While millions of people will be watching Sunday’s Big Game just for the fun of it (and the food! have we mentioned the food?!) 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 Assoc.