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Nevada Sports Books take $81.5 million on Super Bowl

5/2/2009
Sports books in Nevada have took a total of $81.5 million in bets on Sunday’s Super Bowl as well as this $6.69 million was won according to state gambling regulators.

The $81.5 million bet on the game was the first time since 2004 that the total figure didn’t hit the $90 million mark when in 2004 $81.2 million was taken in wagers. The 8.2 percent that the state’s 176 sports books took however was in improvement on last year when a record $2.6 million was lost on the game.

Jay Komegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton said he was surprised by the low betting was expecting figures to at least reach £90 million. He said, “That’s a huge drop. Going into the weekend we were a little concerned. By midmorning Sunday, we were pleasantly surprised by the volume that we saw coming through the windows. Finally the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in a game ending 27-23.

Last year Nevada casinos took in $92 million when the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 to give the state’s sports books a loss on the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995 when the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

The record amount bet in Nevada sports books on the Super Bowl was £94.5 million in 2006 when the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 with casinos that year winning $8.8 million overall.

Danielle Almond
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