Tack on another record to Super Bowl 52.
In addition to setting a handful of all-time highs on the field, the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night brought record betting handle in Nevada. Bettors wagered a total of $158.58 million throughout the state’s 198 sports books, according to a press release from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
That’s $20.1 million more than last year’s Super Bowl, which held the previous record. A new high has now been set in four of the last five years.
Bookmakers won’t remember the Eagles’ win as fondly, though. The sports books collectively made only $1.17 million on this year's Super Bowl for a hold of .7 percent.
That’s the lowest hold percentage on a Super Bowl win for casinos since 1996, when they held .6 percent on the Denver Broncos’ 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers. Sports books have only suffered a loss on the Super Bowl twice in 29 years, since the gaming commission began tracking the numbers.
The Eagles winning a high-scoring game was the worst-case scenario for the majority of books, with bettors loading up on the underdogs to win outright on the money line as well as the “over” 48 points.