Super Bowl Wagering History Comes to Life in New Website Section

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Launched in 2000, SportsBettingStats.com has long been one of the best places for the casual and professional sports bettor to gather daily updates, trends, previews and other handicapping information. A full suite of matchup and statistical data on every game everyday, combined with analysis and theory from several professional handicapper has raised the site into the upper echelons of sports information sites.

So now we can look back to see how many double-digit underdogs covered the spread in the past 20 years and which trends are likely to hold up for bettors when Pittsburgh battles Arizona.

Super Bowl fans looking to understand the history of betting on the big game and those aiming to figure out how to beat the spread this weekend are making a pilgrimage to a new site.

A new Super Bowl wagering section on SportsBettingStats.com has introduced the history of Super Bowl point spreads and unique trends and stats to a legion of football fans.

Boxscores, play-by-play accounts and special wagering-style game recaps can be found on all 42 Super Bowls plus an extensive array of previews, handicapping articles and matchup data to help Las Vegas bettors in Super Bowl XLIII.

"Visitors were always emailing us late in January asking questions about Super Bowl odds or Black Sunday on Super Bowl XIII and we were always scrambling to dig out some of that old data," explained Rich Crew, the resident football expert at SportsBettingStats.com and the man who spearheaded the archiving project.

"So now we can look back to see how many double-digit underdogs covered the spread in the past 20 years and which trends are likely to hold up for bettors when Pittsburgh battles Arizona."
Black Sunday was, of course, the grimmest day for sportsbooks when Pittsburgh beat Dallas 35-31. Oddsmakers had opened the betting with Pitt as a 3.5 point favorite, but the line with the Steelers favored at -4.5. The final margin of victory allowed the sportsbook to get 'middled,' meaning bettors who took the Steelers -3.5 and those who bet Dallas at +4.5 all won.

There is a selection of recent Super Bowl trends including the fact the past four games have gone under the total and the fact the AFC is 8-3 SU, but just 5-6 ATS in the past 11 games. There are also trends on fun Super Bowl prop bets, such as the fact the NFC has won 11 straight coin tosses and is 14-2 the past 16 games.

The section also lists the top online sportsbooks for fans to play at and lists some of the excessively generous bonus offers being made to first-time players. For example, SportsBetting.com is offering a unique 43% bonus in honor of Super Bowl 43 and BetUS.com features a $50 bonus on just a $100 deposit.

There are also links to prime Super Bowl contests where players can pocket as much as $100,000 just by answering questions about the game. And since the site focuses on sports handicapping, there are hundreds of sortable Super Bowl stats, head-to-head matchup details and even Rich Crew's top Super Bowl pick.

"We spent three months researching past Super Bowls and putting this altogether and we expect it will become a must-visit site each year," said Crew. "Hopefully, more fans will win their Super Bowl bets in 2009 because of it.

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