Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sports Books Squeak Out Super Bowl Win

Like a last-minute field goal to win the game, Nevada sports books just squeaked out a victory over bettors on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to the Gaming Control Board, the statewide win was $724,176 based on more than $87 million in bets placed ahead of the Packers-Steelers game.

It was a much lower total than the $6.9 million won after the Saints beat the Colts in 2010.

Nevada sports books haven’t lost a Super Bowl since the Giants upset the Patriots, 17-14, in 2008. More than $92 million was bet on the game, and sports books lost $2.6 million.

Over the last 10 Super Bowls, the most money ever bet was in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million on the Steelers and Seahawks.