2024 Bookies Battle Playoffs: Super Bowl Picks and Tiebreaker Scenarios

It’s the final round for Gaming Today’s Bookies Battle playoffs, and all the Super Bowl 58 picks are in from the remaining contestants. We’ll recap the standings, go through the picks, and determine who will win the $2,000 prize, depending on the game’s outcome.

In our contest, we have San Francisco 49ers -1.5 on the spread. Many of the top sportsbook apps have seen that expand to -2 and -2.5 since opening. Of the eight picks we received from contestants, they were split down the middle between the 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Super Bowl Picks From the Bookies

Here are the five contestants remaining that have a shot at the $2,000 prize. Michael Piranio is in the driver’s seat with a one-pick lead on the other four. That means the other contestants would be out of contention if they picked the same team as Michael. The list contains the playoff record and their pick for the Super Bowl.

  • Michael Piranio (Mandalay Bay) | 8-4 | 49ers -1.5
  • Brian Edwards (Palace Station) | 7-5 | Chiefs +1.5
  • Mike Ayala (New York New York) | 7-5 | 49ers -1.5
  • Scott Gringauz (Circa) | 7-5 | 49ers -1.5
  • Tim Nortz (Northern Quest) | 7-5 | 49ers -1.5

Four of the five contestants believe the 49ers will win by at least two points. With those selections, that leaves both Michael Piranio and Brian Edwards as the remaining players to get the prize.

Three other bookies submitted their picks for the Super Bowl, all selecting the Kansas City side. This includes Duane Colucci, who may not be in contention for this prize, but was able to grab $4,000 of our purse in the 2023 NFL regular season.

  • Kenny Martin (Caesars Sportsbook – Horseshoe Tunica) | 6-6 | Chiefs +1.5
  • Nick Smith (Snoqualmie Casino) | 6-6 | Chiefs +1.5
  • Duane Colucci (Rampart Casino) | 3-9 | Chiefs +1.5

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Tiebreaker Scenarios

If San Francisco wins and covers the 1.5-point spread, Michael wins the playoff prize. If Kansas City wins or loses by one point, then Michael and Brian would be tied with an 8-5 record. The tiebreaker would come to total points scored in the game. Most sportsbooks are currently showing a total of 47.5 points.

Whatever the total amount comes closest to, that contestant would win. Here is what both bookies selected for their total points:

  • Michael – 56
  • Brian – 51

So, as an example, if the final score ends up being the Chiefs winning 28-24, meaning a total of 52 points scored in the game, then Brian would win the contest. Let’s say the Chiefs tack on a field goal to win by a full touchdown, then Michael wins as 55 points are scored.

Essentially, it comes down to this: Any game total of 53 or below will go to Brian, and any total of 54 or higher will go to Michael if the Chiefs win or lose by just one point.

We’ll update our Bookies Battle page with the final results for the NFL season after the conclusion of the Super Bowl. Best of luck to the contestants remaining on Sunday, and thanks to everyone who participated in this season’s contest!


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Brian Spaen

Brian Spaen

News Managing Editor
Brian Spaen was the news managing editor of Gaming Today. He has been a content writer and editor in various industries, including sports betting, environmental technology, and higher education. Brian is a graduate of Iowa State University and currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

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