The senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board, Michael Lawton, tells Covers, “Our channel checks throughout the week had indicated that the public was betting on Denver almost 2-to-1. That being said, when the Seahawks won outright, the books had a solid day to say the least.”
Veteran oddsmaker of the South Point sportsbook, Jimmy Vaccaro, tells covers, “I didn’t think it would get this high, so I’m a little suprised. But, I’ve never seen that many people inside the sportsbook at once. We didn’t get the record because some guy bet $20 million on the game. It was just that everyone was betting it.”
Around Nevada, many oddsmakers were certain that the $100 million mark would be topped by the Super Bowl handle. Setting the total at $102 million, over/under wagering on Nevada’s Super Bowl handle was opened by some online bookmakers. The bookmakers’ expectations and the previous year’s $98.9 million bet on the Super Bowl XLVIII were shattered by this $119.4 handle.
“To those people who hold (sports betting) back in other places, you can’t ignore it now. People like it. People want to be part of it.” Vaccaro goes on to say that the states wanting to legalize sports betting should note these record numbers because the sports betting interest is at an all-time peak.
Vaccaro laughs saying, “We need some grassroots person to start picketing Mr. Goodell’s office (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell), and say ‘Let’s make this Super Bowl thing a best two out of three.”
6% of the $1.6 billion total handle on the football betting (NCAAF and NFL) in 2013 was made by last year’s Super Bowl. 2013 was also a record year for the Nevada sportsbooks. Earning $202,837,871 on a hold of 5.6%, the Silver State took in more than $3.62 billion.
Since 1992, the Super Bowl numbers have been tracked by the Nevada State Gaming Control Board.
Listed below are the Super Bowl numbers since 2005:
(Win/Loss, Win %, Game Year, Wagers Results)
- 2005 $90,759,236 $15,430,138 17.0% New England 24, Philadelphia 21
- 2006 $94,534,372 $ 8,828,431 9.3% Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10
- 2007 $93,067,358 $12,930,175 13.9% Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
- 2008 $92,055,833 $(2,573,103) -2.8% N.Y. Giants 17, New England 14
- 2009 $81,514,748 $ 6,678,044 8.2% Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
- 2010 $82,726,367 $ 6,857,101 8.3% New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17
- 2011 $87,491,098 $ 724,176 0.8% Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25
- 2012 $93,899,840 $ 5,064,470 5.4% N.Y. Giants 21, New England 17
- 2013 $98,936,798 $7,206,460 7.3% Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31
- 2014 $119,400,822 $19,673,960 16.5% Seattle 43, Denver 8
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