Millions Of Americans Plan To Bet On Tokyo Summer Olympics

Millions Of Americans Plan To Bet On Tokyo Summer Olympics
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The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics will be a sports betting bonanza as 20.1 million Americans plan to wager, according to the American Gaming Association’s first-ever survey on Olympics betting expectations released Tuesday.

The poll was conducted on behalf of the AGA by Morning Consult between July 9-12 among a sample of 2,200 adults.

Interviews were conducted online and the data was weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on gender, educational attainment, age, race, and region.

Results from the full survey have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

During the most recent Olympics, the Winter Games of 2018, legal sports betting was only allowed and available in Nevada. Three years later, sports betting is legal and live in 21 states and Washington, D.C. More than 100 million Americans have access to legal sports betting platforms and brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

Basketball and soccer are the most popular events among Americans to bet on, while traditional Olympic sports will also see heavy interest.

Other highlights of the poll include:

  • 54% of American adults say they are interested in the Summer Olympics, with 25% saying they plan to wager on the event
  • 45% will bet on basketball, 34% soccer, 28% gymnastics, 27% track & field and swimming
  • 47% will bet casually with friends, 43% will place a wager online, 16% will place a bet at a retail sportsbook and 13% will place a bet with a bookie

The Tokyo Games officially begin Friday and run through Aug. 8.

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