Nevada sees record $185 million wagered on Super Bowl
The Nevada Gaming Control Board released figures Monday showing a record $185.6 million was wagered across 182 legal sports books on Super Bowl LVIII. This broke the previous record of $179.8 million when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
This was the second piece of news Monday that displayed the enormity of this year’s game; CBS Sports estimated a record 123.4 million people viewed the Super Bowl across their family of networks and streaming services, making it the most-watched program ever (last year saw 115.1 million views and was the previous record).
And while the broadcast could point to Taylor Swift as a major factor in the ratings record, NGCB senior economic analyst Michael Lawton told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the lofty betting number had several things working to its advantage, including the San Francisco 49ers being from the “No. 2 feeder market for Las Vegas,” the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs were the defending champions and the game itself being played in Las Vegas, which drew people to the city to be part of the experience.
Keep in mind, that these figures are only for bets placed in Nevada. With sports betting legal in 38 states and D.C., we should see numbers coming out over the next few days and weeks showcasing records across the country for the Super Bowl and the month of February.
New Jersey and New York seem to set a record every month for their sports betting handle. While these two are eons ahead of the rest of the country in terms of yearly intake, the rest of the top 10 states are still overseeing multiple billions of dollars in wagering.
FanDuel, for instance, said they took in 14 million Super Bowl bets, worth $307 million — a record for the company and a 40 percent increase over 2023.
When it comes to legal wagers, Super Bowl LVII was one for the record books.
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