Fans enjoy Sports Bet Montana for 121st Cat-Griz game

HELENA – Usually reserved for “betting friendly”, backrooms or websites that use cryptocurrency, legal sports betting has come into the spotlight in recent years. As of 2018, nearly 30 states have legalized some form of sports gambling. Sports Bet Montana opened in March 2020, making the Cat-Griz rivalry a bit more exciting for some fans.

Prior to last year’s rivalry match, Sports Bet Montana took just over $116,000 from 2,700 wagers, making it one of the highest wagered sporting events through Sports Bet Montana.

“As we’ve talked to other states, it’s hard for them to understand the impact of something like Cat-Griz in Montana, where we don’t have professional sports, but college football is such a big deal. Especially when it comes to rivalry play,” said Dan Iverson, content manager for the Montana Lottery. one of our best events last year.”

Sports Bet Montana began revealing lines for Cat-Griz on Monday afternoon with a standard money line and point spread bet. Since then the lines have changed drastically, alternative spreads and prop bets have arrived.

While not uncommon in sports betting, this year Sports Bet Montana has unveiled various player prop bets for this year’s game. A prop bet is generally a betting line based on the performance of one or more players, including bets such as:

  • Tommy Mellott 1+ Interceptions: +140 ($10 for net $14)
  • Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown: +200 ($10 for $20 net)
  • Robbie Hauck 10+ Total Tackles: -133 ($10 for $7.52 nett)
  • Montana State scores in all quarters: +135 ($10 to net $13.50)
  • Malik Flowers 33+ receiving yards and Nick Ostmo 77+ rushing yards: +245 ($10 for $24.50 nett)

Now remember these bets are not meant to be considered betting tips, and your mileage may vary as the lines may change before the midday kick off at Bozeman on Saturday, but bettors are delighted with the opportunity to give another type of bet on Cat-Griz a shot.

“Looking forward to some of those prop bets on Sports Bet Montana. I think the biggest thing for me is that defensive touchdown and special teams touchdown, which is huge in Cat-Griz, always has been” “, Jeff Unger said. “Also the safety one. I mean, we saw the safeties cause lots and lots of trouble at the Big Sky conference this year.”

While the rivalry between the Cats and the Griz can be, and mostly is, bitter, betting on it can change the perception of fans’ opinions not just about the game, but about individual players as well.

“It really adds that extra game in a game as a viewer, you know, watch, enjoy and like the root for individual players because I can root for Tommy [Mellott]. He’s a Montana kid even though I want the Griz to win.

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