WHILE watching the action unfold on screen, NFL fans also enjoy raising the stakes with their own fun bets.
As the two high-powered teams gear up for Sunday’s action, why not refresh yourself on the rules of Super Bowl squares?
What are Super Bowl squares?
Super Bowl squares are another way for sports fans to stage wagers on the NFL championship game.
Each player receives a board with 10 columns and 10 rows that intersect, giving them a total of 100 squares.
The columns are dedicated to one team while the rows are reserved for the other, before numbers zero to nine are added to both to allow for any possible score combination.
Each of the 100 squares, which are priced equally, are purchased individually by participants.
The numbers assigned to each row and column are selected at random once every box of the pool has been sold.
At the end of each quarter of the game, the aim is to have a square that matches up with the last digit in each team’s score.
What are the best squares to pick?
The more squares that are bought, the greater the payout for the winner, but its difficult to determine which ones to choose.
The value of each square is assigned at random and prizes can be adjusted based on the quarter, half, or the end of the game as payout points.
According to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, the best bet is to have any combination of zeroes and sevens.
This could boost your chances of scooping more cash, as typically there are more touchdowns being scored.
Others also suggested opting to bet on the number three to benefit from points for field goals.
The blog post suggested the single best square to secure is seven on the favorite team’s axis.
Sports betters should also consider betting on zero for the underdogs, with the 0-0 square ranked in second place.
Combinations of squares seven and zero (7-0 or 0-7) are also a popular choice – whereas the worst squares are considered to be any combination of two and five.
Many gamblers recommend picking your squares in a diagonal fashion, as it includes a larger variety of numbers.
Typically, the end-of-the-game score has the largest payday.
When is the Super Bowl and who is playing this year?
The biggest night on the NFL sporting calendar, the legendary Super Bowl, is just a matter of days away.
This year, the Super Bowl LVII 2023 takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 6:30 PM ET and 4.30pm MST.
The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the home of the Arizona Cardinals.
The $612million stadium, which opened in August 2006, is able to accommodate 72,200 football fans.
The big game, which pits the NFC and AFC champions against each other, will be broadcast live on Fox.
The winners of the 52nd running of the Super Bowl will take home the NFL title and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Pop sensation Rihanna will perform during the half-time show.