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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: A detailed view of the NFL logo on the field during the NFL game between Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The NFL season officially kicks off Thursday, and while a lot of folks will be upset if their team loses, it seems even more will be pretty broke. According to a new study by the American Gaming Association, more than 45.2 million Americans, or 18% of the U.S. adult population, will be placing bets on NFL games this season.

As for where they’ll be making those bets:

  • 21.7 million Americans will place casual bets with friends, an increase of 31% from last year.
  • 19.5 mil will do their betting online, either legally or illegally, an increase of 73% from last year.
  • 14.6 mil will take part in paid fantasy contests or other pool competitions.
  • 10.5 mil will place their bets at a legal sports book.
  • 6.7% million will go to a bookie to place their bets.
  • Overall, 37% of NFL fans plan to place a wager this season.
  • That number goes up to 47% for self-described avid NFL fans.
  • 25% of NFL fans are more excited for this season, as compared to previous seasons.

So, with all this betting going on, who do folks think will win it all this year?

  • When asked who they’d place a bet on to win the Super Bowl this year the Kansas City Chiefs were the top choice (15%), followed by:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11%)
  • Dallas Cowboys (7%)

I really can’t for the day to bet on games here in NC!

Source: American Gaming Association