Super Bowl 2019 will be a retread in some ways. The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles (formerly St. Louis) Rams have competed for the title before, back in 2002. The host city, Atlanta, has been the site of the championship two times before, most recently in 2000, when the Rams won their only title.
But Super Bowl LIII does offer at least one novelty. For the first time, gamblers outside of Nevada will be able to bet on the big game.
Nevada, the glittering capital of the gambling industry in the U.S., has a long history of legal sports betting. For the most part, it was an exclusive history, until May 14, 2018, when the Supreme Court struck down a federal law barring other states from legalizing sports betting. In the subsequent months, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island legalized sports betting. Here's a rundown of sports wagering in each state.
Sports gaming is available at three casinos in Delaware: Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino. The minimum age to wager is 21.
Casinos and racetracks in New Jersey offer sports betting in person and online. You have to be at least 21 years old to place a bet, and you can't have any financial stake in the teams. Sports betting is available at:
- Bally's Casino Hotel Sports Book (online and in person)
- Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa Race and Sports Book (online and in person)
- Golden Nugget
- Harrah's Casino Hotel
- Resorts Casino Hotel (online and in person)
- The Meadowlands Racetrack (online and in person)
- Monmouth Park (online and in person)
- Ocean Resort (online and in person)
Sports wagering is available at 23 out of the 28 casinos in Mississippi. Check out the full list here. You must be at least 21 years old.
People can place sports bets online and in-person at the following locations:
- Hollywood Casino Charles Town
- The Mountaineer Hotel and Casino
- Mardi Gras Casino
- Wheeling Island Hotel
- The Greenbrier Resort
You have to be at least 21 to make a wager.
Only one New Mexico casino offers sports betting: the Santa Ana Star. Gamblers must be 21 or older.
Five Pennsylvania casinos offer sports wagering, with more expected this year:
- Hollywood Casino Penn National
- SugarHouse Casino
- Rivers Casino
- Parx Casino
- South Philadelphia Turf Club
You must be 21 or older ot bet.
If you're at least 18 years old, you can make a sports wager at one of thse two places:
- Twin River Casino
- Tiverton Casino Hotel
Where will you be able to bet on Super Bowl 2020?
The American Gaming Association tracks sports betting legislation across the country. According to the industry group, Oregon, Arkansas and Washington D.C. have passed legislation or ballot questions authorizing sports betting, but wagering isn't operational yet.
Fourteen states have have bills working their way through their legislatures. In 10 states, sports betting bills could come in 2019, while 18 states have no active sports betting legislation and no signs of legislation on the horizon.
Should you bet?
You're a person reading an article on an insurance website, so you don't need reminding that gambling on football is not a responsible use of money. But it can be harmless as long as you're not betting more than you can afford to lose.
Instead, use that money for a fun activity, like going to the movies or going out for drinks, suggests the Responsible Gaming Council, a non-profit dedicated to preventing problem gambling.
You've heard it before: The house always wins. Gambling isn't a way to make money, at least not for the bettors. It's a great way for casinos and betting websites to make money because most people lose when they gamble. So if you're short on rent or want extra cash for a vacation, predicting who will win the Super Bowl is not the solution.
If you do win, feel free to blow the money on something silly. If not, read up on some more tame, but also more prudent ways to spend bonus money.
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