Countdown to Kickoff

Coin Toss

nfl propsProfessional handicappers will spend countless hours studying the Big Game, but none of that hard work will help them with the most popular Super Bowl prop bet: the result of the pre-game coin toss that determines which team will start with the ball. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular.

Or maybe it’s because the revered coin-toss ceremony has become the unofficial “start” of the football game itself, and therefore has taken its rightful place atop the list of Super Bowl props. Either way, the Super Bowl Coin Toss prop bet should be made for entertainment purposes only.


Ways to Bet the Coin Toss

Will the Coin Toss be Heads or Tails?

Heads         –105
Tails        –105

Who Will Win the Coin Toss?

Baltimore Ravens     –105
San Francisco 49ers   –105

If you were to make a $100 bet on this Super Bowl prop every year for the next 100 years, you would expect to win 50 times and lose 50 times, for a deficit of $250. That’s why the Coin Toss prop should only be made for fun.

Since this is a true 50/50 proposition with little risk to the sportsbook, Bodog and Bovada only charge –105 vigorish instead of the standard –110. Last year, the coin turned up “Heads” and the Baltimore Ravens won the toss. More interesingly, perhaps, is the fact that the Papa John’s-sponsored toss gave a number of lucky fans free pizza (fans voted for heads or tails to win leading into the coin toss, and selecting the winning call netted them a free large pizza).