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Betting on the Super Bowl can get as weird as you want it to be | The Star

1st February, 16:09

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With legal sports betting continuing to spread in the U.S., this year's Super Bowl is likely to be among the most wagered-on championship games ever.

The gambling industry's trade association, the American Gaming Association, estimates $6.8 billion (U.S.) will be bet legally and illegally on the game. It says 26 million Americans plan to make a bet, up 15 per cent from last year. And a survey by the online bookmaker DraftKings found 78 per cent of respondents say they're more likely to watch the whole game if they have a bet on it.

While many football fans are old hands at betting on the big game, through means legal and otherwise, Sunday's game will be only the second since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting (so far, 14 offer it).

Here is a guide to betting on the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers:

A typical bet might be taking the 49ers, who are already getting one point, and teasing the spread up to eight, meaning Kansas City would now have to win by nine points. The other half of the teaser could involve lowering the total from 54.5 to 47.5, meaning both teams combined would have to score at least 48 points. The tricky part about this is both bets must win in order for your teaser to be a winner. If your team covers the eight-point spread but both teams only combine for 42 points, your bet loses.

Betting on the Super Bowl is supposed to be fun, and for most people, it is. But for others, compulsive gambling is a serious problem. For help, call 800-GAMBLER.