Unaudited figures showed the value of bets made in Nevada's
194 sports books easily surpassed the previous high of $119.4
million bet on the Super Bowl two years ago, the Nevada Gaming
Control Board said on Monday.
Nevada sports books kept a combined $13.3 million from Super
Bowl bets, or 10.1 percent on the action. That was more than
four times greater than the $3.2 million they kept last year and
the highest since pocketing a record $19.6 million in 2014.
Denver were a 5-1/2-point underdog to top-seeded Carolina ahead
of Sunday's game in Santa Clara, California, but used a
ferocious defense to pull out a 24-10 victory.
Every year, the NFL championship game creates a gambling frenzy
in Nevada that is considered by some to be a bellwether for the
broader U.S. economy.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Nick
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