Casinos cashed in on Super Bowl

As expected, Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts was one of the most wagered upon events of all-time.

Nevada casinos won roughly $6.9 million off of $82.7 million in wagers for this year’s big game, according to the Associated Press. The good news for the economy is that both of those numbers are up from last season.

The casinos accepted $1.21 million more in wagers this year than last, as well as won $179,000 more this year than they did in 2009.

Unfortunately, the Saints-Colts matchup still did not bring in the highest profits on record for a Super Bowl. That distinction belongs to the 2005 showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in which the casinos made almost $15.4 million.

The most that was ever wagered on a Super Bowl took place in 2006 when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks. $94.5 million was bet on the championship that season.

I had Seattle in that game.

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