How Much Money Will Be Bet On The Super Bowl In 2021?

Posted By Staff on February 5, 2021 - Last Updated on April 30, 2021

The Super Bowl is the most popular sporting event of the year. Millions of people watch the Big Game on TV and plenty of people wager on it, legally and illegally. It is expected that Super Bowl betting this year will once again smash records, as since last year’s NFL season finale 36 million more American adults have the opportunity to place legal bets in their home state.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) estimates that 23.2 million people in the US will wager around $4.3 billion on this year’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A record 7.6 million people will bet with an online sportsbook, according to the survey. That’s a 63 percent increase year-over-year.

“This year’s Super Bowl is expected to generate the largest single-event legal handle in American sports betting history,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller in a press release. “With a robust legal market, Americans are abandoning illegal bookies and taking their action into the regulated marketplace in record numbers.”

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Betting on the Super Bowl around the US

This year, more states than ever will take legal sports wagers on the Super Bowl. In addition to gambling on the Super Bowl in Nevada, sports fans can legally wager on the Super Bowl in the following US states:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

And here is a state-by-state breakdown of if you can legally wager online and/or at a retail location.

StateOnlineRetail
AlabamaNoNo
AlaskaNoNo
Arizona Online Sports BettingNoNo
ArkansasNoYes
CaliforniaNoNo
Colorado Online Sports BettingYesYes
ConnecticutNoNo
DelawareNoYes
Florida Online Sports BettingNoNo
GeorgiaNoNo
HawaiiNoNo
IdahoNoNo
Illinois Online Sports BettingYesYes
Indiana Online Sports BettingYesYes
Iowa Online Sports BettingYesYes
KansasNoNo
KentuckyNoNo
LouisianaNoNo
MaineNoNo
MarylandNoNo
MassachusettsNoNo
Michigan Online Sports BettingYesYes
MinnesotaNoNo
MississippiYesYes
MissouriNoNo
MontanaYesYes
NebraskaNoNo
Nevada Online Sports BettingYesYes
New HampshireYesYes
New Jersey Online Sports BettingYesYes
New MexicoNoYes
New YorkNoYes
North CarolinaNoNo
North DakotaNoNo
OhioNoNo
OklahomaNoNo
OregonYesYes
Pennsylvania Online Sports BettingYesYes
Rhode IslandYesYes
South CarolinaNoNo
South DakotaNoNo
Tennessee Online Sports BettingYesNo
TexasNoNo
UtahNoNo
VermontNoNo
Virginia Online Sports BettingYesNo
WashingtonNoNo
West Virginia Online Sports BettingYesYes
WisconsinNoNo
WyomingNoNo

 

More money is legally wagered on the Super Bowl than ever before in the US and expansion outside of Nevada is still just getting started. Twenty-five states have legalized sports betting so far, with 21 markets currently taking wagers. Thirteen states have active or pre-field legislation to legalize sports betting.

This should continue to see wagerings on the Big Game increase as more states legalize sports gambling.

It’s all on the up and up

More and more, Americans are flocking toward legal sports betting options over oft-shady off-shore offerings and local bookies. The AGA reports that 65% of expected Super Bowl bettors say it is important for themselves to use a legal, regulated sportsbook to place their wagers.

In addition, 34% of Americans recall seeing responsible gaming messaging in the past year – up five points from 2020 – and 53% of Super Bowl bettors remember seeing responsible gaming messages.

“This data is an encouraging sign that our efforts to ground the expansion of sports betting in responsible gaming is taking hold,” Miller said. “Responsible gaming is core to legal sports betting’s long-term success, and this is borne out by continued demand for consumer protections only available in the legal market.”

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