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Prepping for this Sunday's  Big Game?  Beer? Check.  Chips? Check.  Check? Check!I  Check, as in place the bet and write the check - along with more than 22 million of your fellow Americans who plan to bet on the game.

The Daily Mail  reports that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) last year, which basically gave all states the right to legalize sports gambling.  The following states join Nevada with legalized gambling:

  • Delaware. ...
  • New Jersey. ...
  • Mississippi. ...
  • West Virginia. ...
  • New Mexico. ...
  • Pennsylvania. ...
  • Rhode Island.

The number are build-the-wall-huge with 6 Billion expected to be wagered.  1.8 million plan to bet illegally (through a bookie, and this number does not include millions that will be bet through offshore, online sports books.)

So who is the so-called "smart-money" on?  At this point, 52 percent said they will bet on the Rams, while 48 percent said they will bet on the Patriots.

It may sound exciting and complicated and it can be and it can prove expensive too. However, IF you have some money you can afford to lose you may want to check out some of the betting ideas found on thelines.com.

 

How to bet on the Super Bowl

Point SpreadBetting against the spread is the most common way to bet an NFL game. Sportsbooks set a line and you can either take the favorite laying the points, or the underdog receiving them.

If you take the Patriots -2.5, they must win by 3 points or more for your bet to win.

MoneylineAnother popular way to bet a football game is to take the moneyline. Similar to betting the spread, you pick one of the teams to win the game. However this time there are no points involved.

Totals (over/under)If picking a side isn’t necessarily your thing, you could always opt to bet on one of the game’s totals. The most common total to take would be the game’s over/under.  The Super Bowl’s total is set at 56.5 as of Monday morning. If there are 57 or more combined points scored in the game, over bettors would win.

There's plenty more information at thelines.com website.  Good Luck. Enjoy the game.

Go Patriots!