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The $1,000 prize for the playoff pool of Bookies Battle is down to four contestants, and the winner will be crowned via tiebreaker on Sunday.

These four bookmakers sport equal 7-5 postseason records heading into Super Bowl 56 between the Rams and Bengals:

Duane Colucci (Rampart)
Art Heun (Gold Strike)
Nick Smith (Snoqualmie)
Michael Smoller (Wildfire)

Our contest line is Rams -4.5, a tick higher than the spread on most oddsboards Friday. Caesars, in fact, dipped to 3.5 this week but is back to 4 as of this publication.

Two of our still-in-contention books are laying the points with the Rams, and two are taking them with the Bengals. Here are their picks and predicted total points scored, which serves as the tiebreaker.

Colucci: Bengals +4.5, 47 total points
Smith: Bengals +4.5, 43 total points
Smoller: Rams -4.5, 53 total points
Heun: Rams -4.5, 44 total points

If the Bengals cover and exactly 45 points are scored, Duane and Nick chop the pot. Mike needs the Rams and 49 or more points, while Art needs the favorite and 48 or fewer.

Colucci, of course, is looking for his second four-figure score of the Bookies Battle season, having already won $1,000 for finishing second in the regular season.

Smallest Of Leans To The Rams

Of the nine Bookies Battle contestants who submitted Super Bowl picks, five are on Rams -4.5, four are on Bengals +4.5.

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More Super Bowl Predictions From Oddsmakers

Fifteen bookmakers from around the country offered their Super Bowl predictions to Gaming Today this week.

Only four see an outright win for the Bengals, but in terms of who will cover the spread, our panel is pretty evenly split. There’s a solid consensus on the total, however.

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Marcus DiNitto

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Marcus DiNitto was news managing editor of Gaming Today. In past roles, he has been managing editor at national sports websites SportsBusiness Daily, Sporting News, and The Linemakers, as well as with licensed sportsbook operator USA Sports Gaming. Marcus graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and studied sports and entertainment marketing at New York University.

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