The American Gambling Association told Darren Heitner of Forbes that it expects Americans to wager an estimated $4.2 billion on Super Bowl 50, an 8 percent increase from last year’s matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.
“As Americans celebrate a milestone Super Bowl, they’ll also bet a record amount on the Big Game,” AGA president and CEO Geoff Freeman told Heitner.
“Just like football, sports betting has never been more popular than it is today. The casino gaming industry is leading the conversation around a new approach to sports betting that enhances consumer protections, strengthens the integrity of games and recognizes fans’ desire for greater engagement with sports.”
This year’s Super Bowl should be an absolute barnburner, with Cam Newton and the strong overall attack of the Carolina Panthers matching up against the aging Peyton Manning and bone-crushing defense of the Denver Broncos. Per Bovada, Carolina are currently six-point favorites.
Needless to say, with two such polarizing teams playing for the Lombardi Trophy, expect the money to be flying in the week leading up to the Super Bowl!
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