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The Ultimate Prop Bet: Super Bowl Coin Toss Results

*UPDATE: It was tails.

One of the best parts of the Super Bowl each year is the massive number of prop bets available for the average bettor. Niche props like the national anthem runtime or how many times Donald Trump will tweet during the game are fairly popular but the pregame coin toss is always a massive draw because there is no true edge.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional bettor or making your first visit to a sportsbook, no one can resist a legitimate 50-50 proposition bet like the coin toss that requires no true skill to pick the winner. It’s one of the few bets you can make with minimal effort and basic handicapping. 

Result of Coin Toss For Super Bowl 54

Odds as of February 2 courtesy of Bovada

What is a Coin Toss Prop Bet?

Short for proposition, a prop is a bet that doesn’t necessarily correlate with the final outcome of the game. The coin flip wager is considered more fun because it relies less on data and stats and more on chance. You don’t have to check ATS standings or betting trends as you would with other sports betting options. Plus, teams that win the toss don’t always win the Super Bowl. For example, in Super Bowl 53, the Los Angeles Rams won the toss but lost the game to the New England Patriots.

While some NFL and Super Bowl bets require intense research, the coin toss yields one of two results, and the odds will reflect that. You either pick HEADS or TAILS. That’s it. There’s a 50-50 chance that the coin lands on what you picked. You don’t have to factor in an NFL player’s past performance or coaching decisions. You can, however, look at historical data – we’ll cover that below – to determine if you want to pick HEADS or TAILS.

Calling Heads or Tails: Coin Toss Prop Odds

When you visit your sportsbook of choice to make your prop bet, coin toss odds would look something like this:

Will the Coin Toss Result be Heads or Tails?

There is no clear favorite for this bet since there is a 50-50 chance of winning for each side. If you put $25 on HEADS and that’s how the coin lands, you’d get a payout of $48.81 – your original $25 is returned along with your winnings of $23.81. The same wager on a winning TAILS bet would net you the exact same payout since the odds are identical. To know how much you’d win based on the odds and amount of money you bet, check out our Odds Calculator.

At the betting site, you will also see other related bets like:

What Team will win the Coin Flip?
Kansas City Chiefs-105
San Francisco 49ers-105

The Ultimate Guide to Super Bowl 54 Prop Betting

Coin Toss Betting History

Jacob Bernoulli, a 17th-century Swiss mathematician, analyzed the statistics of random experiments with two possible outcomes. His Bernoulli trials became world-famous, mostly because there was nothing to do back then except math.

If Bernoulli were alive today, he would love football, since every game during the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl starts with a Bernoulli trial (coin toss).

Since the first Super Bowl, HEADS has come up 25 times and TAILS 28. The winner of the Super Bowl has won the coin toss 24 times with HEADS coming up 12 times (half). Bernoulli would consider this a success since it proves that the coin toss is random and won’t always land the same way for each game.

Does the Coin Toss Impact the Game?

The coin flip can have an impact on the match. Generally, teams that win the coin toss choose to receive the ball. When you receive the ball, you get the first scoring chance. Even if you don’t score a touchdown, you can still move the ball downfield enough to get into field-goal range and at least put three points on the board.

Unless, of course, the other team’s defense is that good and you can’t move the ball at all. This is possible considering it’s the Super Bowl and you don’t get there with a subpar defense. If you’re the underdog team, you want to win the toss and try to throw up some points on your opponent on your first drive to give yourself some padding.

All-Time Super Bowl Coin Toss Results
Super Bowl #ScoresCoin TossCT WinnerGame Winner
Super Bowl 1Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10HeadsPackersPackers
Super Bowl 2Green Bay 33, Oakland 14TailsRaidersPackers
Super Bowl 3NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7HeadsJetsJets
Super Bowl 4Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7TailsVikingsChiefs
Super Bowl 5Baltimore 16, Dallas 13TailsCowboysColts
Super Bowl 6Dallas 24, Miami 3HeadsDolphinsCowboys
Super Bowl 7Miami 14, Washington 7HeadsDolphinsDolphins
Super Bowl 8Miami 24, Minnesota 7HeadsDolphinsDolphins
Super Bowl 9Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6TailsSteelersSteelers
Super Bowl 10Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17HeadsCowboysSteelers
Super Bowl 11Oakland 32, Minnesota 14TailsRaidersRaiders
Super Bowl 12Dallas 27, Denver 10HeadsCowboysCowboys
Super Bowl 13Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31HeadsCowboysSteelers
Super Bowl 14Pittsburgh 31, LA Rams 19HeadsRamsSteelers
Super Bowl 15Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10TailsEaglesRaiders
Super Bowl 16San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21Tails49ers49ers
Super Bowl 17Washington 27, Miami 17TailsDolphinsRedskins
Super Bowl 18LA Raiders 38, Washington 9HeadsRaidersRaiders
Super Bowl 19San Francisco 38, Miami 16Tails49ers49ers
Super Bowl 20Chicago 46, New England 10TailsBearsBears
Super Bowl 21NY Giants 39, Denver 20TailsBroncosGiants
Super Bowl 22Washington 42, Denver 10HeadsRedskinsRedskins
Super Bowl 23San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16Tails49ers49ers
Super Bowl 24San Francisco 55, Denver 10HeadsBroncos49ers
Super Bowl 25NY Giants 20, Buffalo 19HeadsBillsGiants
Super Bowl 26Washington 37, Buffalo 24HeadsRedskinsRedskins
Super Bowl 27Dallas 52, Buffalo 17HeadsBillsCowboys
Super Bowl 28Dallas 30, Buffalo 13TailsCowboysCowboys
Super Bowl 29San Francisco 49, San Diego 26Heads49ers49ers
Super Bowl 30Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17TailsCowboysCowboys
Super Bowl 31Green Bay 35, New England 21HeadsPatriotsPackers
Super Bowl 32Denver 31, Green Bay 24TailsPackersBroncos
Super Bowl 33Denver 34, Atlanta 19TailsFalconsBroncos
Super Bowl 34St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16TailsRamsRams
Super Bowl 35Baltimore 34, NY Giants 7TailsGiantsRavens
Super Bowl 36New England 20, St. Louis 17HeadsRamsPatriots
Super Bowl 37Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21TailsBuccaneersBuccaneers
Super Bowl 38New England 32, Carolina 29TailsPanthersPatriots
Super Bowl 39New England 24, Philadelphia 21TailsEaglesPatriots
Super Bowl 40Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10TailsSeahawksSteelers
Super Bowl 41Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17HeadsBearsColts
Super Bowl 42NY Giants 17, New England 14TailsGiantsGiants
Super Bowl 43Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23HeadsCardinalsSteelers
Super Bowl 44New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17HeadsSaintsSaints
Super Bowl 45Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 17HeadsPackersPackers
Super Bowl 46NY Giants 21, New England 17HeadsPatriotsGiants
Super Bowl 47Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31HeadsRavensRavens
Super Bowl 48Seattle 43, Denver 8TailsSeahawksSeahawks
Super Bowl 49New England 28, Seattle 24TailsSeahawksPatriots
Super Bowl 50Denver 24, Carolina 10TailsPanthersBroncos
Super Bowl 51New England 34, Atlanta 28 (OT)TailsFalconsPatriots
Super Bowl 52Philadelphia 41, New England 33  HeadsPatriotsEagles
Super Bowl 53New England 13,  LA Rams 3TailsRamsPatriots
Super Bowl 54San Francisco, Kansas CityTails49ersTBD