Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Biggest Super Bowl LIII bets

In the American sports betting world, nothing is bigger than the Super Bowl.

Over the next two weeks leading up to the Feb. 3 kickoff between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, more money will be bet on Super Bowl LIII than any other single game in American sports.

Hundreds of millions of dollars will change hands, with bets on everything from the coin flip to the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach.

We’ll chronicle it all in this file updating the biggest Super Bowl bets from around the country.

Current Super Bowl odds (at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook):

Patriots -2.5
Total: 56.5

Biggest Super Bowl bets

This week

• A handful of sportsbooks moved the Super Bowl point spread to New England -3 over the weekend.

William Hill U.S., which operates sportsbooks in Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, bumped the line up from Patriots -2.5 to -3 Friday night, with -110 vig. William Hill director of trading Nick Bogdanovich told ESPN that the move was not caused by big bet, rather “steady Patriots money.” Bogdanovich said Sunday that the book had yet to accept a six-figure wager on the Super Bowl.

By Monday morning, William Hill had kept the line at New England -3, but adjusted the vig, charging -120 to bet the Rams.

The Super Bowl line remained at New England -2.5 at most books on Monday morning.

• Station Casinos reported on Sunday having taken several “significant five-figure bets, mostly on the Patriots.”

• At DraftKings New Jersey sportsbook, 86 percent of the money bet on the point spread and money line was on the Patriots. Bettors also were siding heavily with the over on 56.5 points.

• Per usual, the betting public is gravitating toward the props with longer odds. As of Sunday afternoon at Caesars Palace, 91 percent of the bets on “Will there be a safety?” was on the “Yes.” The “Yes” opened at +600.

• As of Sunday afternoon, 71.2 percent of the money wagered on the Super Bowl coin flip at Caesars Palace books was on heads.

Last week

• MGM took a “truckload” of New England money on Sunday night, including a $115,000 wager on Patriots -1.5 (-110) and a $110,000 bet at Patriots -1 (-110).

• William Hill US took a $63,750 wager on Patriots -2 (-110) on Sunday night. It would net $57,954.55.

• As of Wednesday morning, 94 percent of the money that has been wagered on the Super Bowl point spread at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology was on the Patriots. The largest bets to this point were in the five-figure range, “all of which are on the Patriots,” CG Technology vice president of risk Jason Simbal told ESPN.

• As of Thursday afternoon, over 86 percent of the Super Bowl spread money at William Hill US books was on the Patriots, along with 79 percent of the tickets.

• The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released 442 prop bets on Thursday night and in three hours of wagering took in over $400,000 of bets. The limit on wagers was $2,000.

• The sportsbook at South Point Casino in Las Vegas on Friday reported taking a $28,000 parlay on the Rams money-line +120 and over 57 for a potential net win of $89,600.

Biggest futures bets


• $50,000 on the Rams at 7-2 for a net win of $175,000 at Westgate Las Vegas.

• $30,000 on the Rams at 3-1 for a net win of $90,000 at MGM.

• $5,000 on the Rams at 9-1 for a net win of $45,000 at CG Technology.


• $15,000 on the Patriots at 5-1 for a net win of $75,000 at CG Technology.

• $10,000 on the Patriots at 7-1 for a net win of $70,000 at CG Technology.

Super Bowl betting by the numbers

2: The number of Super Bowls that Nevada sportsbooks have suffered net losses on since state gaming control began tracking the betting action on the NFL championship in 1991. The books lost $396,674 on Super Bowl XXIX (Chargers-49ers) and $2.5 million on Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots).

$2.4 billion: The amount bet on the Super Bowl at Nevada’s regulated sportsbooks since 1991.

-$173,525,334: The net loss on the Super Bowl for bettors at Nevada’s regulated sportsbooks since 1991.

25-25-2: Super Bowl favorites’ record against the spread (according to ESPN Stats & Information’s point-spread database; note that because spreads vary by sportsbook, the overall record may vary as well).

26: The number of Super Bowls that have gone over the total. There have been 24 unders and one push. (No recorded over/under total on Super Bowl I).

7: The number of states, in addition to Nevada, with legal sportsbooks that will be taking bets on the Super Bowl: Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia.

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