Bookies take Super Bowl hit

February 06, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9), gestures after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, against the New England Patriots during the first half of their NFL Super Bowl 52 football game on Sunday.


Lady luck was most certainly not the side of Las Vegas sports books during the Super Bowl as some reported six- and seven-figure losses.

The losses reported yesterday were in part due to a mystery man placing big bets and the many records set during the game, which allowed gamblers to cash in on proposition bets.

Unaudited tallies released yesterday by the state's gambling regulators show people wagered a record $158.6 million on the big game at Nevada's 198 sports books. That's about $20.1 million more than in 2017.

But the data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board show sports books made a profit of only about $1.2 million on the action, around $9.8 million less than in 2017, and not even close to the $19.7 they cleared in 2014.

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