interesting market for most sportsbooks. San Francisco entered the season as the overall favorite to win the Super Bowl and has drawn a lot more attention in the second half of the NFL season.
“Futures wise, we want Baltimore,” Black told Covers. “San Francisco has been heavily backed all season, which died down when Smith went out. But with Kaepernick’s performances and San Francisco winning, they were very popular for the Super Bowl book going into the playoffs.”
Check out the latest Super Bowl XLVII line moves on our NFL Live Odds page.