Super Bowl LVI Will Set A Record

Sunday’s big game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will be one of the most eagerly anticipated sports events of the year.

Each year, around the world, millions of dollars are bet on the game but until recently, many American sports fans were not allowed to bet on the match.

However, the changes in legislation across a number of states, as documented on over the last few years means that many millions more Americans can enjoy a wager on the game this year.

And the national trade group for the bookmaking industry in the United States reckon that it could be the biggest Super Bowl yet for American sports betting enthusiasts.

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Sportsbook Expansion Fuels Super Bowl Betting Boom

With sportsbook services like FanDuel Sportsbook operating across multiple states, and states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana now allowing sports betting, this means that more Americans than ever can enjoy a wager on the game.

So much so that the American Gaming Association (AGA) has forecast that around 31.5 million Americans plan on betting on the game in some way or another, with around $7.6 billion dollars set to be wagered on the game alone.

However, it should be noted that this figure is not the total amount that will be spent with sportsbooks alone. It does include people making casual wagers with friends or relatives, entries made into office pools or sweepstakes and even bets placed with illegal bookmaking services.

By Sunday, 30 states will offer legal gambling opportunities, as well as Washington D.C.

That means that an additional 45 million people will be eligible to bet on the game between the Rams and Bengals this weekend compared to the Buccaneers v Chiefs game last year.

“Integrity Of Games And Bets”

Speaking about what is forecast to be the biggest weekend in American sports betting history in terms of the amount being bet on a single event, Bill Miller, the CEO of the AGA commented:

“Americans have never been more interested in legal sports wagering.”

“The growth of legal options across the country not only protects fans and the integrity of games and bets, but also puts illegal operators on notice that their time is limited.”

The AGA also forecast that:

2 million American adults will place their wager online, at a retail sportsbook or with a bookie. An increase of 78% from the 2021 Super Bowl.
Additionally, 18.5 Million Americans plan to bet casually with friends or as part of a pool or squares contest. An increase of 23% from 2021, although the AGA noted that there was a significant overlap between these two groups.
76% of those questioned said it was important for them to bet legally in their state with a legal sportsbook – another increase of 11% from last year.

Perhaps most interesting for those punters seeking to enjoy a bet on the game, 55% of those questioned revealed that they intended to back the Rams, while 45% were keen to back the underdog Bengals.

Yet FanDuel has said that their figures don’t corroborate that, with 59% of spread bets on Cincinnati to cover the 4-point spread as the underdog and that on money line bets, 76% of bets taken have backed the Bengals to win the game.

Those figures have been broadly replicated with other sports betting sites across the United States.

So, a good question to ask here, is how has this impacted the current odds for Super Bowl LVI?

Latest Odds & Practice Reports For Super Bowl LVI

Currently with Fan Duel, there seems to have been a little more money for theFanDuel Sportsbook Bengals over the last couple of days.

The Spread bet has been cut to +4 for the Bengals and -4 for the Rams (-112 on the Rams, -108 on the Bengals).

Similarly, we’ve seen the odds on the Rams lengthen slightly to -198, while the odds on the Bengals have drifted in to +166 on the moneyline bets.

The early injury reports for both teams have seen the Rams list seven players as questionable for the game (Cam Akers, Christian Rozenboom, Tyler Higbee, Grant Haley, Van Jefferson, Jalen Ramsey and Andrew Whitworth) though it is expected all seven of these should be fit to go Sunday.

But safety Taylor Rapp is back in full training, so will Eric Weddle get to continue his Super Bowl quest this weekend or not?

The Bengals have listed five players as questionable (Cam Sample, C.J.Uzomah, Josh Tupou, Stanley Morgan and Jackson Carman), while there was good news as both defensive ends Trey Hendricksen and Wyatt Ray participate in full practice.

Author: Paula Dunn