How Much Money Is Bet On The Super Bowl - Anyone Care To Know?

So how much money is bet on the Super Bowl, anyone care to guess? What about this year's Super Bowl, now what would that have been worth to the sportsbooks, but wasn't it a bit of an upset? How would that have affected things for all concerned?

According to reports coming out of Nevada the answer to how much money is bet on the Super Bowl particularly the most recent one between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, was $116 million in total wagers. However the figure itself only tells part of the story, not the real story hidden underneath all them dollar bills.

With all to play for, Russell Wilson turned the final completely on its head by throwing a costly interception denying the Seattle Seahawks, a second consecutive Super Bowl win. Alas, it was not to be. This expensive little error meant a swing of several million dollars in the favor of the bookies as Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson's pass in the final minute of the game. But what would have happened had Seattle won the game as many expected?

Jay Rood, sportsbook director of MGM Resorts said "It would have been astronomical. Everyone in the state, I think, would have had a big win, A yard and a half and the state probably has the best Super Bowl ever."

The final drive by the Seahawks of Super Bowl XLIX expired at the one yard line in a memorable and dramatic conclusion to the game. Be it in retrospect or not, it really does seem obvious that they should have just kept running the ball. Even oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro from South Point echoed what the majority were thinking, what a horrendous play call, he said.

Last year when Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos were slaughtered by the Seahawks 43-8, a 16.5 win percentage was recorded. Sports book director of Westgate Las Vegas, Jay Kornegay said, although shocked by the play call, he was not stunned to see this year's handle on the game come up just short of the record.

He went on to say, "It didn't really surprise me to see the handle down a little bit, but $115.9 million is not too shabby because it's the second-biggest Super Bowl ever". Needless to say when the books need a little boost the props are there. They're there on hand, to help out with the numbers. This year again, they came through strong, just when it was needed with an unexpected Seahawk loss.

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