Nevada Breaks Super Bowl Betting Record

February 17th, 2016

SHARE

Nevada Breaks Super Bowl Betting Record

An average 111.9 million viewers tuned in for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday 7th February, making it the third-largest audience in US TV history. And these numbers don't even include the millions of international fans who watched on as the Denver Broncos won 24-10 against the Carolina Panthers.

It's also since emerged that Super Bowl 50 marked a record in the US state of Nevada for the highest Super Bowl wagering sum of all time. Figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) have revealed that $132.5 million (£91.4 million) was wagered on the game. This was a 12.4% increase on the $115.98 million (£80 million) of last year, when Nevada bookmakers were surprised to see that wagering figures had dropped from 2014's $119.4 million.

It's no surprise seeing these record-breaking numbers coming out of only 1 of the 50 US states, that being Nevada, as it is one of the few places sports betting is legal in the United States and home to the most premier gambling city in the world, Las Vegas.

Broncos Upset the Favourites

The Carolina Panthers had been widely regarded as the favourites for Super Bowl 50. Quarterback Cam Newton entered the game fresh from being voted the Most Valuable Player of the NFL, the most coveted of all individual player awards. Newton secured the crown having thrown and rushed for a combined 45 touchdowns in 2015. Newton's spotless track record was thought to be enough of a threat to the defence, but events took an unexpected turn.

In the regular season, the Broncos led the league by giving up the fewest yards per game. Indeed, their defence excelled consistently throughout the season, which helped to support a struggling offence that was only able to produce 22.2 points per game before the playoffs.

As it turned out, the Broncos were able to continue depending on their strong defence. After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reigning champions in the Patriots, the Broncos were then able to prove that they had a defence capable of stopping even Newton. On the night, the NFL's Most Valuable Player was sacked seven times and turned the ball over three times.

Nevada Bookies Win Again

Newton’s subpar performance will have been a surprise for those fans who, perhaps finding themselves drawn into the hype, had chosen to back the Panthers based on his excellence up until that point.

This was the eighth straight Super Bowl win for Nevada bookmakers. The NGCB has revealed that Nevada’s bookies won by $13.31 million, making it their third-largest Super Bowl win over bettors. Nevada bookies have only actually lost two Super Bowls since the NGCB started tracking figures back in 1991. Today, the bookies hold a winning margin of $157.7 million.

Fans will need to raise their game if they are to beat the bookies in Super Bowl 51, but it won't be easy. Picking the Broncos outright again isn't a sure thing with quarterback Peyton Manning possibly set for retirement, and Newton under pressure to make a comeback.

The 2016 NFL season, which kicks of on 8th September 2016, is likely to be filled with many more dramatic moments. NFL fans can visit Coral Sports today for all the latest odds on Super Bowl 51.

Betting News Articles


Raising the Bar: UEFA’s Growth of Women’s Football
Raising the Bar: UEFA’s Growth of Women’s Football

When it comes to women’s football, the bar is now constantly being raised. Gambling.com's "Raising the Bar" takes a look at the overall growth of women’s football among UEFA-registered nations through ... Read More

LeoVegas Picks Up First Two Football Club Sponsorships
LeoVegas Picks Up First Two Football Club Sponsorships

LeoVegas is one firm that's acutely aware of how advertisement and sponsorship can help win that particular battle. That said, the sports betting and online casino outfit will become the principal spo ... Read More

Betfair, Royal Panda, Unibet Scoop Up Football Partnerships
Betfair, Royal Panda, Unibet Scoop Up Football Partnerships

There's a close link between football and betting, so of course it's no surprise that online bookmakers are keen to advertise their wares on the shirts and at the grounds of some of the world’s bigges ... Read More

US Supreme Court Set to Hear Case on NJ Sports Betting
US Supreme Court Set to Hear Case on NJ Sports Betting

The United States' highest judicial court, the Supreme Court, is set to consider reinstating a law in the state of New Jersey that legalises sports betting, so long as it is done at a physical casino ... Read More

10Bet Partners with Betradar to Offer 30,000+ Live Streams
10Bet Partners with Betradar to Offer 30,000+ Live Streams

10bet is one of the fastest-growing online bookmakers in the world and the firm is upping its game by signing a deal with Betradar, to provide sports bettors with a huge range of live sports streams v ... Read More

LeoVegas Offers Betting Markets on Live Slots Twitch Stream
LeoVegas Offers Betting Markets on Live Slots Twitch Stream

LeoVegas, one of the world's largest online casinos and bookmakers, is teaming up with budding casino game developer Big Time Gaming and popular Twitch streamer LetsGiveItASpin to deliver a first of i ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting News

BettingGuides

Country Guide