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How to bet on the Super Bowl in Virginia
Virginia residents – who’ve enjoyed the privilege of online legal sports betting since 2020 – will once again turn out to bet on the Super Bowl in 2023.
Super Bowl LVII will be among the most bet-upon sporting event of the year. Here's a closer look at everything you need to know about Super Bowl betting in Virginia
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Washington has been to five Super Bowl games in their history as a franchise, winning three times – in 1982, 1987, and 1991. Each victory came during the head coaching tenure of Joe Gibbs, who left coaching after creating a NASCAR team in 1992.
Despite winning all three games in a ten-year span, Gibbs won each with a different starting quarterback; Joe Theismann led the team to their first Lombardi trophy, while Doug Williams and Mark Rypien respectively won the latter two.
Bettors have several different options for how to bet on the Super Bowl, but they’ll find the same options they’re used to seeing at typical NFL games as well. The most common are moneylines, spreads, and totals, but bettors will find props on the game, players, and teams as well, and will be able to build same-game parlays involving combinations of them.
Super Bowl Game Lines
Moneylines, point spreads, and points totals are game lines available for every NFL game, and the Super Bowl is no exception. The moneyline is the simplest line conceptually – odds are set based on a team’s perceived likelihood of winning the game outright, and the bet wins if the team the bet is made upon wins the game.
Point spreads are similar – sportsbooks take the team favored to win the game and identify the margin of victory they believe has the highest chance of occurring. This margin becomes a point spread, notated as an abbreviation for the favored team followed by the predicted margin (i.e. WASH -7.0, in a game where the Commanders are projected to win by seven). Bettors can then pick a side of the spread to bet on, with the same odds for either outcome. If the favored team wins by more than the spread value, they ‘cover’ the spread; if they don’t, the other team covers.
Point totals differ from moneylines and spreads in that they only concern themselves with the total points scored during a game, not which team scores them. Like with spreads, sportsbooks base the total on how many points they think the teams are most likely to score; bettors can bet the over if they believe the teams will score more or the under if they believe the teams will score less, for the same odds.
Prop bets are more specific than game lines, usually concerning whether individual players or teams hit certain milestones during the game. Bettors can find odds and bet on whether a quarterback will gain over a certain number of passing yards, whether an offense will gain over a certain number of total yards, which team will score first or last, which individual player(s) will score a touchdown, and several other similar props.
The Super Bowl allows for props on several things not present at every NFL game. Bettors won’t have to look hard to find odds on the length of the national anthem, the color of the Gatorade bath for the winning coach, or other such events around the game.
Betting on the Super Bowl from anywhere in Virginia is simple. Bettors can find a retail sportsbook or log into one from a mobile app – many online sportsbooks offer incentives for first-time bettors, including free bets upfront or as a consolation prize for first bets that don’t hit.
First-time bettors for the Super Bowl should know that they’ll need to share proof of identity and location – sportsbooks need to verify that bettors are in a legal betting area and aren’t prohibited from using their service – and that withdrawals may take several days to process whereas deposits typically go through very quickly.