According to AGA CEO, Bill Miller in an official statement: “the interest in legal, regulated sports betting in the United States has never been higher. More Americans than ever before will be able to place their bets with legal sportsbooks now operating in eight states, generating valuable revenue for state, local, and tribal governments, and increasing fan engagement with the game.”
Despite the ruling however, some 22.7 million Americans are still expected to wager money through illegal means, which would account for a whopping 95% of the action.
“These results, however, also point to the continued viability of the dangerous, illegal sports betting market in America. 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,” Miller went on to say.
Additionally, only 3 out of the eight states where sports betting has been legalised allow mobile wagering – Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia.
According to the AGA poll, conducted by Morning Consult, one in 10 American adults are expected to bet on Super Bowl 53 between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, with 52% getting behind the underdog Rams and the other 48% pushing the favoured Patriots to win.
The Las Vegas spread remains stable at 2.5 points while better odds for the Rams (3 points) can be found at certain online sportsbooks.