(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)– The Big Game may not have been much to look at but Nevada sports books are reveling in it’s beauty. Sports fans bet a record $119.4 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl.
The Gaming Control Board says unaudited tallies show sports books made $19.7 million on the action. The Denver Broncos started out as a 2.5-point favorite but the Seattle Seahawks won 43-8.
Oddsmakers say Peyton Manning fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and Northern Nevada with wagers on the favored team and its veteran quarterback, who was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2013 season the day before the game. Many believed Manning was primed for a big game after his record-setting year.
The previous Nevada record was set last year, when gamblers wagered $98.9 million. The state’s 183 sportsbooks won just over 16% of this year’s massive handle yielding nearly 20 million dollars profit, also a record.
For those who can’t wait to get back in, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are early favorites to win next year’s title game at 5 to 1 each.