Sports books end up with small Super Bowl win

Tue, Feb 8
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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.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireThe Nevada sports books weren't exactly giddy with this sight.

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 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.

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.

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