You can bet on Super Bowl LVI at Illinois online sportsbooks.
If you are registered at any of six mobile sportsbooks in Illinois, all you have to do is log in and start placing your bets. And if you don’t have an account, you can register in person for one at a casino or retail sportsbook near you.
The 2022 Super Bowl will be on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium. NBC will broadcast the event.
This year will be the second time that Super Bowl betting is available in the Land of Lincoln. Last year, Illinoisans bet more than $45 million on the big game. Will they top that number this year? Probably.
Below, find NFL Super Bowl odds, learn about bet types, your sportsbook options in Illinois and much more.
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We don’t know exactly what kind of promotions or features the sportsbooks will offer for the Super Bowl yet. But based on what they’ve offered in the past and throughout the regular season, look out for these features.
There’s a whole host of betting options to consider for the big game. Let’s begin with the basics. Once the Super Bowl matchup is official, you’ll see a game line that looks like this:
|Tennessee Titans||-2.5 (-110)||-140||O 49.5 (-110)|
|Chicago Bears||+2.5 (-110)||+120||U 49.5 (-110)|
Next to the team names are three sets of numbers, representing the odds for the main three bet types:
Each of these three bet types will see a lot of betting action for the Super Bowl, but the list of choices doesn’t end there.
Also known as propositional wagers, these are side bets on the game. Sportsbooks will offer up hundreds of them for the Super Bowl. Many of these Super Bowl prop bets revolve around player performances and game instances, for example:
And here are more fun Super Bowl prop bets that Illinois sportsbooks will offer:
However, do not expect to see National Anthem time length over/under, as that is not usually offered at legal sportsbooks.
You can wager along in real-time as the game plays out, thanks to live betting. It is a fast-moving market where live odds and offerings vary, depending on what’s happening. Sportsbook apps make it a snap to stay on top of the latest events. Live bets may be:
Parlays are wagers where you place multiple outcomes on the same slip in hopes of a big score. You can tie together a few different bet types for the Super Bowl at most sportsbooks, such as:
Various Illinois sportsbooks offer the same game parlays.
FanDuel pioneered the same game parlay, as it was the first IL book to offer them consistently. You need a minimum of two bet legs, but there is no maximum.
Let’s say the Titans are in the Super Bowl. You can parlay Tennessee covering the spread with Derrick Henry over rushing yards, AJ Brown over receptions and Ryan Tannehill over passing touchdowns. Generally speaking, the more legs of the parlay, the higher potential profit.
You can also place same game parlays at DraftKings Sportsbook and PointsBet.
Barstool also offers this feature, and in the app, you can find it as “Parlay+.” As of now, same game parlays aren’t available at BetRivers or Caesars by William Hill.
There will be plenty of time to celebrate once the Super Bowl is over, but it’s also time to consider who will win it all next year. The futures market never sleeps. Oddsmakers will release the odds for the next winner soon after the current Super Bowl is in the books.
The odds board will have lines for each of the NFL’s 32 teams. There will be some clear-cut favorites up top, long shots way down at the bottom, and everyone else in the middle. For bettors, the goal is to find the teams they are interested in betting on at the best possible price.
As time moves along, fortunes for each team will rise and fall. The same thing happens in the futures market. Teams who see lots of betting action could see their odds shorten, while the less popular clubs may become even longer shots.
Here’s what the odds for five top favorites could look like before the season gets underway:
Once the season gets underway, perspectives may change on the overall outlook for NFL teams. That could lead to the top of the Super Bowl futures market looking something like this:
A futures wager requires a long-term view, as tickets can’t be cashed until the big game is over. The market is also a great way to get a read on an upcoming season, at least as far as the oddsmakers and betting public see it playing out.
After NFL Super Bowl betting odds are released to the public, the numbers won’t stand still until kickoff. Once bets start coming in, sportsbooks will watch which way the money is flowing. If a lot goes on one side, then the operator has a liability on its hands.
If the public money is right, then the book is on the hook for a big loss. Since sportsbooks are for-profit entities, they’d rather not have that happen. As a result, they may start shifting the numbers in a bid to even out the action.
