All on the Line


Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Sporting News via Getty Images | Super Bowl XXXIV ended with the Titans a yard short and left Vegas with a giant push.

Ask the NFL suits to reveal the secret to the Super Bowl’s success, and they’ll undoubtedly tell you (on the record) that it has everything to do with America’s passion for the great sport of football. Off the record? They’d probably still stick to that script. But put them on a witness stand and ask them to raise one hand, put the other on a Bible and tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and the testimony would go something like this: “Thank the good Lord for gambling, and God bless the great state of Nevada for legalizing it!”

Last year, the Giants-Patriots Super Bowl matchup attracted nearly $94 million in legal wagers in Nevada (and countless millions in illegal wagers worldwide), and predictions call for a similar handle for Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and Ravens on Feb. 3 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The action will last from before the opening whistle (Will the coin toss land heads or tails?) until the confetti starts falling from the rafters—and it will contribute greatly to another monster TV rating.

To celebrate the “Big Game”—and, more specifically, Nevada’s big role in it—we’ve got all your wagering angles covered, from key betting trends to the seven Super Bowls that made bettors’ hearts skip a beat.

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