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Super Bowl Betting Tanks

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A measly $81.5 million was wagered in Nevada on Super Bowl XLIII, according to the State's Gaming Control Board.

That's an 11.5 percent drop from last year's handle and the largest game-to-game drop since this started to be monitored in 1991.

The biggest Nevada handle was the $94.5 million wagered on Super Bowl XLI in 2006.

It is said that less than 1 percent of the money wagered on the Super Bowl comes into the state of Nevada, but it's probably a good indication that overall betting is down.

Interestingly, the bookmakers in Vegas profited off the game for the 17th time in the last 19 years. Last year, when the 12-point underdog Giants beat the Patriots, the gamblers won as about 80 percent of the books lost money.

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