Prop bets – short for proposition bets – are bets that are related to a specific game but not directly tied to its outcome. While moneyline and point spread bets are directly linked to the event’s result, there are various additional bet types that can be placed before or during a game. These could include betting on the coin toss, total passing or rushing yards, first touchdown, and many more. These are all prop bets.
With a plethora of statistics and metrics tracked during football, basketball, hockey and soccer games, the opportunities for prop betting action are huge, and if you are well researched and can spot the right opportunity, they can be a fun way to enhance your betting experience. Prop bets have grown exponentially in popularity since its introduction. In 2022 during a Kansas City Chiefs prime-time game, more bettors wagered on Travis Kelce to score a touchdown over the actual spread of the contest.
The world of prop betting was closed off to Canadian bettors until 2021, when single-game betting was legalized nationwide. However, the change in the law now means that bettors are able to explore the wide range of additional betting opportunities available, through the various prop betting markets for each of the major sports.