“I almost certainly will be.”
That was the lone seven-figure wager reported by the books as of Saturday night, but Rood said his shop has already taken “a lot” of six-figure wagers, the majority of them on the Patriots. The Miami Dolphins were 1-point favorites over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII in 1973.
Sportsbook operator William Hill was one of the only shops to keep the point spread at pick ’em for the past two weeks. William Hill reported Saturday night that 62 percent of the money wagered at its shops was on the Patriots. Most books opened the line at Seattle minus-2.5 on championship Sunday, but the number quickly moved in favor of the Patriots.
“If anything, I’d say it moves to Seattle [minus] one,” Westgate head football oddsmaker Ed Salmons said.
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“I believe most Nevada bookmakers will be Seattle fans on Sunday,” Station’s sportsbook director Art Manteris said. But the Wynn was an outlier.
“We’re not going to comment on individual customers,” Simbal said, “but we’re still waiting to see what other high rollers want to do.”
The Super Bowl over/under total also has been on the move. He would not elaborate on the identity of the bettor, who spared no expense.
Big, influential money on the Seattle Seahawks showed up Saturday in Las Vegas, causing sportsbooks to adjust the Super Bowl point spread heading into game day.
“They laid the proper vig,” Rood said.
Prominent offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu made the Seahawks 1-point favorites on Saturday.
Before Saturday’s line movement, the Super Bowl point spread had held steady at New England minus-1 for two weeks. After opening as high as 49.5, the total was down to 47.5 at most sportsbooks.
The San Francisco 49ers were favored by one point over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI in 1982. Most books reported still having more money on the Patriots, but the gap was narrowing.
The vast majority of books were rooting against the Patriots heading into Sunday.
MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said the seven-figure transaction was handled in advance with the funds being transferred to the casino cage. The MGM, Caesars, Westgate, Golden Nugget, South Point, Station’s and CG Technology sportsbooks moved the line from New England minus-1 to pick ’em Saturday, as money poured in on the Seahawks. There has never been a Super Bowl with a consensus closing line of pick ’em.
. More big bets will undoubtedly show up Sunday.
The MGM, which took a seven-figure wager on the Patriots last week, was one of the last Vegas books to move the line to pick ’em Saturday.
CG Technology, which is known to cater to some of the biggest players in Vegas, including professional sports bettor Billy Walters and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., also was expecting large wagers to arrive today.
“We’re taking more bets on the Patriots, but the more substantial money has been on the Seahawks,” Jason Simbal, vice president of risk for CG Technology, said Saturday