Sports books in Nevada won just over $724,000 from Super Bowl bets despite heavy gambling on the Green Bay Packers and lots of scoring, Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board said $87.5 million were wagered on the NFL's championship game in 183 sports books across the state.
Of those bets, casinos kept less than 1 percent.
Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night. The Packers were a 2 1/2-point favorite in most Las Vegas casinos, giving their supporters a win with the six-point victory. The combined 56 points scored helped bettors who gambled that the total would go over about 45 points.
Mike Lawton, a research analyst with the control board, said that while some casinos won, others had moderate losses.
"There wasn't anyone that lost anything mind-blowing," he said. "I think we were really worried about it being a loss — it could have been worse."
Gamblers wagered 5.5 percent more this year than last year, when Nevada casinos won $6.9 million on $82.7 million in Super Bowl bets as New Orleans beat Indianapolis, 31-17.
Casinos have lost once only once on the Super Bowl in the last 10 years, in 2008 when bettors gambled $92 million and casinos lost $2.57 million as the New York Giants beat New England, 17-14.
This year was the slimmest winning Super Bowl for casinos since 1998, when books won $472,000 on $77.2 million in wagers. The Denver Broncos beat Green Bay in that game, 31-24.
SUMMARY NEVADA SPORTS BOOK PERFORMANCE FOR LAST TEN SUPER BOWLS
|WIN/(LOSS)||WIN %||GAME RESULTS|
|2011||$87,491,098||$724,176||0.83%||Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25|
|2010||$82,726,367||$6,857,101||8.30%||New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17|
|2009||$81,514,748||$6,678,044||8.20%||Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23|
|2008||$92,055,833||($2,573,103)||-2.80%||N.Y. Giants 17, New England 14|
|2007||$93,067,358||$12,930,175||13.90%||Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17|
|2006||$94,534,372||$8,828,431||9.30%||Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10|
|2005||$90,759,236||$15,430,138||17.00%||New England 24, Philadelphia 21|
|2004||$81,242,191||$12,440,698||15.30%||New England 32, Carolina 29|
|2003||$71,693,032||$5,264,963||7.30%||Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21|
|2002||$71,513,304||$2,331,607||3.30%||New England 20, St. Louis 17|
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