Jan 31, 2020 - Sports

26 million Americans will bet on Super Bowl LIV

Prop bets at Bally's Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. Photo: Wayne Parry/AP

With sports betting now legal in 14 states, the American Gaming Association estimates $6.8 billion will be bet legally and illegally on Sunday's Super Bowl between the S.F. 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, AP's Wayne Parry reports.

The state of play: 26 million Americans plan to make a bet, up 15% from last year, per the AGA.

If you think the game will be high-scoring, make a bet on the total, recently set at 54.5 points.

  • Proposition or "prop" bets (shown above) are based on whether a particular event will or won't happen during the game — which team will get the ball first or whether the first score of the game will be a touchdown or field goal.

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The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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Special preview: Super Bowl LIV

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Super Bowl isn't just a football game. It's the halftime show; it's the ads; it's the seven-layer dip; it's the fact that, for four hours on Sunday night, nobody is expected to be doing anything else.

Why it matters: The Super Bowl is one of the last remnants of an era when we all watched the same things at the same time. It is the "live sport" of all live sports, which is currently the only form of content tethering many consumers to traditional TV.

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Super Bowl: Trump criticized for congratulatory tweet to wrong state

President Trump quickly congratulated the Kansas City Chiefs for representing the "Great State of Kansas ... so very well" on Sunday night for beating the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl LIV.

  • But before he could delete his tweet and repost, many critics noted that the Chiefs play in Missouri, including current and former Democratic politicians in the state and conservative lawyer George Conway, husband of counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway.

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