MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WNEM) – Super Bowl Sunday is the final end to football season and the highest volume of sports betting for the entire year.
Michigan is the eighth highest state when it comes to revenue, generating over $1 billion and contributing to the country’s $25 billion so far in gross sports betting revenue, according to the Legal Sports report.
“Football in Michigan is huge, we love our football,” Kristina Griffus, Director of iGaming at Soaring Eagle Casino, said.
She said if you don’t realize how much of a profit online sports betting is responsible for, just look at the numbers.
“The total gross receipts were about $400 million, just under $400, like $399 million. Football season, September through December, generated like $183 million of that,” Griffus said.
In the casino’s Ascend Lounge, players can visit the sports betting window for face-to-face time when placing bets or cashing out their winnings.
“Everybody follows the same regulations and rules when it comes to what’s allowed and what’s not allowed. As far as maintain the odds and making sure the odds are in line with what other operators have, that’s actually a 24/7 job that we have sports traders who will keep an eye on those lines and make adjustments when needed,” Griffus added.
This weekend, Griffus expects the most bets to be placed on the point spread, money line and parlays.
“Two events or more on any given event that’s going to happen within the game, or the result of the game. For example, my favorite is to just prop bets on the players, so whether a certain player is going to make so many yards of catching or passing yards, how many touchdowns a player will make,” she explained.
While sports betting can be fun, the Michigan Gaming Control Board wants to make sure you do it responsibly.
“Gambling should be considered entertainment. So, if you’re spending $25 on a movie, for example, you’re not going to spend $25 that you should have spent on groceries to go to a movie. It’s the same concept for gambling,” Griffus added.
There are positive predictions for the Detroit Lions next season and the NFL Draft set for April in Detroit, Griffus said they’re only expecting a continual rise in online sports betting.
“I do think that as long as they’re playing so well, we’re going to see an increase in gambling and betting on the Lions,” Griffus added.
Check here for safe sports betting and gambling tips from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
You can watch Super Bowl 58 on WNEMTV5 Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. It’s an epic rematch between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49′ers.
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