Americans to bet $6B on Super Bowl: American Gaming Association

Americans to bet $6B on Super Bowl: American Gaming Association

Americans are expected to wager $6 billion collectively on the Super Bowl on Sunday, the American Gaming Association (AGA) announced.

The AGA released a new survey about betting ahead of Super Bowl LIII, when the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.

One in 10 Americans polled plans to bet on the Super Bowl, which AGA says comes down to 22.7 million American adults. Among poll respondents, 52 percent of bets will be on the Rams and 48 percent on the Patriots.

Betting credits were offered after the Rams beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game because of the controversy over referees failing to call a penalty when a Rams defender leveled a Saints receiver.

The online bookmaker PointsBet is giving bonus bets as a refund to those who wagered on the Saints.

On Sunday, 1.8 million Americans plan to bet on the game illegally, through a bookie, the association said. It added that millions more are likely to bet illegally through offshore online books.

“The interest in legal, regulated sports betting in the United States has never been higher,” said Bill Miller, AGA’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement. He has been at the helm of the association since December and previously was the senior vice president at Business Roundtable.

The Supreme Court in May struck down a 1992 federal law which has banned sports betting in most states and now, regulated sports betting is offered in eight states.

The AGA and other stakeholders are looking to influence more states. Another part of the AGA's mission, according to its website, is "stopping illegal gambling by partnering with law enforcement to develop national, state and local opportunities for action and engagement."

“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,” Miller said.

The survey was conducted for AGA by Morning Consult on Jan. 22 and included 2,201 adults.