Mystery bettor, Eagles' backers take financial toll on Nevada books
February 07, 2018 9:02 AM
by Robert Mann
A deep-pocketed mystery bettor and numerous Philadelphia Eagles’ backers apparently took a financial toll on Nevada bookmakers during Super Bowl LII with some betting outlets reported six and seven-figure losses on the game.
Gamblers wagered a record $158.6 million on the big game at Nevada's 198 sports books, over $20.1 million more than in 2017. But the unaudited tallies released Monday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board revealed sports books made a profit of roughly $1.2 million on the action, around $9.8 million less than in 2017 and no where near the $19.7 they won in 2014.
Industry observers note that although the overall win on the game was less that one percent and somewhat “microscopic”, the Super Bowl continues to drive ancillary profit centers at Nevada casino/resorts such as room occupancy, table games, slots and restaurants.