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By David K. Li
This year's Super Bowl is the first where sports gambling is legal in seven states than Nevada.
With the kickoff of legalized sports betting in these new countries, there are still others who are considering taking the same step, surely keeping tabs on Sunday's championship games in Atlanta ̵
The seven states now allow their First Sports Bet before the table after the US Supreme Court pledged bans are: Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.
Some of them will probably know on Monday how much players are betting on the biggest annual event in American sports.
This Monday morning accounts can go a long way to assessing American appetite for more gambling.
"You should have expectations – some realistic, some not," said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "The realistic expectation is this: this is going to be a number, a number that reflects your infrastructure and the player base that exists now."
Sara Slane, senior vice president of an industrial group, the American Gaming Association, predicted There may be as many as 20 states of lawful sports betting at this time in 2020.
Arkansas, Oregon, New York and the District of Columbia look to be ahead to have sports betting in their jurisdictions in 2019, according to the law firm.
"This is no longer a time of competition among casino operators. There is a competition between states," Slane said. "They want to keep the money in their state. They have a little fomo (fear of missing out)."
Even with the new countries where sports betting is legal, an overwhelming majority of Americans lack a nearby sportsbook for legitimate placement Super Bowl games.
Slane's group ordered polls with Morning Consult and found that 22.7 million US adults are planning to bet $ 6 billion, legally or illegally, on the Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriots or to do some of dozens of side bets , known as "proposition games" or "props" that are not directly related to the end result.
"Super Bowl games are part of the experience now," Slane said. "It's definitely a ritual that people like, like eating chicken wings and pizza."
Nevada has tracked its Super Bowl handle since 2009, and each year has topped the previous one. More than $ 158.58 million was invested in last year's big game, up from $ 138.4 million in 2017.
Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the Nevada Gaming Board, said Sunday's Patriots Rams title game would bring about 4 percent more action than last year's clash between the patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I expect another record," Lawton said. "I don't know what would make me say we shouldn't post a new post."
New England Patriots are 2 1/2 point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday's big game.