The American Gaming Association on Tuesday announced a record 31.4 million Americans are planning to bet a combined $7.6 billion on matchup between the hometown Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals Sunday’s Super Bowl.
According to the casino industry group, the number of Americans planning to bet on the NFL’s title game, which is the biggest U.S. TV event of the year, is up 35% from 2021 while the estimated record value of wagers being bet is a 78% jump from last year.
Compared to last year’s Super Bowl driving the numbers is the fact that between Tampa Bay and Kansas City, 45 million more Americans can legally wager on this year’s game in their home state where sports betting has since become legal.
In the past year Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming have legalized sports betting, bringing the total number of states with legal sports betting to 30 plus Washington, D.C.
AGA Chief Executive Bill Miller mentioned Americans have never been more interested in legal sports wagering. While the growth of legal options across the country not only protects fans and the integrity of games and bets, but also puts illegal operators on notice that their time is limited.
The AGA is also predicting the number of Americans who place traditional sports wagers online, at a retail sportsbook or with a bookie will rise 78% to 18.2 million while casual betting as part of an office pool or squares contest, will jump 23% to 18.5 million.