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NFL: Russell Wilson’s Late Interception Cost Vegas Over $16 Million

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The terrible play call from the New England Patriots’ one-yard line that led to Russell Wilson throwing an interception to Malcolm Butler at in the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX cost the Seattle Seahawks a chance at becoming only the ninth team in NFL history to repeat as Super Bowl champions. It also cost the sports books in Las Vegas millions of dollars.

Had the Seahawks scored the go-ahead touchdown and held on to win, the sports books in Vegas would have hauled in well north of $20 million in profits. Instead, they combined to profit $3.26 million. In total, there was $115.9 million wagered in Vegas on Sunday’s Super Bowl, which is slightly lower than the $119.4 million that was wagered on Super Bowl XLVIII a year ago.

The final point spread for the game was even (pick ‘em) and the over/under closed at 47.5. Butler’s interception clinched the cover for New England, and Tom Brady’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Julian Edelman clinched the over for the game. The most popular parlay bet for this year’s Super Bowl was by far New England with the over, meaning the bettors won big with Butler’s game-saving interception.

The books’ net of $3.26 million was a profit of 2.8% and was aided in large part by prop bets that heavily favored the books this year. The 2.8% profit was the lowest since Super Bowl XLV in 2011, but was the 24th time in 26 years that Vegas’ books have turned a profit on Super Bowl wagering.

Here is a look at how the sports books in Las Vegas have fared in the last 10 Super Bowls.

All data courtesy of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

 

 

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Super Bowl XLIX

  • Result:  New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24
  • Wagers:  $115,986,086
  • Win/(Loss):  $3,261,066
  • Win %:  2.8%

Super Bowl XLVIII

  • Result:  Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8
  • Wagers:  $119,400,822
  • Win/(Loss):  $19,673,960
  • Win %:  16.5%

Super Bowl XLVII

  • Result:  Baltimore Ravens 34, San Francisco 49ers 31
  • Wagers:  $98,936,798
  • Win/(Loss):  $7,206,460
  • Win %:  7.3%

Super Bowl XLVI

  • Result:  New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
  • Wagers:  $93,899,840
  • Win/(Loss):  $5,064,470
  • Win %:  5.4%

Super Bowl XLV

  • Result:  Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25
  • Wagers:  $87,491,098
  • Win/(Loss):  $724,176
  • Win %:  0.8%

 

 

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Super Bowl XLIV

  • Result:  New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17
  • Wagers:  $82,726,367
  • Win/(Loss):  $6,857,101
  • Win %:  8.3%

Super Bowl XLIII

  • Result:  Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
  • Wagers:  $81,514,748
  • Win/(Loss):  $6,678,044
  • Win %:  8.2%

Super Bowl XLII

  • Result:  New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14
  • Wagers:  $92,055,833
  • Win/(Loss):  $(2,573,103)
  • Win %:  -2.8%

Super Bowl XLI

  • Result:  Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17
  • Wagers:  $93,067,358
  • Win/(Loss):  $12,930,175
  • Win %:  13.9%

Super Bowl XL

  • Result:  Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
  • Wagers:  $94,534,372
  • Win/(Loss):  $8,828,431
  • Win %:  9.3%