Superbowl Wagers Fall Short of 2014’s Records as 2015 Event Was Most Controversial to Date, Seahawks’ Pass Interception Resulted in Shift of Millions of Dollars for Bookmakers
Las Vegas Nevada football fans geared up this past weekend for the biggest game of the season to watch the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks. In one of the most bizarre and controversial Superbowls in recent history, the Seahawks essentially lost the biggest game of the year awarding the Patriots the coveted title. Sports bettors across the state wagered right at $116 million with sports books throughout the state falling a little short from last year’s record of a little over $119 million.
“It didn’t really surprise me to see the handle down a little bit, but $115.9 million is not too shabby because it’s the second-biggest Super Bowl ever.” – Westgate Las Vegas sports book director Jay Kornegay
The unaudited report was released by A.G. Burnett, Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Chairman. The total figures are not confirmed yet, but the reports thus far has put all of the licensed sportsbook’s in the state, all 191 of them, generating more than $3.26 million all together. This amount is one of the lowest figures since 2011 when Green Bay, my personal favorite, beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It would have been astronomical. Everyone in the state, I think, would have had a big win,” MGM Resorts sports book director Jay Rood said. “A yard and a half and the state probably has the best Super Bowl ever.”
Most of the sportsbooks reportedly lost money on the big game itself with them making most of their net revenues on prop wagers alone. Reports are also showing that the interception on the one yard line, or was it the one yard line or third, either way it caused a significant seven figure thump for casino sportbooks. Also, if Seattle would have caught the ball the outcome would have been totally different for this year’s figures.