Super Bowl Sunday Means Super Betting: Millions of Americans to Wager Billions

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned PAPSA, here are the states where Americans can place sports bets legally.
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The burning question for millions of Americans in the lead up to Super Bowl LIII isn't just "who will win?" but "how can I get in on the action?" That’s because this year’s championship between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams marks the first Super Bowl since the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PAPSA), which banned states (except for Nevada) from regulating and taxing sports betting for more than a quarter century. Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that it was up to the states to decide if its residents could bet on sports.

According to an American Gaming Association survey, 22.7 million American adults are expected to wager roughly $6 billion on the Super Bowl, with 52% saying they will bet on the Rams and 48% on the Patriots. Millions plan to place bets on everything from the length of Glady Knight’s rendition of the national anthem to which team will use coach’s challenge first. American Gaming Association spokeswoman Sara Slane told CBS that roughly 97% of bets will be placed illegally because of the court ruling being so recent.

Sports betting is currently legal in eight states. Here’s information on how you can legally bet in each state:

Delaware

You can place bets at the state’s three casinos: Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino. Mobile betting is currently not an option.

Mississippi

You can bet at more than 20 casinos that provide sports betting. Mobile wagering is allowed only on casino property.

Nevada

It should come as no surprise that sports betting has been legal here since 1949. Mobile betting is available at sportsbook operators.

New Jersey

You can currently bet at 12 casinos in the Garden State at brick-and-mortar locations and their mobile apps. In addition, there are eight licensed online or mobile only sportsbooks.

New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment has not legalized gambling but the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel in Bernalillo is the one place in the state that allows sport betting, courtesy of a state gaming pact with the Santa Ana Pueblo.

Pennsylvania

There’s sports betting at the Hollywood Casino in Grantville, the Parx Casino in Bucks County, the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and the Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia. Mobile betting is not yet an option.

Rhode Island

The Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Riverton offer sports betting. Mobile betting is currently not authorized.

West Virginia

Place your bets at the The Casino Club at The Greenbrier, the Hollywood Casino, the Mardi Gras Casino, the Mountaineer Casino and the Wheeling Island Casino. Mobile betting is available in the Mountain State.

Arkansas, Oregon and Washington, D.C. have already passed sports betting bills or ballot questions but are not yet operational, and dozens of other states are poised to consider legalization this year.

While everyone likes to think of themselves as a winner when it comes to betting, the reality is gambling can be bad for your finances because it can lead to debt. Not every bet is a guaranteed win and if you lose, you’ve lost money you could have spent on something useful or on an investment. If you bet more than you can afford, you could get into serious debt, which could negatively impact your credit score, the interest rates you pay and possibly affect your ability to get a job or secure an apartment rental.

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