NFL: Super Bowl fans bet record $186m at Nevada casinos

Levi's Stadium during the second half of the NFL's Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California on Feb 7, 2016.
Levi's Stadium during the second half of the NFL's Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California on Feb 7, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - Gamblers wagered a record US$132.5 million (S$186 million) at Nevada casinos on Super Bowl 50, with an upset win for the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers giving bookmakers their highest profit in two years on the National Football League showpiece.

Unaudited figures showed the value of bets made in Nevada's 194 sports books easily surpassed the previous high of US$119.4 million bet on the Super Bowl two years ago, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said on Monday.

Nevada sports books kept a combined US$13.3 million from Super Bowl bets, or 10.1 per cent. That was more than four times greater than the US$3.2 million they kept last year and the highest since pocketing a record US$19.6 million in 2014.

Denver were a 51/2-point underdog to top-seeded Carolina ahead of Sunday's game in Santa Clara, California, but used a ferocious defence to pull out a 24-10 victory.

Every year, the NFL championship game creates a gambling frenzy in Nevada that is considered by some to be a bellwether for the broader US economy.