What Are Sports Prop Bets?

February 20, 2020

 

A proposition bet in sports betting are more commonly known as a “prop bet.” This kind of betting is very popular overseas. It is now one of the fastest-growing segments of the sports betting industry in the United States. The growth of prop betting in Nevada sportsbooks is evolving and constantly changing as gaming control boards open up to the new kinds of opportunities.

Some prop bets may sometimes appear to be similar to futures bets. The difference between the two bets is that a prop bet is a wager on an individual player or specific event. However, the majority of prop bets at a sportsbook are on individual players and not the entire team during a game. Both opportunities may be available depending on the game.

For example, Super Bowl 54 touchdown props:

First TD
Last TD
Anytime TD
To Score 2+ TDs
To Score 3+ TDs

Damien Williams
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+650
Raheem Mostert
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+700
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+600
Tyreek Hill
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+750
Travis Kelce
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
George Kittle
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+1100
Deebo Samuel
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1200
Tevin Coleman
Bet now
+1400
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1000
Emmanuel Sanders
Bet now
+1600
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+2000
Sammy Watkins
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1400
Matt Breida
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1400
Mecole Hardman
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+2000
Kendrick Bourne
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+2200
Patrick Mahomes
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+2500
Demarcus Robinson
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+2700
Bet now
+2700
Bet now
+3300
Jeff Wilson
Bet now
+3500
Bet now
+3600
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+3300
Darwin Thompson
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+2900
Bet now
+2900
Bet now
+2800
LeSean McCoy
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+3300
Jimmy Garoppolo
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+4200
Bet now
+5000
Bet now
+4000
Kyle Juszczyk
Bet now
+5000
Bet now
+4200
Bet now
+4200
Bet now
+5000

Damien Williams
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Raheem Mostert
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+600
Tyreek Hill
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
Travis Kelce
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+750
George Kittle
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+1100
Deebo Samuel
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1200
Tevin Coleman
Bet now
+1400
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1000
Emmanuel Sanders
Bet now
+1600
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+2000
Sammy Watkins
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1500
Bet now
+1400
Matt Breida
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1200
Bet now
+1400
Kendrick Bourne
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+1600
Bet now
+2200
Mecole Hardman
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+2300
Bet now
+2300
Bet now
+2000
Patrick Mahomes
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+2500
Demarcus Robinson
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+3100
Bet now
+3100
Bet now
+3300
Jeff Wilson
Bet now
+3500
Bet now
+3900
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+3300
Darwin Thompson
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+2800
Bet now
+2800
Bet now
+2800
LeSean McCoy
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+3300
Jimmy Garoppolo
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+3700
Bet now
+3900
Bet now
+4000
Kyle Juszczyk
Bet now
+5000
Bet now
+3900
Bet now
+5000
Bet now
+5000

Raheem Mostert
Bet now
-155
Bet now
-125
Bet now
-125
Bet now
-154
Damien Williams
Bet now
-139
Bet now
-135
Bet now
-130
Bet now
-139
Travis Kelce
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-106
Bet now
+110
Bet now
+105
Bet now
-112
Tyreek Hill
Bet now
-112
Bet now
+110
Bet now
+110
Bet now
-112
George Kittle
Bet now
+125
Bet now
+125
Bet now
+120
Bet now
+140
Deebo Samuel
Bet now
+150
Bet now
+210
Bet now
+200
Bet now
+150
Tevin Coleman
Bet now
+190
Bet now
+200
Bet now
+200
Bet now
+135
Emmanuel Sanders
Bet now
+240
Bet now
+210
Bet now
+220
Bet now
+275
Sammy Watkins
Bet now
+250
Bet now
+260
Bet now
+260
Bet now
+250
Matt Breida
Bet now
+285
Bet now
+200
Bet now
+200
Bet now
+250
Kendrick Bourne
Bet now
+300
Bet now
+310
Bet now
+290
Bet now
+300
Mecole Hardman
Bet now
+325
Bet now
+400
Bet now
+390
Bet now
+300
Patrick Mahomes
Bet now
+400
Bet now
+370
Bet now
+370
Bet now
+475
Darwin Thompson
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+550
Bet now
+450
Jeff Wilson
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+460
Bet now
+450
Bet now
+600
Demarcus Robinson
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+550
Bet now
+500
Bet now
+500
LeSean McCoy
Bet now
+600
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+500
Jimmy Garoppolo
Bet now
+700
Bet now
+900
Bet now
+900
Bet now
+650
Kyle Juszczyk
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+750
Bet now
+850

