Americans to Wager Over $36 Billion on Major League Baseball This Season

Failing federal sports betting ban fuels more than $35 billion in illegal MLB bets

Infographic | 03.30.2017
Americans to Wager Over $36 Billion on Major League Baseball This Season
Americans to Wager Over $36 Billion on Major League Baseball This Season

American sports fans are poised to wager $36.5 billion on Major League Baseball (MLB) this year, according to an estimate by the American Gaming Association (AGA) released just days before opening day.

Of the $36.5 billion that will be wagered, $35.4 billion – or 97% – will be placed illegally through illicit offshore websites and sports bookies. Americans wager roughly $154 billion a year on sports illegally due to the 1992 federal prohibition on sports betting.

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