They say money that enters Vegas usually stays in Vegas, but the parties will roll on 24/7. The Ravens and the 49ers will go at it in a Harbough happening in New Orleans, but the next best show happens in Vegas, baby!
Dozens of hotels and casinos and resorts of all sizes will be hosting parties, laying out tons of snack food, pouring gallons of drink, and offering tempting parlays from “Who will Win” to “Will the final score be more or less than the jersey number of the first player to score a touchdown.”
Here are just a few questions you might ask before, on your way, or while in Vegas this weekend.
1. Are there big bets coming in?
““We always get inquiries, but the money doesn’t always show up. Last year we didn’t take any real significant bets (on the Super Bowl). Some six figures, but nothing more.” Jay Rood, VP MGM Race and Sports Book.
2. Biggest Super Bowl Bet?
“$3.5 Million on the underdog New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV,” says Bill Walters professional sports bettor.
3. Where to party in Vegas?
Dozens of small and large casinos and hotels are hosting Super Bowl parties. Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo is a mega sports book with more than 100 televisions, stadium-style seating and an outdoor patio that opens up right onto the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can enjoy a great view of the game and a tasty bite from Super Chef Emeril Lagasse's mouth-watering menu. Average admission price. $15-20.
4. Who’s Favored?
Vegas book makers are taking the 49ers by 3 ½ points. Readers of the Las Vegas Sun are picking the 49ers over the Ravens 53 to 47%.
“Two factors that could help break the record $94.5 million that was wagered in Nevada when Pittsburgh beat Seattle, seven Super Bowls ago, says Jay Rood. "It's a west coast team, the Niners are pretty popular in northern Nevada and Colin Kaepernick is creating quite a bit of excitement because people are able to do a lot of exciting proposition bets with him," said Mike Lawton, a senior research analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. "So I would say I would be surprised if we did not beat the record."
Nevada Book Makers won $5.06 million after Super Bowl XLVI, when all the bets were handled. They made only $724,176 after the Packers upset the Stealers in Super Bowl XLV, according to Dave Tuley’s View From Vegas website. Highest earnings were in 2005 when Vegas Bookies earned $15,430,138 after the Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21.
5. How is important is Vegas Super Bowl action to the NFL?
The Super Bowl generated nearly $95 million for Nevada sports books last year. However, within the last month (Jan. 16), a spokesman for the NFL said it would be unlikely the league would have an interest in hosting such events as preseason games or even The Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.
6. Maybe NOT the most important factor in placing the right bet?
"This lady comes in and says she wants to bet $1,000 on the Broncos,’’ said Lenny Del Genio, director of the sports book at Bally’s in Las Vegas. “You must like the 13 points, I tell her. She tells me it’s got nothing to do with that. It has to do with John Elway’s buns. ‘I think he has nicer buns than Joe Montana.’ Well, the lady lost her bet.’ Montana and the 49ers beat Elway and The Broncos 55-10 in 1990.
Whatever your questions and whatever the action, you won’t go home doubting the biggest show was in Vegas, no matter what the final score was in New Orleans.
(All the stats, information and quotes on this List were taken from Las Vegas newspapers and websites.)