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Mat Harrison’s Super Bowl 53 Prop Bet Game

by • January 25, 2019

UPDATE: Here’s the answer key.

 

Quick link to the game PDF —-> Mat Harrison’s Super Bowl 53 Prop Game.

Nine times? Nine times.

It’s the ninth year of my Super Bowl Prop Bet Game.

It started as mostly football props, back in the days of yesteryear.

The Super Bowl was 45.

The combatants were the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Out of sheer disdain for the Packers, I knew I had to hedge my bets and attempt to make the Super Bowl fun even if the Pack came out victorious. I started looking up prop bets for the game, wrote down a whole bunch and the game was born.

There are 100 different ways to bet the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl squares is popular among the masses (although this guy’s version pays out too often in my mind). Drawing numbers for the combined score for each quarter is a close sister to Super Bowl squares and a pastime that I’ve been a part of for many years. I also received one of these Football Betting Boards for Christmas a few years back, and let me tell ya, it’s awesome. Not one of the above check all the boxes of football, fun and sheer random luck, quite like the Prop Bet Game. This game should get everyone involved, from young to old. There’s no betting required (although I like it with a little scratch on the line), and all it requires is this printed out game and a pencil. Note: It’s exactly two pages, and will fit one one sheet of paper if you print front and back.

The rules are simple.

  1. Before the National Anthem begins, you must fill out the entire questionnaire.
  2. Mark one box for your guessed outcome for each question.
  3. If your answer is correct, you get the points in parenthesis next to your answer
  4. If your answer is incorrect, you get nothing!
  5. Add up the scores at the end of the game, most total points wins.

We usually add an element of gambling to it. Most often I see a $1.00 to $5.00 entry, with the winner taking a cup full of funds home. This year at my house we’re going with a $5.00 entry fee (more on that below), and yes, I plan on paying for my kids to enter (they’ll keep their winnings when they win) because that’s how a long and storied gambling career gets started.

Now many of you have seen the game before, it’s gaining some popularity. Some of you are new. Here’s the overarching goal of the Prop Bet Game:

I try to make the answers and point values as difficult and random as possible, so the playing field is even for a 10-year old or a dude who’s been watching football for 45 years. Everyone should have a chance to win. Everyone should have a chance to get excited.

The mix of this year’s 35 questions is split almost evenly between football-related questions and just fun-related questions about things surrounding the game. There’s four questions about commercials during the Super Bowl. There’s three questions surrounding the halftime show. And some of the football ones are just ridiculous. The attitude that surrounds this game is fun and togetherness. If you’re looking for a hard-core Vegas-style betting game, this probably isn’t it. This is closer to a bingo card than a 8-team parlay.

Many of the props are based on real “special” bets that can be found in the brick-and-mortar casinos on the Vegas strip or as a part of some online betting houses. I’ve taken the odds from some of those and adjusted them to a points-based system. Are they perfect? No. I did not major in math.

Some of the other props I just made up. A few of those suckers we’ve been doing for six or seven years, they’re fun and get a rise out of the group.

This year I’ve added one extra element to the game. STAR QUESTIONS! You’ll see that questions #6, #12, #16 and #19 have stars next to them and are highlighted in yellow. For my $5.00 entry game, anyone who gets any of these four questions correct will instantly be paid out $1.00. It’s a wrinkle you can choose to deploy, but not necessary.

Lastly, whoever is organizing this game at your party will be the official “game master” for your group. They’ll keep an answer key and when others inevitably have questions surrounding an answer to #8, that person should have the answer readily available.

In need of assistance? I live tweet the official answers from my Twitter handle @ExplosiveOutput, using the hashtag #MatsPropBetGame. Please make sure to follow me on Twitter to play along and take some cool photos or videos of your group, their completed sheets, high scores, and again, use that hashtag #MatsPropBetGame. It’s always fun to see players from across the country playing along and to check out the high scores from other parties. Although I do suspect some of you of cheating… Some scores are a little too good. 😉

I sincerely appreciate the follow on Twitter.

I also appreciate you checking out some of the Super Bowl games that we’re hosting on Fanball. Please go check out some Super Bowl salary cap contests here.

 

Without further ado, here’s Mat Harrison’s Super Bowl 53 Prop Game.