NEVADA CASINOS UP $6.9 MILL ON SUPERBOWL BETS
12 February 2010
Nevada bettors placed $82.7 million on
Official numbers from the Nevada Gaming Control Board
show that Nevada casinos won almost $6.9 million on this
year's Super Bowl as bettors wagered $82.7 million on
the NFL classic.
Bookies in the gambling mecca
were up $179 000 on amounts won on sports bets over the
same period last year on $1.21 million more in bets.
Underdogs New Orleans Saints beat the favoured
Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in the Sunday game.
Speaking to Associated Press, Jay Kornegay, executive
director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas
Hilton, said results were hurt by bad weather in the
northeastern United States, which prevented some
gamblers from making planned trips to bet on the game in
But he said the bets taken on the game
were indicative of today's struggles for casinos in Las
Vegas. "We thought the Super Bowl was a great measuring
stick of the economy and we think the economy is just a
little better than what it was last year," Kornegay
Kornegay said his sports book accepted 14
percent more wagers than it did last year, but average
bets were lower.
Nevada's biggest Super Bowl win
in the last 10 years was in 2005, when the New England
Patriots topped the Philadelphia Eagles and casinos won
$15.4 million. Bettors wagered the most in 2006, when
$94.5 million was bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers victory
over the Seattle Seahawks.
Nevada casinos lost
almost $2.6 million in 2008, when the New York Giants
beat the favored Patriots.
Kornegay said the
Hilton lost money on the game in part because it lost
money on normally lucrative proposition wagers. Casinos
usually profit by offering long odds on unusual
circumstances players like to bet on - a successful
2-point conversion, for example.
"A lot of things
happened in this game that normally don't happen,"
Kornegay said. "Those are all props that normally go the