Vegas Betting On The Big Game
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The Super Bowl means big business for Las Vegas, and sports books all over town are buzzing over this year’s Big Game between the Packers and the Steelers. While this year’s total handle on the game isn’t expected to reach the record $94.5 million bet on Super Bowl XL five years ago, all of the books KXNT talked to are optimistic about the Super Bowl XLV matchup between two franchises with championship tradition and large national followings. KXNT’s Corey Olson has been getting the lowdown on this year’s game from some of the top oddsmakers in town.
Las Vegas Hilton
At the Hilton, Race and Sports Book Director Jay Kornegay and Co. were first out of the box with their proposition bets this year, some 300 in all. Kornegay says they plan to add more props leading up to game time. He tells KXNT that “prop bets” really took hold back in the early 90s, when Vegas sports books sought a way to generate more action and interest in the Big Game after a string of Super Bowl blowouts.
As the largest locals gaming company in town, Station is making their sports books friendly to neighborhood and novice bettors, offering items like dollar hot dogs and cheap drink specials for the game. But Station Race and Sports Director Jason McCormick says their opulent properties like Red Rock Casino and Aliante Resort are still attracting high-end and tourist action. Among Station’s prop bets, one pitting current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers against the Super Bowl performance of former Packers QB Brett Favre. Click below to hear more from Station Race and Sports Director Jason McCormick.
Not to be outdone by Stations, Boyd Gaming also has a huge offering of food and drink specials, parties and unique prop bets for the locals crowd. Boyd includes properties such as the Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast and Sams Town. Among their wildest prop bets: a “hair vs. hair” matchup between long-haired players Clay Matthews of the Packers and Troy Polamalu of the Steelers; and another based on the most “Scrabble” points in the last name of the player that scores the first touchdown (hint: think Q and Z.) Click below to hear more from Boyd Gaming Race and Sports Director Bob Scucci.
Wynn/Encore Las Vegas
Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello and his staff have several pages of prop bets that keep on growing. One of their unique offerings is a bet on the over/under of the average player jersey number for all touchdowns scored in the game. Another sets the over/under of total combined yardage in the game. Avello says he doesn’t expect the line to move much before kickoff (it has been Green Bay -2.5 for several days), but he wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers moved up to a 3-point favorite. Click below to hear more from Johnny Avello.