The sports books of Nevada had a Super Bowl to remember.
Sports books won close to $19.7 million on Super Bowl XLVIII, the Nevada Gaming Control Board announced on Monday. The sports books’ cumulative profit of about 16.5 percent was the biggest return the state’s regulated books have seen since the Patriots defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
A record $119.4 million was legally wagered on Super Bowl XLVIII at the state’s sports books, according to state figures. That’s an increase of about 20.7 percent from last year, when a then-record $98.9 million was bet on Ravens-49ers.
The Broncos were a 2.5-point favorite for much of the betting on Super Bowl XLVIII, but it was the underdog Seahawks who rolled to a 43-8 victory.