Plan on placing a Super Bowl bet this weekend? Make sure to bet legally and responsibly.

“In just a few days, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams will be kicking off Super Bowl LVI. The Super Bowl is one of the most popular events in the world, making it one of the most popular events to wager on,” said Ted Vogt, Director, ADG. “Whether you are participating in a sports pool or placing a bet with a legal sportsbook operator in the state, make sure to keep the game fun and legal.”

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Keep Your Super Bowl bet and Sports Pool Legal – Rules to Follow

Throughout the United States, friends, families and co-workers will often have a friendly sports pool for the Super Bowl. Sometimes known as Super Bowl Squares, these pools can be legal as long as you follow the state’s social gambling rules. According to Arizona Law [A.R.S. 13-3301(7)], social gambling requires:

• That gambling cannot be conducted as business, which means that hosts cannot receive financial benefit, unless they are participating in the game,

• Hosts pays out all pool money to the winner(s),

• Only participants can win, and

• Players compete on equal terms with each other.

A few things to be on the lookout for that indicate illegal gambling:

• Paying a fee to participate, including “suggested” or “voluntary” donations.

• A host who keeps a percentage of the pool for administering the game.

• A required minimum purchase to participate (food or beverage, etc.).

• Unequal odds.

• Underage participants (under 21 years of age).

ADG takes complaints about illegal gambling seriously. If you have a tip concerning suspected illegal gambling, please contact us at (602) 771-4263.