How Much Money is Bet on the Super Bowl Every Year?

The Super Bowl is the … Super Bowl of sports betting. For bettors around the world, this is their chance to bet on the NFL’s biggest game. For some, it will end in tears; for others, it will end with a ton of cash deposited into their online betting account.

American gambling online, whether it’s prop bets or spreads or totals, is big business. However, what about those who bet in person at a Las Vegas sportsbook? Have you ever wondered what the total handle – a fancy way to say the “sum of all bets” – is for the NFL’s most important Sunday?

Super Bowl Bets by the Numbers

An obscene amount of money is thrown into Super Bowl betting each year. According to the American Gaming Association, roughly 23 million Americans were estimated to have bet on the Super Bowl in 2019. As of 2018, there were 327.2 million people living in the United States. That means about seven percent of the population – basically, everyone and their mothers – are hoping to lay down some cash on the Super Bowl yearly.

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The Nevada State Gaming Control Board releases the total amount bet on the Super Bowl about 24 hours after the game. These numbers are courtesy of 200 sportsbooks from across the state. This data goes back to 1991 – that year, bettors placed $40,080,409 worth of wagers on the Super Bowl. That’s equivalent to about $75,000,000 today.

You’ll notice that Super Bowl 53 saw less money wagered than the previous year. Maybe people were sick of seeing the New England Patriots? Maybe Los Angeles Rams bettors sat this one out? Who knows. What we do know is that legal wagers at sportsbooks in the Silver State make up a huge chunk of revenue at casinos from Sin City to Reno to Carson City.

Additionally, check out Super Bowls 31 and 34. There is no winner against the spread (ATS) because both games pushed. In sports gambling, a PUSH is when the spread result or total score hits the oddsmaker’s set number exactly. In this instance, the betting site gives you your money back.

Furthermore, 24 out of 30 times the winner of the big game was also the ATS winner. Only in Super Bowls 30, 38, 39 and 43 has the loser covered the spread. The average total score is 46.6. Some games are high-scoring affairs where the O-line is hotter than a grill during the parking lot tailgate. In other years, the teams can barely make it past each other’s D-lines into the end zone.

Check out the chart below and see for yourself exactly how much is bet on the Super Bowl.

For more information on the numerous ways to wager on the big game, check out our How to Bet on the Super Bowl article. To keep up to date on the latest odds for Super Bowl 55 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, our Super Bowl futures page has you covered.

How Much Money Is Bet on the Super Bowl?

Total Amount Wagered Since Super Bowl 25
Super Bowl Amount Bet (USD) Score Straight-up Winner ATS Winner
54 (Feb 2, 2020) $154,703,640 Chiefs 31, 49ers 20 Chiefs Chiefs
53 (Feb 3, 2019) $145,939,025 Patriots 13, Rams 3 Patriots Patriots
52 (Feb 4, 2018) $158,586,934 Eagles 41, Patriots 33 Eagles Eagles
51 (Feb 5, 2017) $138,480,136 Patriots 34, Falcons 28 Patriots Patriots
50 (Feb 7, 2016) $132,545,587 Broncos 24, Panthers 10 Broncos Broncos
49 (Feb 1, 2015) $115,986,086 Patriots 28, Seahawks 24 Patriots Patriots
48 (Feb 2, 2014) $119,400,822 Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 Seahawks Seahawks
47 (Feb 3, 2013) $98,936,798 Ravens 34, 49ers 31 Ravens Ravens
46 (Feb 5, 2012) $93,899,840 Giants 21, Patriots 17 Giants Giants
45 (Feb 6, 2011) $87,491,098 Packers 31, Steelers 25 Packers Packers
44 (Feb 7, 2010) $82,726,367 Saints 31, Colts 17 Saints Saints
43 (Feb 1, 2009) $81,514,748 Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 Steelers Cardinals
42 (Feb 3, 2008) $92,055,833 Giants 17, Patriots 14 Giants Giants
41 (Feb 4, 2007) $93,067,358 Colts 29, Bears 17 Colts Colts
40 (Feb 5, 2006) $94,534,372 Steelers 21, Seahawks 10 Steelers Steelers
39 (Feb 6, 2005) $90,759,236 Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Patriots Eagles
38 (Feb 1, 2004) $81,242,191 Patriots 32, Panthers 29 Patriots Panthers
37 (Jan 26, 2003) $71,513,304 Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21 Buccaneers Buccaneers
36 (Feb 3, 2002) $71,693,032 Patriots 20, Rams 17 Patriots Patriots
35 (Jan 28, 2001) $67,661,425 Ravens 34, Giants 7 Ravens Ravens
34 (Jan 30, 2000) $71,046,751 Rams 23, Titans 16 Rams PUSH
33 (Jan 31, 1999) $75,986,520 Broncos 34, Falcons 19 Broncos Broncos
32 (Jan 25, 1998) $77,253,246 Broncos 31, Packers 24 Broncos Broncos
31 (Jan 26, 1997) $70,853,211 Packers 35, Patriots 21 Packers PUSH
30 (Jan 28, 1996) $70,907,801 Cowboys 27, Steelers 17 Cowboys Steelers
29 (Jan 29, 1995) $69,591,818 49ers 49, Chargers 26 49ers 49ers
28 (Jan 29, 1994) $54,483,221 Cowboys 30, Bills 13 Cowboys Cowboys
27 (Jan 31, 1993) $56,811,405 Cowboys 52, Bills 17 Cowboys Cowboys
26 (Jan 26, 1992) $50,334,227 Redskins 37, Bills 24 Redskins Redskins
25 (Jan 27, 1991) $40,080,409 Giants 20, Bills 19 Giants Giants

If you want even more handicapping information for the NFL, whether it’s the Super Bowl, the playoffs or a Monday Night Football game during the regular season, check out the following pages:

• Betting News – What’s going on in the NFL from a wagering standpoint

Odds – Lines from different sportsbooks for upcoming games

• Futures – Who is projected to win the big game

Free Picks – Predictions from our super computer for ATS, SU, O/U

• Consensus – What side is the public heavily betting on

• Scores – Pretty self-explanatory

• Standings – Overall standings for the league and betting records

• Stats – How a team does on Offense and Defense

• Game Logs – Matchup recaps

• Betting Trends – How teams have done ATS, O/U in the past as favorites/underdogs

• Power Rankings – See how teams stack up against each other

• Team Reports – Synopsis of each crew

• Database – How a squad performed historically ATS

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