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The Super Bowl is the single most popular sporting event to bet on in the US every year.
Legal sportsbooks across the US see a ton of action during the NFL season but that escalates even further when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around.
Super Bowl LV will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.
With sports betting expanding across the US, legal wagering figures on the Super Bowl should continue to rise. For 2020, that figure came in at about $270 million after early reporting across 10 states.
The final tally is likely closer to $300 million – still a small percentage compared to the estimated $6.8B bet on the Super Bowl across the US via non-legal means.
Yes, betting on the Super Bowl is now legal in many states across the country.
As sports betting becomes popular, more states have legalized and regulated it or have sports betting bills in place to do so. Legal sports betting is now in effect in more than a dozen states within the US.
You don’t need to be a resident of one of these states; you only need to be physically within the state’s borders at the time you place a bet.
Depending on the state, you can choose between several online sportsbook options. Many states have introduced legal sports betting industries since 2018.
Here’s a look at the status of legal sports betting in the US in advance of Super Bowl 55:
Retail & Online Retail Only Upcoming States Indiana Arkansas Illinois Iowa Delaware Montana New Jersey Mississippi New Hampshire Oregon New Mexico North Carolina Pennsylvania New York Tennessee Rhode Island Michigan West Virginia Colorado Nevada
As more states legalize sports betting, it should further reduce the amount of unregulated gambling in the US. If the state you’re in (or live near) now offers legal online and live sportsbooks, they are superior options for Super Bowl betting.
While betting on sports is legal in many states, not all offer online sports betting.
The following states have legalized online and mobile sports betting and have at least one online sportsbook available:
The most popular sports betting apps in many of these states are DraftKings and FanDuel. Both operators expanded from daily fantasy sports (DFS) to become two of the top online sportsbooks available in any market.
Various other successful online sportsbooks and apps exist in several states, too. Among them include William Hill, BetRivers, Fox Bet, PointsBet, BetMGM and SugarHouse.
The New Jersey sports betting market is the most mature in the US. The Garden State features a variety of online and retail sportsbooks.
In NJ, DraftKings, William Hill and FanDuel are among the top-performing online sports betting apps.
Pennsylvania’s sports betting market offers a lot of the same options as its neighbor. The Keystone State hosts several mobile sports betting apps and retail sportsbooks.
Besides DraftKings and FanDuel, Fox Bet Sportsbook is also one of the most popular platforms in PA.
The Indiana sports betting market is one of the newest in the country. The Hoosier State features several online betting platforms, such as DraftKings and FanDuel. BetRivers Sportsbook is available as well.
PointsBet, Caesars, William Hill and Fox Bet are expected to launch in Indiana soon, too.
In 2019, West Virginia rebooted its online sportsbook offerings when DraftKings and FanDuel launched within days of each other. Both online apps are popular so far, and have helped increase handle in the state.
Sports betting is legal in New Hampshire; it went live before 2020 began. Unlike most regulated sports betting states, NH hosts only one online option: DraftKings Sportsbook.
DraftKings won NH’s state testing for both online and retail sportsbooks. Its high scores, along with the company’s proposal for revenue splits, earned DraftKings the exclusive contract within the Granite State.
Sports betting has been legal in Nevada for decades, and online/mobile sports betting since the start of the last decade.
Nevada is best known for its huge sportsbooks with TVs as far as the eye can see. Almost every casino also has an online betting app that people can use. Unfortunately, you have to go to the actual sportsbook to sign up for and fund the app.
But MGM Resorts, Caesars, Station Casinos and William Hill all have betting apps that you can use in the state, among others.
Several other states have online wagering and a mobile app (or more than one, in Iowa’s case) for the Super Bowl. They include:
Betting on the Super Bowl has become even more popular since the emergence of legal online sportsbooks.
Players who live in a state with online sports betting can place wagers throughout the big game right from their mobile device.
Even those who don’t have access to an online option can still get action down. Several states have legalized sports gambling, but haven’t legalized online wagering or don’t have any apps available yet.
The betting options for the Super Bowl should be about the same, whether you’re betting online or at a retail sportsbook.
The following are the standard betting types available for Super Bowl LV:
Betting against the point spread is the most common way to wager on any NFL game.
The spread provided by sportsbooks is supposed to even the game out so that both teams are on a level playing field. You can either take the favorite and give points, or bet on the underdog receiving them.
In Super Bowl 53, the Patriots were favored and were giving a 2.5-point spread. They won the game and covered the spread by winning by 10.
A moneyline wager is similar to a point spread bet, except there aren’t any points involved.
Like a spread bet, you must pick a team to wager on; however, the outcome of the bet is strictly decided by which team wins the game.
The moneyline for each team is based on the size of the point spread. In Super Bowl 53, the Patriots were giving 2.5 points and were listed around -140 on the moneyline. So, in order to have won $100, you must have wagered $140.
On the other hand, since the Rams were underdogs, those who bet on LA would win more than they wagered. The Rams had odds at +115, so a $100 bet would have won $115 if LA were victorious.
Game totals are another popular betting option for the Super Bowl. If you’re unsure of which team will win the game, you can still wager on the game’s over/under.
