Canzano: Did authorized sports activities wagering alter how Oregonians watched the Tremendous Bowl?


A devoted reader wrote to inform me he was particularly happy with how the Tremendous Bowl went on Sunday. He was pulling for Cincinnati, thoughts you. He cherished the Joe Burrow story, figured the Bengals had been overdue to lastly win a championship, and positioned a few wagers on the Bengals the sport utilizing the DraftKings app.

He wager the Bengals at +4.5 factors earlier than the sport. Then, after the Rams took an early lead on Sunday the reader doubled down utilizing the dwell in-game wagering function and acquired Cincinnati at a whopping +9.5 factors.

Last: Rams 23, Bengals 20.

The reader received each of these wagers, in fact.

Additionally, he occurred to have Rams star huge receiver Cooper Kupp to win the MVP award. Kupp caught the game-winning landing, received the {hardware} and the wager paid 6-to-1. In all, the reader — a 70-something retiree — reported that he positioned 15 modest-sized bets on the sport and received 11 of them.

His revenue: $312.

However it’s what occurred on the way in which there that I used to be most keen on. As a result of the reader admitted that he deserted conventional habits and stopped rooting for the Bengals as the sport was beginning to wind down. He’s a die-hard sports activities fan, who like plenty of Oregonians who can now wager legally on sporting occasions, and was experiencing one thing pretty new throughout this Tremendous Bowl. He figured late within the sport that he would money the 2 (+4.5 factors and +9.5 factors) wagers. So as an alternative of rooting for the Bengals to win he jumped sides and located himself centered as an alternative on what Kupp wanted to do to win the MVP award.

The reader had a query for us: “I’m questioning… if I’m alone.”

I assured him he’s not.

Not far-off in my in-box, the truth is, was a notice from Geoff in Tualatin, who remarked, “Sports activities betting makes sports activities far more attention-grabbing.” He checked in throughout the sport and occurred to wish Rams’ quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw two interceptions (received it) and for Burrow to be sacked at the very least 5 instances (received it, too).

Additionally, there was Brian, who wager $100 that each Stafford and Burrow would throw for at the very least 250 yards (acquired these) and that each groups would rating 25+ factors. He had 4.5-to-1 odds on that final half, which is why Brian was rooting within the closing seconds for the Bengals to kick a game-tying discipline aim that might have despatched the sport to extra time, tied 23-23.

As soon as there, he’d want a discipline aim by the staff that received the opening toss, adopted by a discipline aim by the opposing staff. That may have left the sport tied at 26-26 and made him a winner at the same time as the sport would have then been in sudden-death mode. I’m solely pointing this out as a result of it’s evident from my in-box and the sequence of textual content messages I acquired from associates throughout the sport that we’ve all misplaced our minds and are apparently now not rooting like conventional sports activities followers.

Not judging right here. Simply making an off-the-cuff statement. However I did notice that had the sport gone to extra time, there was cash driving on that, too. It could have paid some merry soul 9.5-to-1 only for being there.

I reached out to the Oregon Lottery on Monday to see how the Tremendous Bowl went on its finish. Just a little greater than a 12 months in the past the entity launched Scoreboard, which allowed residents within the geographical footprint of our state traces to position wagers. Just a few weeks in the past, the Oregon Lottery turned over all operations of the sports-wagering operation to DraftKings, which has been at this for lots longer and in a bunch of various states.

A spokesperson for the lottery informed me they’re nonetheless getting information from DraftKings however, “I can share with you that we had over 250,000 bets this 12 months versus 150,000 final 12 months.”

That’s a 66 p.c improve on variety of wagers, of us. A few of which will must do with the truth that the Scoreboard app felt cumbersome vs. the extra established and easy DraftKings app. I’ll share extra information when the lottery updates me, however I’m left questioning if the expansion we’re seeing right here goes to completely change how we watch video games in our state.

Extra enjoyable?

Much less conventional loyalty to groups and extra loyalty to your wagers?

Resolve for your self how a lot you preferred the way it felt.

Jay Kornegay runs the WestGate Superbook in Las Vegas. He informed me final week that 70 p.c of the tickets wagered on Sunday’s sport had been wager on Bengals. The most important wager he took within the run-up to the sport was a $150,000 wager on the Bengals +4.5 factors. The man walked in with a duffel bag and positioned the wager.

“America loves watching soccer, they love betting soccer they usually particularly like that one occasion that occurs on the finish of the 12 months,” Kornegay stated.

In Oregon, the Tremendous Bowl is our singular huge sports-wagering occasion. Our state legislature is contemplating a invoice that might carry the present ban on betting on school athletics. I’m wondering what it might imply for the NCAA Match as a result of Kornegay stated the Tremendous Bowl and March Insanity run neck-and-neck in his world, albeit with far totally different demographics.

“The Tremendous Bowl is a way more mature, older crowd,” Kornegay stated. “March Insanity? It’s a frat occasion. It’s a distinct clientele. We’ve acquired to retailer up on gentle beer, bacon and burgers.”

Appears like at the very least one devoted reader is hooked. I’ll wager (no pun supposed) that lots of you’ve seen your habits shifting, too. I’m unsure all of that is good or dangerous. Resolve for your self, and be chargeable for crying out loud. However it feels prefer it wasn’t simply the Rams or Bengals that plenty of Oregonians had been rooting for on Sunday.

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