Colin Kaepernick has certainly earned his share of fans during the San Francisco 49ers’ recent postseason run and then some, as the first-year starter has dazzled spectators with record-setting games and more controlled performances. Unsurprisingly, he’s been a hit with bettors this season too, as his popularity with folks and prop betting is beginning to border on incredible territory.
According to Las Vegas insider Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill, via ESPN.com, Kaepernick could become the most bet-on player in Super Bowl history next weekend if his popularity among bettors continues to grow.
“We put 10 props on him last week and generated more than $100,000 in bets,” Vaccaro said. “To put that in perspective, a good prop is when you can draw $2,500 to $5,000 in bets.”
That number is likely to increase by a significant margin, as Vaccaro says William Hill plans to put 20 props on Kaepernick for the Super Bowl, including bets like: What Kaepernick throw first a touchdown or interception? Will Kaepernick have 100 yards rushing and 300 yards passing?
Bovada.lv already has 19 props on Kaepernick in many of the same categories and has him listed as the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl MVP award at 8/5.
“But I’ve never seen interest on prop bets like I’ve seen with Kaepernick,” Vaccaro said. “We think we can do $300,000 in Kaepernick prop bets alone, and that’s a conservative estimate. No one has ever come close to that number.”
Vaccaro says the most bet-on player for the Super Bowl since the props were invented after Super Bowl XX was Peyton Manning, but it looks like those records will be shattered in a week’s time.
Kaepernick’s popularity is obviously mostly derived from his amazing skill on the field, but experts think it also has to do with the fact that he played college ball at the University of Nevada in Reno, which is of course, a prolific gambling town.
With so many sportsbooks offering a variety of props on Kaepernick and other star players, you’ll want to get in on the action before we have to wait a whole year for football and football prop bets to return. And why not be a part of sports gaming history by putting a bet on a Kaepernick prop?