Super Bowl LI Sets Wagering Record of $138.5 Million in Nevada
The ongoing debate over legalizing of sport betting in the U.S. has taken a turn in the last few years. We have reported extensively on the likes of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s turnaround on the issue as he joins more pragmatic voices who believe that the legal route is inevitable.
This year’s Super Bowl brought the debate up again as a record $138.5 million was wagered in Nevada. The states’ 196 sports books took in a record $138.5 million on the greatest comeback game in history. These figures were released by the Nevada Gaming Board on Monday. The books won $10.9 million for a hold percentage of 7.9 percent.
This year’s record beat the last years $132.5 million wagered and represents the fourth consecutive year where the state’s handle exceeded $100 million. Quarterback Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record of 466 passing yards which say the Patriots come back from a 28-3 second half deficit to win the game by 34-28 in a game that was a first tin Super Bowl history to be decided in overtime.
There were some major bets taken that included one bettor using his phone app to make a $1.1 million wager on the Falcons at CG technology. MGM Resort also took a $450,00 bet on the patriots and a $470,000 money-line wager on the Falcons.