The Super Bowl brings in a lot of betting action across the globe.  The Nevada Gaming Commission reports the total amount of wagers taken on the Super Bowl at the state’s sportsbooks each year.  Here’s a hint, it’s nearly as much as the amount wagered for the entire NCAA tournament.

This is the most accurate way to track betting on the game and the starting point for any estimates about the total amount of gambling done worldwide.

2021 Was a Big Year for Sportsbooks

The most recent Super Bowl between the Bucs and the Chiefs was a very profitable one for the Vegas books. Casinos took in just $136 million in wagers, down over $18 million from 2020, the lowest number since 2016, most likely due to Covid-19 driving down overall trips to Vegas for the big game. Tampa Bay was obviously the team that books wanted to see win the game. The Bucs’ win netted the books over $12.5 million in profits, a 9.2% return. Both the profit and return figures were well above the average for the last five years.

Most betting during the season is done on the spread and total, but prop bets and exotic wagers get a lot more action during the Super Bowl.

How Much Las Vegas Sportsbooks Make on the Super Bowl Wagers

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$136,096,460$12,574,1259.2%Tampa Bay 31, Kansas City 9
2020$154,679,241$18,774,14812.1%Kansas City 31, San Francisco 20
2019$145,939,025$10,780,3197.4%New England 13, LA Rams 3
2018$158,586,934$1,170,4320.7%Philadelphia 41, New England 33
2017$138,480,136$10,937,8267.9%New England 34, Atlanta 28
2016$132,545,587$13,314,53910.0%Denver 24, Carolina 10
2015$115,986,086$3,261,0662.8%New England 28, Seattle 24
2014$119,400,000$19,700,00016.5%Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
2013$98,936,798$7,206,4607.3%Ravens 34, 49ers 31
2012$93,899,840$5,064,4705.4%Giants 21, Patriots 17
2011$87,491,098$724,1760.8%Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25
2010$82,726,367$6,857,1018.3%New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
2009$81,514,748$6,678,0448.2%Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
2008$92,055,833($2,573,103)-2.8%N.Y. Giants 17, New England 14
2007$93,067,358$12,930,17513.9%Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
2006$94,534,372$8,828,4319.3%Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
2005$90,759,236$15,430,13817.0%New England 24, Philadelphia 21
2004$81,242,191$12,440,69815.3%New England 32, Carolina 29
2003$71,693,032$5,264,9637.3%Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21
2002$71,513,304$2,331,6073.3%New England 20, St. Louis 17
2001$67,661,425$11,002,63616.3%Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7
2000$71,046,751$4,237,9786.0%St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16
1999$75,986,520$2,906,6013.8%Denver 34, Atlanta 19
1998$77,253,246$472,0330.6%Denver 31, Green Bay 24
1997$70,853,211$2,265,7013.2%Green Bay 35, New England 21
1996$70,907,801$7,126,14510.0%Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17
1995$69,591,818($396,674)-0.6%San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
1994$54,483,221$7,481,54113.7%Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
1993$56,811,405$7,174,86912.6%Dallas 52, Buffalo 17
1992$50,334,277$301,2800.6%Washington 37, Buffalo 24
1991$40,080,409$3,512,2418.8%New York Giants 20, Buffalo 19
SEGMENTAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
30 Year Averages$91,811,540$7,025,1607.65%
Average Last 5 Years$146,756,359$10,847,3707.39%

How Much is Bet by State (Legally)

As more and more states start to legalize sports betting, we have access to data on how much action they taking in on the big game. Below are the reported numbers by each state on the Super Bowl over the last two years. More states should be adding sports betting soon, though not all choose to share all of their figures.

New Jersey

The biggest handle outside of the desert comes in the Garden State. New Jersey’s handle on the big game was just over $117 million. It was a nice bounce back year for the state after losing $4.3 million last year, Jersey books took in over $11 million in profit on the most recent Super Bowl.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$117,400,000$11,300,0009.63%
2020$54,288,277$(4,280,000)-7.80%

Pennsylvania

The Keystone State saw action and profits increase at a very nice clip over the last season. At $9.3 million in book profit, only Nevada and New Jersey saw a bigger number.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$53,634,680$9,394,27117.52%
2020$30,693,942($3,334,787)-10.90%

Rhode Island

We weren’t able to locate profit/loss figures for Rhode Island this year, but given the increase in handle and the average return rate for other states this season, it’s safe to assume they made a good chunk of profit.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$6,500,000
2020$5,500,000$805,0001.50%

New Hampshire

New Hampshire saw a huge jump in money taken in on the Super Bowl this season. That’s usually good news, however, some high rollers must have hit the Buccaneers here because the books lost $1.7 million on the big game.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$7,100,000($1,700,000)-23.9%
2020$2,310,000

Delaware

Only $1.9 million was wagered in Delaware, largely due to the fact that they don’t offer mobile sports betting. They almost made up for last year’s losses, however, it’s clear that making customers bet in person is a huge deterrent.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$1,900,000$226,00011.89%
2020$2,100,000$(229,000.00)-11.00%

Mississippi

The Magnolia State saw a decent uptick in money bet on the Super Bowl. It was reported that $8 million was bet in 2021, up from $6.7 last year.

Mississippi has not made their profit/loss available for the public at this time.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$8,000,000
2020$6,700,000

Oregon

Oregon was another state that saw a significant jump in total bets taken last year. It paid off big on the Super bowl with an over 20% return for their sports books.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$3,465,472$696,23020.09%
2020$2,000,000$150,0000.80%

West Virginia

No data available yet for West Virginia on the 2021 Super Bowl.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021
2020$3,900,000

Iowa

Iowa saw one of the biggest jumps in wagering of any state, thanks in large part to allowing for mobile betting and extending deposits from in-person-only to online as well.  The Hawkeye state doesn’t release their profit/loss numbers, but seeing as how the Chiefs are one of the closest NFL teams to the area, it’s a safe assumptions that books here made a killing.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$16,300,000
2020$6,500,000

Colorado

This was the first year Colorado opened up legal sports betting and they had a solid showing with over $30 million in bets taken in on the Super Bowl.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$31,200,000

Illinois

Illinois opened up sports betting this past year as well and saw over $45 million in action.  With a large metro area, Illinois should continue to increase their sports betting options and their wager amounts should continue to grow.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$45,610,513$7,659,269.0016.8%

Washington DC

Washington DC was one of the few legalized areas that didn’t show a profit on this year’s Super Bowl.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$544,292$(9,546)-1.75%

Tennessee

Bettors turned out well for the big game in Tennessee this year. Books took in over $15 million in bets and ended up with a massive 18% return this season.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$15,427,000$2,801,00018.16%

Montana

Montana’s first year with legalized sports betting was a modest one, but sports books here did end up showing a tiny profit when all was said and done.

YEARAMT WAGEREDBOOK W/LRETURN
2021$493,000$11,000.002.2%

Many More Millions Gambled On the Super Bowl Illegally

So those numbers are just in Las Vegas.  Numbers vary widely on the reports of legal, Las Vegas betting and illegal betting but most estimates think Nevada only pulls in 2.5% of the total action!  So if this is correct then you can assume there is about 40x as much bet on the Super Bowl as what the numbers state above!

That is a lot of wagers that are being placed through bookies and online sports books.

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