While millions of people will be watching Sunday’s Super Bowl just for the fun of it, there are plenty of folks who'll have a lot riding on whether the Cincinnati Bengals or the Los Angeles Rams win. That’s because a lot of people will have money on the game.
According to the American Gaming Association:
- Approximately $7.61 billion will be bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl, up from $3.33 billion last year.
- A record 31.4 million Americas will bet on the Big Game, an increase of 35% from last year.
- Of those bets, 18.2 million adults will place their bets either online, at a retail sportsbook or with a bookie, up 78% from 2021.
- Another 18.5 million will casually place bets with friends, or part of a pool or squares contest, up from 23% from last year.
So, who is everyone betting for?
- Well, the poll finds that 55% of Americans will be putting their money on the Los Angeles Rams to win, while 45% will bet on the Cincinnati Bengals.
As for what's behind the record increases...
- Well, it helps that currently 30 states and Washington, DC feature live, legal sports betting.
- Plus, 45 million more Americans can legally wager in their home state compared to last year’s Super Bowl.
Source: American Gaming Association