Your Guide to Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Prop Betting

The performers are set and sportsbooks will soon be offering prop odds on the halftime show for Super Bowl 56.

Posted: Oct 1, 2021 8:39 AM ET Updated: Oct 1, 2021 8:39 AM ET
The Weeknd performs during the Super Bowl Halftime Show of Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021.
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The Super Bowl halftime show is a break from the action on the field. But thanks to creative oddsmakers and the numerous novelty props, the halftime show doesn’t have to be a break in your Super Bowl betting.

Even though we don’t know who is playing yet, we know who will be entertaining us during the halftime show. Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium in Las Angeles, California will feature a star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, and Kendrick Lamar on February 13, 2022.

With such a large, popular group of performers, sportsbooks are sure to offer a banquet of betting options around their performances, especially since many of these artists have collaborated in the past with huge hits such as "Still D.R.E.," "Forgot About Dre," and "Without Me."

Super Bowl halftime prop odds

While there may not be odds available yet for betting on the Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show, you can see the types of bets that books offered last Super Bowl when Canadian singer, songwriter The Weeknd performed a fun halftime show.

Online sportsbooks offered plenty of wagering options that went along with the show. Find out which bets were winners and learn everything you need to know about betting on the Super Bowl halftime show with this guide.

When it comes to exotic markets at the Super Bowl, there is always wild line movement in some markets leading up to the event. The first song performed at the halftime show is usually one of those as rumors begin to fly about leaked setlists.

Super Bowl 55 halftime prop results

In 2021, that began about a week before the game when an apparent tweet moved "Save Your Tears" from opening odds of +1,200 all the way down to +200. Not long after, most betting sites had pulled the first song odds altogether. Many of those same sportsbooks didn't even put the market back up. Others continued taking action on the first song and you can see the closing odds below.

As it turns out, that "leaked setlist" was nothing but a rumor and Starboy ended up cashing for first song bettors.

The Weeknd's first song performed at Super Bowl halftime show

Selection Current Odds Opening Odds
Starboy -300 +250
Call Out My Name +300 NA
Blinding Lights +425 +175
The Hills +700 +1,000
Can't Feel My Face +900 +320
Save Your Tears +900 +1,200
In Your Eyes +1,000 +1,200

How many songs will be played during the halftime show?

This wager ended in a push as exactly eight songs were performed.

Selection Current Odds Opening Odds
Over 8 -200 -175
Under 8 +150 +135

Super Bowl halftime prop bets explained

The Super Bowl halftime show is must-watch TV, even for casual football fans. The midway mark of the NFL championship game is a spectacle just begging to be bet on, from the performer’s first song to the color of their outfits.   

What is the Super Bowl halftime show?

The halftime show is a celebration as old as the Super Bowl itself. The original shows were planned around a theme, however, organizers ditched that method in the early 1990s and instead went with a notable headliner for the show, with guest appearances by other musical acts.

The halftime show extravaganza has gotten bigger and bigger every year, with complex sets and lighting, multiple guest appearances, and the occasional controversial moment. The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime performance by Janet Jackson is one of the most memorable shows following her notorious “wardrobe malfunction.” 

Super Bowl halftime prop bets

Super Bowl halftime prop bets have picked up in popularity, thanks to the online sports betting boom in the late 1990s. These novelty odds have grown each Super Bowl, limited only by the imagination of oddsmakers and fueled by bettors' appetite for Super Bowl props.

Halftime show props join the coin toss, the national anthem length, and color of the Gatorade bath as some of the more popular Super Bowl novelty odds available. The most common halftime show prop markets are centered around the first song performed, the color of the performer’s outfit, and possible guest appearances on stage during the performance.

How to bet on Super Bowl halftime 

The list of Super Bowl halftime show props varies from sportsbook to sportsbook. However, you will see similar markets at most places, especially when it comes to the color of the performer’s outfit as well as the first song performed. 

These types of props are often presented in a long list with odds for each option based on their probability. An artist’s most popular songs or newest songs often find themselves among the favorites to be the first song performed, while the colors of the teams playing in the Super Bowl can also influence potential performer outfit colors.

Another method for betting halftime props are Yes/No propositions, asking bettors to choose if something will occur or not. Both the Yes and No options will have attached odds, such as “Will a football be used as a prop?”: Yes +300/No -500.

Here are some other fun Yes/No props from the 2020 Super Bowl:

  • Will there be a wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl show?
  • Will a football be used as a prop during the halftime show?
  • Will Shakira wear a hat during the halftime show?
  • Will Gloria Estefan join the halftime show?

Which sportsbooks offer Super Bowl halftime props?

Super Bowl betting sites and those operators outside of the United States are the only books allowed to offer Super Bowl halftime props. 

Due to the unpredictable outcomes and subjective grading, land-based casinos and operators — like those in Las Vegas — are forbidden to offer odds on the halftime show by their respective control boards and gaming commissions. 

Super Bowl halftime betting history

Super Bowl halftime show prop betting was ushered in by the advances in online sports betting in the late 1990s and as the shows grew bigger, so did the odds offerings. 

However, it wasn’t until Janet Jackson’s revealing Super Bowl XXXVIII performance that oddsmakers went wild with the prop odds. Thanks to that controversial moment, a possible “wardrobe malfunction” is always included in the Super Bowl halftime show prop mix.

These fun and exotic Super Bowl odds garner plenty of media attention as well, as they have a huge mainstream appeal beyond the Super Bowl, football, and sports in general.  

Instant replay: Super Bowl Halftime Show prop bets

Super Bowl halftime props are an entertaining way to keep your wagering going while the on-field action is on pause:

  • Halftime props are betting markets centered around the Super Bowl halftime show.
  • Bets range from which songs will be played to what the performer will be wearing.
  • These bets are usually only available at online sportsbooks.

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