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How Often Does Vegas Win the Super Bowl?


16 winning years for Vegas vs. 2 for bettors
Over $10 Billion expected to be wagered this year
$12 Billion lost by players over last 18 years

Las Vegas, Nevada (January 21, 2009) – The Super Bowl is the biggest single-day sports betting event of the year. According to RJ Bell of, over $10 billion dollars is expected to be wagered on Super Bowl XLIII, by more than 200 million individuals worldwide. Less than 1% of that money will be wagered legally in Nevada.

Since 1991, Nevada has separately tracked Super Bowl betting. In those 18 years, the sportsbooks have won 16 times, with the bettors winning only twice. The bettors had their best year last year, winning a combined $2.5 million dollars on Super Bowl XLII.

2005 was the best year for Nevada sportsbooks, winning $15.4 million. Over the course of 18 years, the sportsbooks have won $100.7 million in total.

RJ Bell of said: “A conservative estimate of Super Bowl betting losses over the last 18 years would exceed $12 billion dollars worldwide.”

Super Bowl XL (Steelers/Seahawks) generated the most action, when a record $94.5 million was wagered in Nevada. This year, though the economy is tanking, expect no more than a 5% shortfall from that record.

RJ Bell of said: “Historically, sports betting is resistant to downturns in the economy. During good times, people bet because they have extra money. During bad times, they bet for profit potential and emotional escape.”

Super Bowl XLIII has a true marquee team in Pittsburgh, and a true Cinderella in Arizona. Add in the compelling story lines and Arizona’s proximity to Las Vegas, and you have the makings of a surprisingly large betting handle.

Arizona would be underdogs vs. 10 teams; read about it here:

22 Super Bowl teams have been favored by 7-points or more, 17 won the game; read about it here:

Las Vegas says the Steelers have a 72% to win this year’s game; read about it here:

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