Raheem Mostert
Bet now
+250
Bet now
+500
Bet now
+550
Bet now
+235
Damien Williams
Bet now
+325
Bet now
+420
Bet now
+420
Bet now
+250
Tyreek Hill
Bet now
+425
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+320
Travis Kelce
Bet now
+475
Bet now
+700
Bet now
+700
Bet now
+320
George Kittle
Bet now
+650
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+800
Bet now
+500
Deebo Samuel
Bet now
+850
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+1100
Bet now
+550
Tevin Coleman
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+500
Emmanuel Sanders
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+2100
Bet now
+1600
Sammy Watkins
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+2000
Bet now
+1300
Matt Breida
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1300
Bet now
+1300
Kendrick Bourne
Bet now
+2500
Bet now
+2800
Bet now
+2800
Bet now
+1600
Mecole Hardman
Bet now
+3000
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+4500
Bet now
+1600
Patrick Mahomes
Bet now
+4000
Bet now
+3700
Bet now
+3700
Bet now
+2500
Demarcus Robinson
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+7000
Bet now
+7000
Bet now
+2500
Darwin Thompson
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+2500
LeSean McCoy
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+2500
Jeff Wilson
Bet now
+8000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+3300
Jimmy Garoppolo
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+3300
Kyle Juszczyk
Bet now
+12500
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+5000

Raheem Mostert
Bet now
+1000
Bet now
+2900
Bet now
+2900
Bet now
+700
Damien Williams
Bet now
+1400
Bet now
+2300
Bet now
+2300
Bet now
+800
Tyreek Hill
Bet now
+1800
Bet now
+3800
Bet now
+3800
Bet now
+1300
Travis Kelce
Bet now
+2200
Bet now
+4200
Bet now
+4200
Bet now
+1300
George Kittle
Bet now
+3500
Bet now
+5500
Bet now
+5500
Bet now
+2000
Deebo Samuel
Bet now
+5000
Bet now
+9500
Bet now
+9500
Bet now
+2500
Tevin Coleman
Bet now
+9000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+2000
Sammy Watkins
Bet now
+10500
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+4000
Matt Breida
Bet now
+15000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+4000
Emmanuel Sanders
Bet now
+15000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+5000
Kendrick Bourne
Bet now
+25000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+5000
LeSean McCoy
Bet now
+25000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+6600
Mecole Hardman
Bet now
+25000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+5000
Darwin Thompson
Bet now
+25000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+6600
Jeff Wilson
Bet now
+25000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
N/A
Bet now
N/A
Patrick Mahomes
Bet now
+50000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+6600
Demarcus Robinson
Bet now
+50000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+6600
Jimmy Garoppolo
Bet now
+50000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
N/A
Kyle Juszczyk
Bet now
+50000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
+10000
Bet now
N/A

In this example, Damien Williams of the Kansas City Chiefs has the shortest odds to score the first touchdown of the game at +650 (odds subject to change). If Williams is the first player to score first, the bet wins and all other “First TD” props lose. A $10 bet on Williams would profit $65, for a total return of $75.

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Prop betting origins

Prop bets became popular in the United States with the Super Bowl. The specific explosion of prop betting started at the Westgate in Las Vegas (previously known as Las Vegas Hilton). The team at the Las Vegas SuperBook was the first Nevada sportsbook operator to offer a large number of prop bets for an individual game.

Today, all sportsbook operators in Nevada offer hundreds of Super Bowl prop bets, and online sportsbook operators in New Jersey (like DraftKings Sportsbook pictured above), Pennsylvania and more legalized states have followed.

Prop betting started modestly with the Super Bowl but continues to grow. Some sportsbook operators offer prop bets every week during the pro football season. Fewer sportsbook operators offer prop bets every day for other sports. The evolution of prop betting in United States sportsbooks is taking the wagers off the field.

Modern prop bets

Prop bets in Nevada may be available for non-game events such as award winners (i.e. Mike Trout to win AL MVP), major league drafts (i.e. NFL draft), and even simple yes or no bets on teams to do something (i.e. Will the New York Jets make the playoffs).

Sportsbook operator William Hill even allows customers to email or tweet suggestions for an individual prop bet. As long as the bet proposition works within the Nevada Gaming Control Board guidelines William Hill will add them to their mobile sports wagering app menu.

Prop bets may be the most exciting betting opportunities in the United States right now. Offshore sportsbook operators offer prop bets on everything from who will be president to the number of yards a wide receiver might have. That’s not the case in the United States.

Even though the growth of prop bets seems limitless, gaming regulators have limits that keep prop bets in sportsbooks limited to, well, sports. Additionally, all prop bets must be reconcilable through information and data from the sport being wagered on. Even awards in sports must be reconcilable by official league information.

Having said that, sportsbook operators have a good amount of freedom within gaming control board parameters. If a player is on a hot streak, a sportsbook operator may choose to make short-term prop bets available. Since the information is tabulated on the field, these are quickly made available.

Exotic prop bets

Exotic prop bets are only offered by some sportsbooks around the world. These non-traditional prop bets are not necessarily based on activities that take place during a game. The most popular of these exotic prop bets, such as the length of the national anthem or the coin toss results, happen during the Super Bowl.

These props can be as outlandish as the sportsbook operator wants them to be. They usually take place during the most publicly popular events such as a Royal Wedding in the United Kingdom or who will play a specific role in a movie series.

While they may be fun, most of these kinds of exotic proposition bets are not legal in America. This could change in Nevada and in other states that may legalize sports betting.

Personal prop bets

Proposition betting doesn’t only take place in a sportsbook. Bets with a friend for random activities also fall into the category of a prop bet. For example, a bet that a friend can’t finish 40 pushups during a game of poker might be considered a personal prop bet between friends.