Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vegas hopes for Record Super Bowl Wagers

An attractive Super Bowl match up of two teams with storied histories (and large traveling fan bases) could add up to record wagering on the game in Las Vegas. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will play on Sunday, February 6th.

Managers of two of the largest sports books in Las Vegas are predicting total wagers for the Super Bowl to range between 90-100 million, according to the New York Post. John Avello of Wynn is hoping for wagers to reach $100 million, while Jay Kornegay of Las Vegas Hilton is predicting a more conservative $90 million. The all time record is $94.5 million wagered, but that was in 2006 before the recession and during the heyday of Las Vegas visitation numbers.

As it stands right now, the Packers are slight favorites. Prop bets on things like the coin toss and wagers on the stats of individual players are expected to be posted this weekend.