In Super Bowl 53, the total for the game was set at 56 points. Since there were only 16 total points scored in the entire game, those who bet on the under would have won.
Most sportsbooks offer specific team totals, such as when you wager on the total number of points that one team will score.
Live betting is one of the most popular ways to wager with an online sportsbook.
Instead of having to place a bet before the game starts, in-play betting allows you to wager at any point during the game. Live betting is excellent in a lot of ways.
Also known as in-play betting, you can miss the start of a game and not be locked out from betting altogether. It also gives you a chance to see how the game starts before committing any money.
As a sporting event goes on, sportsbooks update the odds based on what’s occurring in the game. You will have updated lines for all of the standard odds, including point spread, moneyline and game totals.
A lot of sportsbooks will expand on these even farther. Alternate lines, as well as game, team and player props, are often available too.
Live betting is best with an online sports betting app because of the speed at which the odds change. Lines will adjust with just about every single play, so having an online sportsbook is the best option.
The majority of online sportsbooks offer live betting and will do so for this year’s Super Bowl as well.
Another popular betting option for the Super Bowl is prop betting.
More than any other NFL game during the year, the Super Bowl always has a long list of prop bets available.
These are typically exciting because they don’t have much to do with the outcome of the game. While it will vary based on the book, here are some of the most popular prop bets that may be available in your state for the Super Bowl:
The most common prop bet is typically the Super Bowl MVP. Like a lot of props, wagering on who will be named the game’s MVP is excellent because it only takes a small bet to come away with a big payday.
Of course, it depends on who you bet on to win the award, but every player listed under the MVP prop will have plus odds — if you win the bet, you’ll net more money than you had to wager initially.
In Super Bowl 53, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman won the MVP. Prior to the game’s start, his odds were around +2000, or 20-to-1. Those who bet $10 on Edelman to earn the achievement won $200 in return.
In Super Bowl 54, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes earned MVP honors.
Even though some bettors can’t wager through an online sportsbook because their state hasn’t launched yet, they do have alternate choices.
One of the most popular ways to have a financial stake in the Super Bowl that doesn’t involve a sportsbook is with daily fantasy sports.
Daily fantasy sports is where operators like DraftKings and FanDuel first made their name. Instead of having a team for an entire year like in season-long fantasy leagues, DFS consists of teams you draft for one day or week.
These games are seen as legal and available in more than 40 states. Like sportsbooks have with prop bets, DFS providers also have special games in place just for the Super Bowl.
Big Game Bingo is a free bingo-styled game that FanDuel provides for the Super Bowl. In this game, you can win money for filling out your digital bingo card.
The card consists of props bets for the Super Bowl that include some odd ones you won’t be able to bet on at sportsbooks. These consist of celebrity sightings, songs played during the halftime show and commercials.
Although it’s not easy to win, FanDuel offers participants a prize pool of $25,000. The game has continued to grow in popularity, with more than 350,000 entries in years past.
DraftKings offers a similar sort of free game for the Super Bowl. With DraftKings Squares, you can win cash prizes for having the right box on your virtual card.
Just like “box pools” that many take part in, you can win if your box matches the score of the game at the end of each quarter.
Every card consists of numbers zero through nine along the top and the side. The two teams playing in the Super Bowl will also be posted, with one on the top and one on the side.
If the final digit of each team’s score in the game matches your box, you are a winner. Typically, payouts are at the end of each quarter, with the halftime and final score counting for more.
Unfortunately, some states in the US still don’t have online sports betting apps.
Some have legalized online wagering and haven’t launched any online sportsbooks yet. Others offer retail sports betting but have not legalized online sports wagering.
New York has a variety of retail sportsbooks in operation, but no online betting as of yet.
The state’s commercial and tribal casinos have sportsbooks where you can place a bet in person. If you are looking for a place to bet, read more about NY sportsbooks.
Online sports betting is legal in Delaware but is currently not available.
If you’re looking to bet on the Super Bowl, you must visit a retail sportsbook at one of the three in-state casinos:
Mississippi offers retail sports betting, but not online wagering. You can only bet on sports from either the water- or land-based casinos located in the state.
While state regulations do allow a form of mobile sports betting, it must occur on-site at one of Mississippi’s casinos.
The Beau Rivage (Biloxi) and Gold Strike (Tunica) casinos were the first two in the state to accept legal sports wagers. Mississippi sports betting now features more than 20 retail locations.
New Mexico offers several sportsbooks at tribal casinos. You must visit one of these to place a legal bet in NM.
There is currently just one Arkansas sportsbook: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort.
The American Gaming Association estimates that a total of $6 billion was wagered on the 2019 Super Bowl. Only $325 million of that was at legal US sportsbooks, both online and retail. Furthermore, that number will grow as more states continue to regulate sports betting.
According to the Nielsen rating, around 98 million people watched the Super Bowl between the Patriots and Rams in 2019.
The betting line will be established once the Super Bowl LIV matchup is set. Check our page on US betting sites to see where you can find the latest Super Bowl odds in your state.