The folks at OLG have reported that Ontario sports betting moneyline wagers were split pretty much down the middle for Sunday’s Super Bowl, in which the Kansas City Chiefs captured their second championship in four years, 38-35 over the Philadelphia Eagles
The Moneyline was the most popular bet of the night, accounting for 43% of all bets. Going in, 52% of those bets were on the Eagles, 48% on the Chiefs. The second-most popular bet was the Super Bowl spread, and that was tight as well – Philadelphia, as slight favorites, took 53% of bets. As for Over/Under, Proline patrons went more on the high-scoring side and made good, as 58% of those bets came in on the Over 50.5 points.
Proline is a good place to go to get a read on how betting in Ontario trended. Results from some mostly U.S.-based licensed Ontario sportsbook apps tend to be a mishmash of Ontario and U.S. bettors.
Breakdown of Super Bowl Betting
A BetRivers Ontario Sportsbook summary of Super Bowl betting highlighted the fact the Over (O/U was 51 there) was backed by 70.3% of totals tickets and 67% of the money. The Chiefs touchdown with 12:04 left took the points total to 55, meaning bettors could cash their tickets with plenty of time left in the game.
Action on that market helped deliver the most heavily wagered game in the sportsbooks’ history based on tickets sold. Ontario numbers were included in all that, a spokesperson confirmed.
It was the same with BetMGM Ontario Sportsbook, which did not share where the bets were placed. They reported several notable winning bets – one with $500,000 to win $525,000 on the Chiefs Moneyline (+105), and a $547,000 bet to win $437,600 on the Over 49.5 points (-125).
The next most popular market at Proline, and the overall most popular props market, was the Anytime TD Scorer market. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was easily the most popular player for that prop and took 31% of all bets among the 22 available players. Kelce caught the Chiefs’ first TD in the first quarter of the game. Jalen Hurts was the second-most popular player with 10% of all bets, and he also came through very early with a TD run, the first of his three rushing scores in the game.
Rounding out the top five was the market that’s only in play once a year right around this time – the Coin-Toss market. An old saying goes that tails never fails (the Chiefs won the coin toss and it was tails), but 53% of Proline patrons bet on heads.
More Interesting Super Bowl Wagers
Here is an interesting bet: One Proline digital patron wagered $500 on a seven-team parlay that resulted in a $16,575.17 payout. The first six picks were on Saturday – with the Oilers, 76ers, Nuggets, Wizards, Heat and Cavaliers on the Moneyline – then on Sunday, Kansas City’s Super Bowl win was the clincher.
The FanDuel Ontario Sportsbook reported that Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was the third-most popular choice to win MVP. Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton was one of the popular longshots, so having what would have been his second touchdown called back (after an apparent fumble by Eagles running back Miles Sanders was ruled an incomplete pass) impacted bettors in that market.
Well-Timed Live Wager Pays Well
And at PointsBet Ontario Sportsbook, one bettor placed a live bet on the Chiefs for $12,000 at +330 odds, and the bet paid out just under $40,000.
Just as one Super Bowl ends, futures betting on the next NFL champions heats up.
FanDuel has the Buffalo Bills at +850 to win Super Bowl 58 in February 2024, just behind the Chiefs (+600). Following the Bills are three of the final four teams in the playoffs, the Eagles, Bengals and 49ers, all at +900.
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