Gamblers bet $179.8 million on this year’s Super Bowl. That is the highest amount wagered in any of the past 10 Super Bowls by more than $20 million. And judging from the fact that unaudited figures show that sports books won $15.4 million, a significant number of bettors were hoping the Cincinnati Bengals would upset the Los Angeles Rams. That didn’t happen — the game finished 23-20 Rams. While the total wagered was highest in a decade, total win was not. Sports books won $18.77 million in 2020 and $19.67 million in 2014. Gaming Control Board Chairman Brin Gibson said this year’s numbers resulted in a hold percentage of 8.6 percent for the sports books. He said there are 179 sports books licensed in Nevada.
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