Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Nevada Sports Books Handle $87.5 Million, Win $724K In Super Bowl XLV

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sports books in Nevada hung on to win just over $724,000 from Super Bowl bets despite heavy gambling on the Green Bay Packers and lots of scoring.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that $87.5 million were wagered on the NFL's championship game in 183 sports books across the state.

Of those bets, casinos kept less than 1 percent.

Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night. The Packers were a 2 1/2-point favorite in most Las Vegas casinos, giving their supporters a win with the six-point victory.

The combined 56 points scored helped bettors who gambled that the total would go over about 45 points.

Nevada casinos won $6.9 million on $82.7 million in Super Bowl bets last year.

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