Packed Las Vegas Sports-Books Set Record
SUPER-BOWL HANDLE RECORDS
2018: $158.6 MILLION
2021: $136.1 MILLION
2022: $179.8 MILLION
The state’s 179 books took $179.8 million in wagers in Super Bowl LVI, obliterating last year’s handle of $136.1 million and soaring past the previous record of $158.6 million set in 2018 in Philadelphia’s 41-33 upset win over New England.
The books won $15.4 million on Sunday’s game for a hold (or win) percentage of 8.6.
Red Rock Resort sportsbook director Chuck Esposito said a confluence of factors contributed to the surge in handle, or amount of money wagered. “Overall, I think the general acceptance of sports wagering is a big part of it,” he said. “The increased volume on both in-play (betting) and props; the continued growth of mobile; the restrictions on masks lifted; the 100 percent occupancy compared to 50 percent last year; and the willingness industry-wide to take higher limits.”
Nevada set records for Super Bowl handle in three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018. But last year’s handle, which was intercepted by COVID-19, was the lowest since 2016.
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