Punters with time on their hands, and money if their accounts, might want to peruse some of the hundreds of markets the online bookmakers have opened for Super Bowl LI (51 for those who prefer the more elegant Arabic numeral system) that will be played in a bit over a week on Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Monday in AEDT) in Houston, Texas, betwixt the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
Sportsbet, on a recent visit to their website, had 167 markets, not far behind the number typically seen during the AFL season. Ladbrokes was lagging with 66. Both have the Patriots as narrow, three-point favourites. The International agency Pinnacle, at the time of this writing, had only a dozen markets up, all pre-game prop bets.
Aussie punters, who can, by any means, get the time to watch the game, will wear out their scrolling and clicking fingers making it all the way through the markets Sportsbet has open. Tom Brady is offered as the game MVP at $1.91, followed by Matt Ryan at $2.75. The MVP market drops precipitously following those two, all the way out to $12.00 for wide receiver Julio Jones.
There are 30 markets in the “other” category, including such esoteric propositions as whether New England running back LeGarrette Blount’s longest run will be over or under 17.5 yards.