Super Bowl 51 finished up Sunday night with the Atlanta Falcons suffering a major defeat by the New England Patriots after having dominated the majority of the NFL game. Punters were out in full force for this year’s event as the Nevada Gaming Control Board is reporting record numbers in regards to wagers placed on the Super Bowl.
There are 196 sportsbooks located in the state, all of which offered odds on the 51st edition of the Super Bowl. According to A.G. Burnett, the Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the unaudited figures show a win for sportsbooks in the state of $10,937,826. Just over $138,000,000 was spent on wagers in the state when it came to the big game.
The amount wagered was a record for the state and shows just how much gamblers want to be able to enjoy sports betting in the United States. This year, the favorite was the New England Patriots by three points with the team ending up earning the win with a touchdown in the first ever overtime to take place in a Super Bowl game. The final score was 34-28.
The past four Super Bowls have seen an increase in money spent on wagers for the teams competing. The 2017 totals coming in at $138,480,136 is quite a bit more than the $132,545,587 spent in 2016 when Denver defeated Carolina 24 to 10. 2016 had been a record year in total wagers as 2015 saw only $115,986,086 in bets placed.
If sports betting were allowed across the nation, it would mean big business and revenues for the United States. According to a recent report by the American Gaming Association, as much as $4.7 billion was wagered nationally on the game with most wagers placed being illegal. Many proponents of sports betting, including the AGA, feel that now is the time to allow sports betting on a federal level.