If you followed our lead back in March, then odds are you’re clutching your Chicago Bears Super Bowl futures ticket that pays 100-to-1 with everything you’ve got. Or, if you’re more practical, you’ve locked it away in a safe place for when the time comes. At minimum, you’re having a good chuckle at the Johnny-come-lately types who have just jumped on the bandwagon and are scrambling to get whatever value they can.
Are you one of those? Hey, this is a no judgment zone and I support anyone who tries to get any value out of a wager that they can – even if it isn’t peak value. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest Super Bowl futures.
Oddshark.com has the chances of the Bears winning the Super Bowl as the fifth highest among the 12 playoff qualifiers. At +675, a $100 wager would pay out $775 if Chicago raised the Lombardi Trophy at the end of Super Bowl LIII. Not bad, but we can do better. For example, the folks at VegasInsider.com has the Bears winning the Super Bowl at 8-to-1. That means a $100 bet would net a bettor $900. And while that is better, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas is offering the Bears at 10-to-1 to win the Super Bowl. And if you like round numbers with commas, then that’s the wager for you because a $100 bet would pay out $1,000 in the event of a Super Bowl win.
But Super Bowl futures scratch only the surface.
Bovada offers up an opportunity to wager on a specific Super Bowl matchup. Here are the Bears-related options (with odds) one could choose from if so desired:
- Bears-Colts (+5,500)
- Bears-Texans (+5,000)
- Bears-Ravens (+3,300)
- Bears-Chargers (+3,200)
- Bears-Patriots (+1,600)
- Bears-Chiefs (+1,100)
Intrigued by a potential Super Bowl XLI rematch against the Colts? It’s potentially the most profitable bet on the board to where a $100 wager could net a $5,600 payout. Think a Super Bowl XX reunion/Week 7 reunion against the Patriots is in the cards? Well, it’s not as likely, but at +1,600, a payday of $1,700 isn’t bad. And if you’re pulling for a showdown between Mitch Trubisky and one of his fellow 2017 NFL Draft quarterback classmates, a game against Deshaun Watson’s Texans (+5,000) would pay more than one against Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs (+1,100).
And because I like to get adventurous, I’m very much captivated by Super Bowl MVP futures:
Opening odds to win Super Bowl LIII MVP (@betonline_ag):
Khalil Mack/Foles +3300
Melvin Gordon/Michel +4000
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) January 1, 2019
The appeal of having a winning ticket where Mitch Trubisky is the Super Bowl MVP is ridiculously strong. HOWEVER, I can envision Khalil Mack taking over a game the way Von Miller did a few years ago when he won the Super Bowl MVP in Peyton Manning’s last hurrah with the Denver Broncos. And while Jordan Howard is an intriguing player to keep an eye on, I’d be much more curious to see what number I could get for someone like cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson, or running back/return specialist Tarik Cohen who can turn a game with an unexpected big score.
Unsurprisingly, there is a ton of value in Bears-related Super Bowl futures. The Bears are back and the wagering public is investing in the 2018 NFC North champions. To be clear, the house always wins and you should invest your money wisely should you go down this path. But so long as you’re secure in what you’re gambling and you’re not putting your 401(k) on a football game you can’t control, then happy gambling! Here’s hoping a Bears Super Bowl win can be a joyous and profitable way to start 2019.