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Nevada Sports Books Get Record $119.4 Million in Super Bowl Bets

Vince Lombardi Trophy
Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team won Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photographer: Elsa/Getty Images

Nevada’s sports books earned $19.7 million from a record $119.4 million in bets on the Seattle Seahawks’ 48-3 rout of the Denver Broncos to earn a first Super Bowl title.

The Seahawks began the Feb. 2 game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as 2 1/2-point underdogs.

Sports books won 16.5 percent, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a news release yesterday, the most since books won 17 percent in 2005, when the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. The casinos won $7.2 million, or 7.3 percent, last year as the Baltimore Ravens topped the San Francisco 49ers.

The last time the 183 sports books lost to gamblers was in 2008, when they dropped $2.6 million, or 2.8 percent of the money handled, as the New York Giants beat the Patriots.

The Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook lost money on a few so-called proposition bets, including whether there would be a safety and whether there would be a two-point conversion, according to Jeff Sherman, an assistant manager at the SuperBook.

Seattle got a safety 12 seconds into the game after a mis-timed snap went past Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s head.

“This was right up there at the top for our property as far as handle,” Sherman said in an e-mail.

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