The side that sees the majority of bets will be made less attractive, while the other side may become a more appealing opportunity. If the initial move doesn’t have the desired effect, sportsbooks will make additional adjustments as needed.
In a perfect world, operators are hoping for near-equal action on both sides. They’ll make a profit due to the built-in juice. When it’s time for you to place your Super Bowl bets, be sure to compare the current numbers to where they opened. This comparison can provide valuable clues on where the public money has been flowing. While there’s no guarantee that the public will be right or wrong, it’s still helpful to know the general public sentiment.
Another big highlight on the current Super Bowl betting menu is picking which player will win the MVP award. There are two significant ways to bet on the award: You can pick the individual player or make your call on which position will win.
For context, starting quarterbacks on the two sides will be the big favorites. Through the 55 editions of the Super Bowl to date, a QB has won the MVP 31 times. Over the last 10 years, the award has gone to a quarterback seven times.
That’s a pretty impressive run for signal-callers overall, but other players have broken through. Running backs and wide receivers have won seven MVP awards apiece, and it has gone to a defensive or special teams player 11 times (co-MVP in 1978 for two members of the Dallas Cowboys).
While you could place your bet on a QB and call it a day, the reality is that there won’t be a whole lot of value on the odds for those players. If you can dig deeper and find a potential gem, it’s a different story. For some clues, since 2000, a quarterback has won it 13 times.
Over that span, the remaining awards have broken down like this: four to wide receivers and four to defensive players.
Betting on football is pretty standard across the sports betting industry. However, there could be a quirk or two that rears its head here and there. Here are the main points you need to know about NFL betting rules:
That’s the most important thing, but you should know that operators may have different rules on handling specific events. To avoid any confusion or unwelcome surprises, it’s always a good idea to review the NFL house rules and the sportsbook operator’s terms and conditions.
It wasn’t too long ago that the only option for legal sports betting was Las Vegas. These days, sports betting is legal and regulated in a growing list of states, including here in Illinois.
There are still unregulated options that would easily take your money, but it’s not worth the risk. Here’s why:
The list of reasons not to play at a sportsbook that’s not reputable is a lengthy one, but you get the gist. What’s more, you can be registered at a legal sportsbook in minutes by clicking through on our exclusive links to gain access to some awesome deposit bonuses.
The sign-up process is quick. After you’ve entered some basic details about yourself, look for the spot to download the app for your device from the sportsbook website. Log in with your mobile device and you’ll have legal sportsbook access whenever you are in Illinois.
Super Bowl betting sheets are a list of bets — usually props — that a pool of people will fill out. Think of a March Madness pool, but for the Super Bowl.
Let’s say there are 20 bets on a sheet and 10 people fill one out. If someone gets 16 picks right and that’s the most of the group, they will win a prize.
There are fairly common at Super Bowl gatherings, though they are not offered at Illinois online sportsbooks.
The last time the Bears won the Super Bowl? You guessed it, 1985 — one of the most iconic teams in NFL history.
Known for their incredible defense, flamboyant personalities and “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” the ’85 Bears will go down as one of the most legendary teams in league history.
The Bears went 15-1 in the regular season and allowed just 10 points over three playoff games. They routed the Patriots by a score of 46-10 in the Super Bowl.
Mike Ditka, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton and William “The Refridgerator” Perry are among the biggest names from that era of Bears football.
Chicago last went to the Super Bowl in 2006, but they lost to the Colts by a score of 29-17.
The Bears went 13-3 in the regular season and once again had an incredible defense. Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Tommie Harris were a few of the team’s standouts. Rex Grossman was the starting quarterback for Chicago.
The Monsters of the Midway defeated the Seahawks and the Saints at Soldier Field to earn a trip to the Super Bowl, but Peyton Manning and the Colts proved to be too much.
Unfortunately, this is the part where we have to talk about the Double Doink.
Vibes were high going into the Playoffs after the 2018 regular season. In Matt Nagy’s first season as head coach, the team went 12-4. Mitchell Trubisky went to the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
But the Bears had special teams issues all year, and those came back to bite them in the Playoffs. Playing against the Eagles in the Divisional Round, Cody Parkey had a chance to win the game with a field goal as time expired.
