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.