Super Bowl is finally here |

Super Bowl is finally here

After 22 weeks of parity, Sunday’s Super Bowl will showcase the two best teams in league.

No question about it, the Raiders are, by far, the best team in the AFC and the Bucs are certainly in the top 2 in the NFC. It should be a great game, with the kickoff set for approximately 3:20 p.m.

Keeping in mind that over percent of the people betting on the Super Bowl are first-time bettors, let me give you some pointers.

You will want to bet early to avoid the last-minute rush and if your betting the Raiders, the earlier you bet, the lower the point spread should be. Also keep in mind that tickets go as written, so be sure you have the bet you want. Once the game starts, the sports books will not be able to change your bet.

There are many ways to bet on the Super Bowl, with the most popular being who will win. The line on the game has the Raiders D4 or D5 depending on where you go. A bet on the Raiders means that you think the Raiders will win the game by at least four points. If they win by exactly four points, then it’s a push and everyone who bet the game gets their money back.

If you do not want to play the pointspread, the other way to bet the game is the money line. The money line is a bet where no points are involved. If you play the Raiders, then you are betting $2 to win $1. If you bet the Bucs, then for every $1 you play, you win $1.80, but the Bucs do have to win the game versus just staying within four points.

The sports books will also offer parlay cards as well. Be careful where you play the parlay cards as most sports books will put out a ties lose card. NEVER PLAY A TIES LOSE CARD. Be sure to shop around.

As far as a selection for the game, I believe that if the Bucs can stop the little 5-yard pass plays and get some pressure on Gannon, so they have a chance. The four points seem a little high, so my play will be with Bucs.

The Super Bowl is almost a national holiday as many people and the casinos throw big parties. Thoughout the town you will find many parties, most with a cover charge. There is, however, at least one casino in town not charging for the party and it’s happy hour for the first half of the game, meaning you get 2-for-1 drinks.

Good luck, have some fun and I’ll see ya in the tavern on Sunday.

— Ron Tipton is the sports book manager at Lakeside Inn & Casino.

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