His kick instead bounced off both uprights before falling to the ground. Had the kick gone in, there’s a chance the Bears would have gone deep into the playoffs. Sadly, that season was the highlight of the Nagy-Trubisky era.
The Bears went 11-5 in 2010 behind a good season from Jay Cutler, and stop us if you’ve heard this before, but an amazing defense.
Then, Chicago ran into archrival Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game.
Cutler injured his knee in the first half, which sparked months of discussion about his toughness. As it turned out, Cutler had a knee injury which typically forces players to miss four to six weeks.
Caleb Hanie entered the game in relief, but the Bears couldn’t hang with the Packers. Green Bay won 21-14, and that is the furthest Chicago has made it in the playoffs in recent memory.
Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 20 have at least one Super Bowl victory under their belts, while 13 have made it happen multiple times. Here are 20 teams along with their record in the big game and the total number of appearances:
|New England Patriots||11||6-5|
|San Francisco 49ers||7||5-2|
|Green Bay Packers||5||4-1|
|New York Giants||5||4-1|
|Washington Football Team||5||3-2|
|Las Vegas Raiders||5||3-2|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||2-1|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||1-3|
|New York Jets||1||1-0|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||1-0|
|New Orleans Saints||1||1-0|
On the consecutive Super Bowl wins front, we’re still waiting for the first club to win three in a row. However, back-to-back Super Bowl wins have happened eight times:
Just three clubs have made it to the Super Bowl three years in a row or more:
Twelve NFL franchises are still hunting for their first Super Bowl win. Here’s the list, along with each team’s record in the Super Bowl, where applicable:
The Bills of the early 1990s were one of the best teams that never got over the hump. All the team’s Super Bowl losses came over the four-year stretch from 1990-93:
The Vikings are also in the conversation of the best team to never win the Super Bowl, as all four of their defeats came over an eight-year stretch in the 1970s:
The 2021 Super Bowl will be the 55th edition of the big game. There have been dozens of memorable moments through the years, and the absolute best ones are naturally open for debate. Here are our five picks for moments that deserve to be in the conversation:
The 2020 Super Bowl was a big one for Illinois. No, the Bears didn’t make it, but two players who suited up for the game came from here:
Here are five more players from Illinois who have appeared in the Super Bowl:
The Super Bowl is the biggest betting event of the year. Handicapping the game is similar to any other contest, and there’s no need to deviate due to the higher stakes. That said, there are some Super Bowl betting tips to keep in mind:
Betting on the Super Bowl should be an enjoyable experience. There is never a good reason to bet outside your comfort level or over your head. Stick to what works for you and enjoy the game.
Here are a few spots in Chicago that typically offer Super Bowl deals and specials:
Contrary to national belief, you likely won’t see many deep-dish pizzas served at Illinois Super Bowl parties. Despite Chicago being known for it, thin-crust is more common on an everyday basis.
One stereotype that is more common in everyday life, however, is Italian beef. Since it works well in a crockpot, it’s a staple at Chicago Super Bowl gatherings.
Yes, sports betting was officially legalized in Illinois in 2019. Retail sportsbooks began opening up in March 2020, while online and mobile options started rolling out that summer. There are several options for bettors to legally place their bets in person, online or via app.
A non-QB has won the Super Bowl MVP in 24 of 55 Super Bowls to date. Running backs and wide receivers have won seven times each, while a defensive or special teams player has won the rest. Julian Edelman was the last non-QB to win the award when he picked up the MVP trophy after Super Bowl LIII in 2019.
When the Bears last won the Super Bowl, defensive end Richard Dent won MVP honors.
The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the all-time lead with six wins each. The Patriots’ last crown came in 2018, while the Steelers last won in 2008. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are second with five each, the last of which came in 1995 and 1994, respectively.
The hometown Bears only have one Super Bowl to their name.
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are tied atop the list with five Super Bowl losses. The Patriots have won in their other six trips, while the Broncos have won it all three times. The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills are next with four Super Bowl losses each, with both franchises losing in each trip they have made to date.
The Bears have only lost in the Super Bowl once (2006).
The Super Bowl will air on NBC, and kickoff is at approximately 5:30 p.m. CST. It will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13.
You can stream the game on Peacock or the NBC Sports App.