When the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles clash on Sunday, there’ll be far more on the line than gridiron glory or the pride of the office pool.
Nevada is home to legal sports betting, and those in the Silver State will pony up millions of dollars on nearly every aspect of the big game.
Fallon residents now have a chance to wager through an electronic sports book kiosk at the Bonanza Casino. The system is affiliated with Leroy’s Race and Sports Book of Las Vegas.
The sports book’s popularity has grown since its introduction in October of last year, said Scott Tate, general manager of the Nugget and Bonanza casinos in Fallon. The Super Bowl is traditionally the most bet-on sporting event of the year.
“The betting (this week) is consistent with that of the prior weeks, but that’s significant considering there’s only one game,” Tate said.
The sports book itself is an electronic kiosk, where players insert cash and place bets electronically. Every player must undergo a facial scan, which is entered into a database in Las Vegas. Tate said the scan is used for protective purposes, like preventing underage gambling and to monitor those making large or frequent bets.
Players can then bet on most any college or professional sport, along with boxing, horse racing and Arena League Football. A receipt is printed out and can be redeemed at the casino’s cage.
Gamblers continue to take sports betting to new, creative heights. While simple, straight bets can be made on the game’s Qq Poker Online winner, that’s only the beginning.
The betting possibilities on the Super Bowl are endless, said Tony DiTommaso, director of the Club Cal Neva sports book in Reno.
Players can bet on the number of sacks, punts, field goals and even the coin toss. One scenario involves the number of touchdown passes Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens will catch in the first quarter.
“You can get it to the point where something’s up to bet on every play,” DiTommaso said.
Betting is picking up this week, with the peak expected Saturday afternoon, he said. The largest bet placed this year has been $20,000. All bets must be made in cold, hard cash.
Even small bets can yield a big pay out.
On Thanksgiving Weekend last year, a Sparks man won $60,000 on a $20 parlay card wager at John Ascauga’s Nugget in Reno. He bet on four teams favored to win, five underdogs and bet on three games where the total points would be over a set limit.
A record $81.2 million was wagered last year on the Super Bowl in Nevada, according to an article on bankrate.com. Some gaming industry analysts predict this year’s game could garner $100 million.