Coin Toss and Gatorade Bath Drawing Plenty of Action Ahead of Super Bowl LVI

coin toss and gatorade bath drawing plenty of action ahead

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Vita Vea #50 and William Gholston #92 give head coach Bruce Arians a Gatorade shower after winning Super Bowl LV on February 07, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida have won. The Buccaneers defeated the Chieft 31-9. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)

Specialty and novelty prop bets get plenty of action leading up to the Super Bowl LVI, and the coin toss and Gatorade bath in particular are two of the most popular bets.

“These two props are easy to understand and give bettors the opportunity to win before and after the Super Bowl begins,” notes Tristan Davis, Senior Trader at BetMGM.

Additionally, BetMGM has received more bets on the coin toss than other more traditional props such as Joe Burrow passing yards, Joe Mixon rushing yards, or Odell Beckham Jr. receiving yards.

There are also several coin toss betting options beyond heads and tails. Bettors can bet on the call of the toss at BetMGM, which team will win and whether the team that wins the coin toss will receive the opening kick or postpone it in the second half.

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Currently, Tails has 60 percent of the tickets and 52 percent of the handle (-105), consistent with the historical trend of Tails winning 29 of 55 Super Bowl shots (53 percent).

Perhaps more interesting, however, is the discrepancy between ticket percentage and handle percentage when deciding the coin toss winner, with 77 percent of the winning team’s tickets getting the opening kick (-500), while 76 percent of the handle get on the winning team, the is postponed to the second half (+375).

Cincinnati and Los Angeles have postponed every time they’ve won a coin toss this season — even in the postseason. Additionally, in each of the last 11 Super Bowls, the team that won the coin toss elected to move to the second half, including Los Angeles in Super Bowl LIII.

The last team to choose the inaugural kickoff was the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.

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There is probably more randomness to the Gatorade Bath and the odds at BetMGM reflect that. Orange (+200) is the favorite, followed by Blue (+300), Yellow/Green/Lime (+450) and Clear (+450). Yellow/Green/Lime received both the highest ticket percentage and the highest handle percentage at 33 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

Historically, the first Gatorade dip in the Super Bowl took place in 1987 when the New York Giants drenched head coach Bill Parcells. In the past 20 Super Bowls, five Orange Gatorade baths on the field with clear and no Gatorade showers have been next in line with four events each.

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Neil Parker

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