By Skip Charles in Vegas
Five states have reported sports betting numbers on Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Nevada led the ranking with $180 million in bets, New Jersey came next with nearly $144 million in wagering handle, followed by Illinois’ $60.5 million. Mississippi saw nearly $6.4 million, and Montana reported about $700,000.
The American Gaming Association (AGA) had predicted that 31.4 million Americans would bet $7.61 billion on this year’s Super Bowl matchup, a 78% increase from last year, with more states offering legal sports betting. David Forman, AGA’s Senior Director of Research, said during a press call Tuesday to discuss 2021 commercial gaming records that the early numbers are “pointing to a very positive picture.” And he added: “Nevada was up over 30% from last year, New Jersey was up over 20%, which is particularly impressive given that New York is now online.”
New York, which has already broken nationwide records with nearly $2 billion online handle in its first month, will report its Super Bowl betting numbers on Friday. New Jersey’s sportsbooks saw a $7.8 million win, down from the $11.3 million they kept from last year’s Super Bowl. The betting handle was up 22.4% over the $117.4 million wagered on last year’s Super Bowl.