Astonishing Gambling Numbers for Super Bowl 58
According to the American Gambling Association, the United States public is expected to gamble over 23 billion dollars on the upcoming Super Bowl.
Record high numbers for the amount of people and amount of money gambled in Super Bowl 58 are expected. Around 26% of the American population, roughly 67.8 million people, are expected to have some kind of action on Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
38 of the 50 states have legalized sports gambling since the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to vote to legalize sports gambling. With this Super Bowl being hosted within the city of Las Vegas, Nevada record numbers are expected to scream above any previously recorded numbers.
Previous Gambling Numbers
In 2022, Forbes reported a record-breaking amount of money. “Americans gambled away a record-breaking amount of money in 2022. The nation’s casinos and mobile gaming apps rang up a record $54.93 billion in revenue during the first 11 months of 2022. With one month still being tallied, 2022 has already smashed the $53.04 billion record by 13.5%, according to data collected from state regulators by the American Gaming Association. (These numbers do not include the nation’s tribal casinos, nor does it include illegal gambling.)”
That would mean that over half of the 2022 total numbers are expected to be wagered within Super Bowl 58.
Various websites have also reported the 2023 numbers eclipsing 115 million dollars, which would mean almost a quarter of the total money wagered would be seen in this one event.
What does it mean for the NFL?
According to Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, “the N.F.L. has embraced the gambling industry. It has forged partnerships reportedly worth nearly $1 billion over five years with sports betting companies and permitted a sports book to operate inside one of its stadiums. Now it even has a team in Las Vegas, which the league shunned for decades because any affiliation was seen as a threat to the integrity of the game.”
Super Bowl 58 Rules
Roger Goodell has set rules for this Super Bowl taking place in “Sin City” by stating “During Super Bowl week, all league and team personnel will be barred from participating in any form of gambling or visiting casinos. Before the week started, the NFL sent a reminder of the league’s gambling rules to all parties expected to travel to Las Vegas.” He was also quoted on keeping the “integrity of the game” at the highest level.
Current Gambling Numbers
According to Pickwise Kansas City is receiving 71% of the public tickets, while also receiving 73% of the money. This is not surprising as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are undefeated in these playoffs as an underdog. Mahomes is 9-0-1 as an underdog away from Kansas City within his career. Andy Reid is 3-0 against the spread and straight up against Kyle Shanahan in his career head-to-head.