Big bucks are being bet on the big game.
An estimated $6 billion will be wagered by Americans on the Super Bowl, according to survey results released Monday by the American Gaming Association, a trade group representing the casino industry.
Approximately 10% of Americans are planning to bet on the #SuperBowl, with the American Gaming Association expecting $6 billion in wagers to be placed legally and illegally by Americans.
— Alicia Jessop (@RulingSports) January 28, 2019
Nearly 10 percent of American adults plan to bet on the Super Bowl in one way or another, according to the survey, and they are divided on which team to back. Fifty-two percent of the 2,201 surveyed said they would be betting on the Rams, with the other 48 percent planning to back the Patriots.
“The interest in legal, regulated sports betting in the United States has never been higher,” Bill Miller, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said in a release announcing the survey results. “More Americans than ever before will be able to place their bets with legal sportsbooks now operating in eight states.”
Out of the 22.7 million American adults planning to bet on Sunday’s game, the survey found that 1.8 million still expect to bet with an illegal bookmaker, while millions more are likely to bet with offshore sportsbooks.
“These results, however, also point to the continued viability of the dangerous, illegal sports betting market in America,” Miller added. “It is more important than ever for jurisdictions to enact sound policies that provide a safe, legal alternative with protections for the nearly 23 million Americans who will place a bet on the big game.”
The survey was conducted Jan. 22 by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Gaming Association.
Gambling is an addiction, for some a serious disease.
No surprise here.