Americans enjoy participating in and playing sports, but what really seems to thrill them is sports betting. It is illegal to bet on sports in the United States, but this doesn’t seem to stop them from doing so. Americans are the biggest contributors to the online sports betting industry, and a big chunk of the betting is done on American football. It’s no surprise that most online sports betting takes place during the Super Bowl. The 50th Super Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 7, 2016 at Santa Clara, California’s immense Levi's Stadium which was inaugurated in 2014 and took $1.2 billion to make.
There is a great deal of excitement around this event in California since the last time the state hosted it was in 2003 when San Diego was the venue of Super Bowl 37. This year, the Carolina Panthers will face off against the Denver Broncos in an eagerly awaited match. The former team is the National Football Conference champion whereas the latter team is the American Football Conference champion. It goes without saying that there are a great many exciting betting opportunities associated with this match.
Gambling operators have stepped up to the challenge by offering a very large number of prop bets around the Super Bowl. While there will no doubt be plenty of bets on the outcome of the game as well as the performance of specific players, there will be many more betting opportunities during the match and also leading up to it. For instance, there will be plenty of bets on the outcome of the coin toss. There will also be odds offered on which commercial will be the first to be aired during half time. Interestingly enough, people will also bet on the duration of the performance of the national anthem. Another topic that is bound to attract the interest of punters is the gossip surrounding specific footballers.
There is good chance that millions of Americans will place bets on the match, even those who do not enjoy playing football because this has become a very big part of American culture. As a matter of fact, many people consider the Super Bowl to be one of their favourite holidays. Many Americans will visit casinos in Nevada in order to place bets on the Super Bowl. However, they will not amount to more than 3% of the total number of Americans who will place wagers on this event. Others will place informal bets with their friends, family members and co-workers. However, the majority of gamblers will go online in order to place bets since bookmakers offer a wide range of attractive bets. According to reliable but conservative estimates, Americans will wager a whopping $4.2 billion on the Super Bowl game and other related events. Given the amount of money that changes hands on account of the Super Bowl, the need of the hour is to have uniform laws in the United States to make online sports betting legal and properly regulated.