A.G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, has said that the US state was able to achieve a record betting handle on the NFL American football’s league 2017 Super Bowl.
Licensed betting operators in Nevada experienced a handle of $138.5 million (€129.6 million) on the game, an all-time high for the event and an amount that surpasses the previous record of $132.5 million set last year.
The New England Patriots emerged victorious in Sunday’s game, overcoming a deficit of 28-3 to see off the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in what has been heralded as the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.
Nevada-licensed sportsbooks will keep $10.9 million of the betting volume, the third-highest in the last 10 years but some way behind the record $19.7 million during the Super Bowl in 2014.
Nevada remains the only state in which sports betting is legal, although illegal sports wagering in the US is rife, with punters turning to other sources as a way of placing bets.
However, several states are seeking to end this approach by introducing bills to legalise sports betting in their respective jurisdictions.
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