Although most of the action on Super Bowl LV futures markets is going elsewhere, one bettor is confident in the Indianapolis Colts.
The bettor put down $10,000 at 45/1 odds. If Indianapolis accommodates her/his wishes, that would mean a $460,000 payout next February. The wager is somewhat of an outlier among the trends on this market at William Hill, however.
Colts biggest Super Bowl bet at William Hill so far
Despite the acquisition of Phillip Rivers and a solid 2020 draft class that has received good reviews, most of the action on Super Bowl LV is going elsewhere. The Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs headline that category.
A whopping 23% of the dollars wagered at William Hill Sportsbook is down on Kansas City to repeat. That represents a leading eight percent of the total number of both online and retail tickets.
The next-highest percentage of the dollars that one team has gathered so far is six percent. Three teams; the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, and defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers each currently claim that dynamic.
Three teams have similarly weighed in with six percent of the number of tickets sold. Those are the Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco, and the Seattle Seahawks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make landfall at a seven percent share of the market.
The Raiders’ popularity is understandable given the only two states William Hill is currently operational are New Jersey and Nevada. While William Hill operates the retail sportsbook at Tropicana Evansville and has retail books in Iowa, those are closed in the wake of the pandemic. The lack of Indiana bettors makes the big Colts bet all the more surprising.
With no Indiana sportsbooks taking bets, the Colts are not the most popular choice. However, their offseason movements have produced some results. The acquisitions have shortened the odds on the Colts hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time since 2007.
William Hill now has Indianapolis 25/1 to win Super Bowl LV. A similar $10,000 bet placed today would payout $260,000 should Rivers take the Colts to the promised land. That movement pales in comparison to the revised lines on Tampa Bay, however.
Tampa Bay Super Bowl odds getting shorter
When William Hill first put out its futures market for Super Bowl LV, the Bucs sat at 50/1 to claim their second Super Bowl title. Two bettors now appear quite prudent, as they put down $500 wagers at the sportsbook at those odds.
That was before future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady signed with the team, of course. Those bettors probably didn’t foresee tight end Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement to join him in Tampa Bay either.
Now after those facts, the Buccaneers sit at 14/1 at William Hill. Only the Chiefs claim a bigger share of the dollars and tickets at the sportsbook for Super Bowl LV futures. While a $500 bet at 14/1 odds would still pay out a nice chunk of $7,500, the ship on the $25,500 prize sailed a long time ago.
Indiana bettors won’t be able to get in on that, or any other William Hill odds, until the Tropicana Evansville opens back up, however. Like them, William Hill is anxious to get back to business as soon as it is safe to do so since the lack of handle is hurting the bottom line.