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Gary Trask

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Top 10 betting stats from Super Bowl 50

8 Feb 2016

By Gary Trask
As predicted here two weeks ago by veteran bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, Super Bowl 50 was indeed "historic."

The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced late Monday that the $132,545,587 wagered on Sunday's Broncos-Panthers game at Nevada's 194 sports books smashed the previous record of $119,400,822, set two years ago when Seattle thumped Denver, 43-8. In addition, the bookmakers made a profit on Super Bowl Sunday for the 24th time in the 26 years the board has been keeping records. The $13.31 million won by Nevada sports books on Super Bowl 50 is the third most, just behind the $15.43 million won in 2005 and about six million short of the all-time record of $19.67 million set in that same Seahawks blowout over Denver in 2014. This, of course, doesn't come as much of a surprise. In addition to Vaccaro's prognosis from a few weeks ago, multiple sports book directors reported huge volume from Sunday's game, including offshore at BetOnline Sports and at Golden Nugget – Las Vegas. BetOnline Sports Brand Manager Dave Mason said that Sunday's game was "the biggest bet game in history of" while the Nugget's Director of Race and Sports Tony Miller said, "I've booked a lot of Super Bowls in my life, but this one is the mother of all of them. Nonstop action and lines off the chart." It's too soon to say what these staggering numbers mean for the future of the sports-betting industry, but it's safe to say that the popularity of betting on sports is at an all-time high. With that in mind, here are 10 more post-Super Bowl 50 betting numbers to chew on, as the industry goes into a bit of a lull before bracing for March Madness. 10. 12-to-1 That's the odds you could have got on the Broncos to win the Super Bowl at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino before the final week of regular season games. That number dropped to 5-to-1 once the playoffs were set and the Broncos clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC. 9. 15-to-1 The odds you could get right now at William Hill Sportsbook & Racebook on the Broncos to win next year's Super Bowl. Apparently, the oddsmakers are not bullish on the Broncos repeating, as eight other teams are listed ahead of them, including the favorite, Carolina at 7-to-1, followed by New England (8-to-1), Seattle (10-to-1), Pittsburgh (10-to-1), Green Bay (10-to-1), Arizona (10-to-1), Kansas City (15-to-1) and Cincinnati (15-to-1). 8. 30-to-1 The price you could have bet the Carolina Panthers to win the NFC Championship at the Westgate before Week 1 of the regular season. As the Panthers piled up victories, this number plummeted with each week, dropping to as low as +175 before the playoffs began. 7. 2:09 (or 2:23.5) There was a bit of a controversy on judging the result of the length of the National Anthem prop bet, thanks to some shenanigans by Lady Gaga, who extended her time on the stage by adding in an extra "brave" at the end of the song. skip to 2:28 to see the ending So, whether you cashed a ticket on this prop all depended on where you bet it. The prevailing over/under was 2 minutes, 20 seconds. Bovada Sportsbook ruled it as an under, coming in at 2:09, since they judged it from the first note to the completion of the first "brave." Meanwhile at BetOnline Sports, the over was the winner since it used the entire song, including the extra "brave," with Lady Gaga was clocked at 2:23.5, prompting Mason to congratulate one fairly aggressive bettor:

6. 26-24 That's the tails vs. heads tally on Super Bowl coin tosses. That's right: In 50 Super Bowls there have been 26 tails and 24 heads, explicit proof as to why betting this prop is a true "coin flip." Speaking of the coin toss, the NFC has now won 17 of the last 19 at the Super Bowl. 5. 85% to 60% Back on Championship Sunday, most books opened Carolina as a 3.5 favorite in Super Bowl 50, but rapidly had to hike the line due to massive amounts bet on the Panthers. On Jan. 29, William Hill reported that 85% of the tickets bet on the game were on Carolina, resulting in the line going to as high as six points. But on Saturday and Sunday the Denver money started to matriculate, and at kickoff William Hill wasn't quite so lopsided, with just 60% of the action on the Panthers. 4. 40-19.5 The cross-sport prop bets are increasing in popularity every year, and one of the more lopsided ones was the number of points scored by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant against the Warriors on Saturday night (-6.5) vs. Peyton Manning's completions. This bet was pretty much decided before the Super Bowl even kicked off after Durant poured in 40 points, meaning Manning would have needed 34 completions to cash. Of course, he fell far short of that, connecting on just 13 passes, for a final tally of 40-19.5. 3. 96% The percentage of tickets at William Hill Sportsbook that were on the "Yes" for the Super Bowl prop bet "Will there be a successful two-point conversion?" The "No" was -350 and the "Yes" paid +290, which explains why there were loud screams of joy last night at sportsbooks when Manning hit Bennie Fowler to convert the lone two-point try in the game with 3:08 remaining. Casino City's Aaron Todd was one of the many bettors celebrating, since he used it as one of his top 10 Super Bowl prop bets and found even better odds of +330 at the Westgate. 2. 25-to-1 This was the first year Las Vegas sportsbooks were allowed to post odds on the Super Bowl MVP, and it turned out costing them. Denver linebacker Von Miller, who collected the award following a six-tackle, 2.5-sack performance, opened at 25-to-1 at some books and received significant action — so much so that he was bet all the way down to 12-to-1 at Bovada Sports, but there were also plenty of outlets at 20-to-1 just before kickoff. 1. 4 and 6 Let this be a lesson to serious sports bettors: You need to shop lines and have more than one "out" if you want to make money in the long term. Case in point was the discrepancy on the Super Bowl point spread on Sunday morning, according to If you liked Carolina, the line was as low as -4 (-116) offshore at BetCRIS Sportsbook, and if you liked Denver you could have grabbed as high as +6 at Bovada Sports. Of course, in the end, it didn't matter on Sunday. as the Denver cover was never in doubt. But over time, being savvy enough to find the best number on games will pay huge dividends, especially on key numbers.
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