It’s been a long wait for many bettors who were able to drop a fiver on the BetStars Super Bowl promo earlier in the season. Early in the season, BetStars (the sports betting arm of PokerStars) offered gamblers an early season $5 Super Bowl future wager with minimum odds of 100/1.
The promotion, which ran from Sept. 14-30, offered the massive odds on any team in the NFL, but only one $5 wager. The site even raised the odds on the local New York Jets to 300/1. That was a nice value for a team that was really going at 80/1 at other books, but obviously, the Jets missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season.
Bettors cashing in
Those who placed those wagers on the Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriots are now in the driver’s seat and many may be looking to now hedge those bets to ensure some easy money. The Patriots began the season as the betting favorite to win the title at 6/1. The Rams were a heavy favorite as well at 10/1 – the same odds as the Super Bowl champion Eagles as well as the Vikings and Patriots.
BetStars told us this week that 46 percent of the 100/1 promotion bets were placed on the Rams, and 18 percent on the Patriots.
No doubt many viewed the Rams as a well-coached and talented up-and-coming team with a shot at some success. Five bucks must have seemed like it might be worth a shot at some decent money. Those bettors certainly are licking their chops for Super Bowl Sunday, and a non-call of pass interference in the NFC Championship game proved lucrative.
Amazingly, the two teams accounted for about 66 percent of all our Super Bowl betting through the promotion. The Patriots are a 2.5-point favorite heading into Sunday’s big game with the over/under hovering around 57. The game looks to a matchup of two potent offenses with a young coach and quarterback squaring off against a dynasty looking to bring home a sixth Lombardi Trophy.
And when all the hoopla, pregame show analysis, and celebrity appearances are over, plenty of bettors placed wagers in New Jersey early in the season will be eagerly watching and hoping to cash a nice ticket.