LAS VEGAS -- 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, Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board said $87.5 million was wagered on the NFL's championship game in 183 sports books across the state.
Of those bets, casinos kept less than 1 percent.
"I can't say I've got a cheesehead in my office right now," said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night. The Packers were a 2½-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.
Mike Lawton, a research analyst with the control board, said that while some casinos won, others had moderate losses.
"There wasn't anyone that lost anything mind-blowing," he said. "I think we were really worried about it being a loss -- it could have been worse."
Gamblers wagered 5.5 percent more this year than last year, when Nevada casinos won $6.9 million on $82.7 million in Super Bowl bets as New Orleans beat Indianapolis, 31-17.