This year’s Super Bowl is going to see historic numbers when it comes to gambling, according to reports.
In a survey conducted by the American Gaming Association, a record 50.4 million adults in the United States are expected to bet around $16 billion on the game between the Eagles and Chiefs on Sunday.
This would represent a 61% increase in gambling from Super Bowl LVI between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams. In the year since Super Bowl LVI, Kansas, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maryland have legalized gambling, which would partially explain the massive spike.
A record 50.4 million adults in the United States — roughly 20% of the population — are expected to combine to bet approximately $16 billion on Super Bowl LVII, according to survey results released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association.
The number of expected Super Bowl bettors is up 61% from last year’s survey and is equivalent to how many adults in the U.S. participate in running. Kansas, Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts have launched online sports betting since the last Super Bowl. [via ESPN]
To put those numbers into perspective, $16B is higher than the GDP of nations such as Laos, Mali, Georgia, Jamaica, Palestine, Bahamas, and about 74 other nations.
Super Bowl LVII — which will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12 — sees Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take on Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. Both teams are the #1 overall seed in their respective conferences, having finished the regular season with identical 14-3 records.
The two franchises obviously share a link through Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who coached in Philly from 1999 to 2012, taking the team to five NFC title games and one Super Bowl. At the moment, the Eagles are currently favored over the Chiefs by just 1.5 points.
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