Prop bets are a popular way to get involved with sports betting, especially if you are not comfortable picking winners or waiting on futures to pay off. While it is legal in Arizona, there are restrictions— prop bets on college games are prohibited.
So, if you want to bet on how many yards Kyler Murray will throw for in the first half or who will make the first punt in the next Arizona State game— you can.
But how do you go about doing so? Read on, and we’ll help you figure that out.
What Are Prop Bets?
Prop bets, or proposition bets, are bets gamblers can make on aspects of the game not tied directly to the game’s outcome. They will often reference a player’s production or a team’s production for a particular quarter/half/game. The following are a few examples of common prop bets:
- Deandre Ayton total rebounds, over/under 11.5
- Kyler Murray total touchdowns, over/under 2.5
- Total strikeouts by Diamondbacks pitchers in a game
- Arizona Cardinals -3.5 and Over 42.5
But prop bets are not necessarily always going to relate to whether something happens during play. For the Super Bowl, sportsbooks will often carry a selection of prop bets related to things off the field like the length of the National Anthem, the result of the coin flip, who will win MVP, etc.
What Type Of Prop Bets Are Accepted In Arizona
The following types of prop bets are legal in Arizona: exotic events, Super Bowl, player and game props for professional leagues.
Restrictions On Arizona Prop Betting
Prop bets on college games are prohibited.
How To Read Prop Bet Odds
The easiest way to explain how to read the odds for prop bets is to review a couple of examples. Let’s say you want to bet on who the leading scorer will be when the Phoenix Suns play the Golden State Warriors on November 30. The odds will look something like this:
- Steph Curry +200
- Devin Booker +225
- Andrew Wiggins +500
- Jordan Poole +550
- Deandre Ayton +750
- Chris Paul +800
If you bet on Devin Booker to be the game’s leading scorer, a $100 wager will win $225. You do not have to bet $100, of course. But you can use an odds calculator to see how much you’d win for a smaller or larger dollar amount.
Many prop bets will come in the form of an over/under:
- Kyler Murray over 255.5 passing yards -110
- Kyler Murray under 255.5 passing yards -110
In this case, you will choose whether you think Kyler Murray will throw for more or less than 255.5 yards. Either way, it will take a wager of $110 to win $100.
Which Sports Are The Best For Prop Bets?
There are different ways in which you can answer this question. Sports like football, baseball, basketball, and hockey where an intense amount of performance-related data is recorded would be the best. The more information you have at your disposal, the easier it is to make an educated decision on how to bet.
But does that mean you should bet on whether James Conner will score a touchdown even if you have never watched a football game in your entire life? Of course not. Having the data at your disposal is one thing, but understanding it and knowing how to interpret it is another.
That is why some would say the best sport for prop bets is the one in which you are most knowledgeable. If you are a lifelong football fan, you will understand the different factors at play when it comes to whether a specific player will score in any given game.
Conner has at least one touchdown in his last five games and 13 in his previous nine. In that span, he has gone scoreless just once. But it also depends on who the Cardinals are playing, how tough their defense is, and the offensive line’s health, to name a few things.
Data-rich sports are the best for prop bets, but only sports you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of to process and interpret that data.
Tips For A Successful Prop Betting Strategy
Prop betting is a lot of fun, and if you approach it with the right strategy— it can also be profitable. But, just like every other form of betting, it helps to go into it with a well-thought-out strategy. As for what strategy you should use, there are a few rules that are universal no matter which sport you are betting on:
Monitor the lines for the game: Lines move for a reason. That could just mean the public is betting heavily one way, and the sportsbook is adjusting accordingly. But it could also mean that something changed for either or both teams that could impact how the game is played and whether certain players will hit their target totals.
- Do your homework: this can not be emphasized enough. Prop betting success is heavily impacted by knowledge—how much you know about the game, each team, the coaches, the players, matchups, etc. Now, you can study the teams and players so much that it drives you nuts. Do however much you feel you need to to make an informed decision.
- Do not settle for bad odds: Yes, you are more likely to win if you take a prop bet with -500 odds, but there is still a genuine chance you will lose your bet. Is it worth risking $500 just to win $100? Or would you rather put $100 down on something with +100 odds? Your chances of winning are not as good, but you do not have to risk $500 for the same payout.
- Respect the hot hand: Let’s say Devin Booker has been on a tear scoring 35+ in his last five games. It may be worth it to take a chance on his scoring total for the next game and go for a higher total with longer odds.
- Line shop: If you are going to take the risk and put money down, you might as well win as much as you can and go with the sportsbook that gives you the best odds.
- Consider all options: It is understandable if you feel like you want to bet on Kyler Murray throwing more than 2.5 touchdown passes. But if the Cardinals are playing one of the top-pass defenses in the league, it may not be the best bet (depending on the odds). Rather than go with that bet, look for one with a higher likelihood of winning.
- Recognize what the fun prop bets are: You can come to an educated decision on many prop bets, but there are some that sportsbooks offer just for fun and require no skill or knowledge to make, i.e., length of National Anthem, coin toss result, number of costume changes by halftime act, etc.
FAQs – Prop Betting
Prop betting online is legal in Arizona. However, prop bets on college games are not permitted at this time.
Yes, all sportsbook apps will carry prop bets. The variety and depth of markets will vary from one sportsbook to the next, depending on what restrictions exist (i.e., no prop bets on college games in Arizona). But you will find prop bets carried by all sportsbook apps.
Yes, you can place prop bets during a game in progress. For example, for an MLB game, you may have the option to bet on the outcome of the next at-bat. Will Player’ X’ hit a homerun, base hit, strikeout, walk, or get hit by a pitch? For example, for football games, you may be able to place a bet on the outcome of the next drive—touchdown, field goal, turnover, etc.?
With the way the questions are phrased with prop bets, there is usually a clear-cut winner, i.e., Super Bowl MVP winner, Super Bowl coin toss, etc. Typically, with prop bets, the answers will usually consist of a range of options that will cover all potential outcomes making it unlikely a prop bet will push.
Yes, you can make prop bets on the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks will usually carry the typical game-related prop bets along with a vast selection related to off-field things like the National Anthem, the coin toss, half-time show, commercials, etc.
The best sportsbook app for prop bets is the one that offers the best odds for the market that you are interested in.