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.”
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:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
And here is a state-by-state breakdown of if you can legally wager online and/or at a retail location.
|Arizona Online Sports Betting||No||No|
|Colorado Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Florida Online Sports Betting||No||No|
|Illinois Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Indiana Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Iowa Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Michigan Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Nevada Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|New Jersey Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
|Tennessee Online Sports Betting||Yes||No|
|Virginia Online Sports Betting||Yes||No|
|West Virginia Online Sports Betting||Yes||Yes|
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.”