Super Bowl Sunday offers numerous ways to wager in Nevada
SUPER BOWL WATCHING AT STATELINE
Just about every bar and restaurant at the South Shore will have TVs turned to the Super Bowl on Sunday. Here are a couple of options for watching the game at Stateline:
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe will host a Big Game Party in its remodeled Special Events Center. The party includes free admission and food and drink specials. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa will host a Big Game Championship from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday in the casino’s Blu nightclub. Tickets are $30 at the door.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will host viewing on the casino floor starting at 2:30 p.m. The casino will offer $6 food specials, as well as beer and cocktail specials.
You don’t need to be a fan of the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos, or even football, to enjoy the Super Bowl. More than a few people will watch Sunday’s game for the high-priced commercials, and for gamblers, the Super Bowl presents seemingly endless ways to wager.
The NFL championship matchup features the league’s top-scoring team, Carolina, against the league’s top defense, Denver. Carolina opened as a four-point favorite and has since grown to a six-point favorite in most sports books. The over/under for the combined score of the game has settled at 45. Most betters have been leaning toward Carolina, said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, which operates sports books at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
“I’ve never seen anything like the one-sided nature of the betting — 95 percent of the early money has been on Carolina,” Asher said at a Wednesday ribbon-cutting ceremony of a remodeled sports book at MontBleu. “We do expect a late push to be in on Denver. It may well be Peyton Manning’s last game and Denver has one heck of a defense,” Asher added.
In addition to the usual over/unders, money lines and spreads, the Super Bowl also features an array of proposition bets, or prop bets, allowing gamblers to wager on just about anything.
“There’s something from the opening coin flip to the last score to the last play of the game — and then tying Super Bowl performances to other sporting events. It keeps getting more and more popular and more and more creative,” Asher said.
“Everybody finds something they like, and it’s not at all uncommon for people to bet 10 or 20 props just to have interest throughout the game,” he added. “We just keep adding more and more and more. There’s a limitless number of what you can offer bets on.”
Prop betting on the Super Bowl started with Chicago Bears defensive lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry’s touchdown against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX, according to the CEO.
“The roar in the sports books on that was unbelievable,” Asher said. “That launched prop betting, and it’s just grown and grown.”
Just last week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted permission for sports books to take bets on the Super Bowl MVP for the first time.
“We think it’s going to be one of the most popular props this year,” Asher said. “The early is money is on Cam Newton.”
The Super Bowl is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Betting on this year’s game could top Nevada’s record of $119.4 million set in 2014 when the Seattle Seahawks played the Broncos, according to the Associated Press.
“It’s been an enormously popular Super Bowl and it may well be the heaviest bet Super Bowl on record in Nevada,” Asher said. “The early interest in the game has been far higher than anything I’ve seen.”
Here is a look at some of the more unusual questions that will be posed to gamblers by Nevada sports books this weekend:
Which will be longer, the longest made field goal or the longest reception during the Super Bowl?
Will PGA Tour golfer Rory McIlroy have more fourth round birdies at the Dubai Classic than the Carolina Panthers will have punts in the Super Bowl?
Will soccer star Christiano Ronaldo have more goals at Granada than Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will have touchdown passes during the Super Bowl?
Will Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins’ total points and rebounds against the Boston Celtics be more than Cam Newton’s longest completion during the Super Bowl?
Will Nevada have more made three-point field goals against Colorado State than Broncos linebacker Brand Marshall will have tackles during the Super Bowl?
Will Gonzaga have more points versus Pepperdine than the Broncos will have penalty yards?
Will DeAndre Jordan have more missed free throws against the Miami Heat than the number of total sacks recorded during the Super Bowl?
Will Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul have more points and assists than Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels will have receiving yards?
Will Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have more saves than Cam Newton will have completions?
Will Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry have more points, rebounds and assists against the Oklahoma City Thunder than Cam Newton will have rushing yards?