Gaming Advocates: 97% of Super Bowl Bets Illegal


Billions of dollars will bet on Sunday's Super Bowl, everything from the length of the national anthem, color of Gatorade thrown on the winning coach to whether the Manning brothers appear in a commercial.

Nevada is the only state exempted from the federal ban on sports betting, but that won't stop millions of Americans from placing a wager anyway.

“There's going to be $4.76 billion bet on Super Bowl LII, 97-percent of that is going to be done illegally,” says Casey Clark with the American Gaming Association.

Recent polling shows more than half of Texans believe the law should be changed to allow legal sports betting in individual states.

“It's a states rights issue and Texans should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to do this, and the research bears out that Texans are already doing it.”

“We estimtate that between $150-500 billion is bet on sports every year in this country,” says Clark.  “That's a massive amount money to make sure states like Texas have no protections or benfit from legalization or regulation of gaming that's already happening.”

For the record, the Patriots are favored by four-and-a-half points.  The over/under is 48-and-a-half.


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