Super Bowl 53 Aftermath: Handle Lower Than Expected In Nevada & N.J., But Why?

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Super Bowl 53 aftermath . . .

Nevada sports books won $10.78 million on Super Bowl 53 from a lower-than-expected handle of $145.9 million while New Jersey lost $4.5 million on a $34.9 million handle in its first Super Bowl with legalized sports betting.

Full story from Dave Tuley here.

Here were some of the theories as to why Nevada didn’t pass last year’s handle as VSiN thought possible (beyond the fact there were other states taking legal bets this year):

Legal Sports Report has a little more detail on the betting in New Jersey, including how FanDuel ate most of the losses.

Behind The Music: ESPN’s David Purdum tells the tale of insider leaks and double “braves” — how the national anthem prop became the betting controversy of SB 53.

Everyone wanted to know more about the South Point bettor who wagered $250 at 400/1 that the Rams would finish with 3 points and won $100,000. Vinny Magliulo has a few more details.

Thanks to ESPN’s Neil Everett, who joined Brent on My Guys in the Desert, for the mention on Monday’s late SportsCenter.

Early Odds podcast: A boring Super Bowl made for a very profitable night at the Golden Nugget. Aaron Kessler joins Joe Ostrowski to review the positive and few negative props, how the move to NE -3 impacted the house, and look at Super Bowl 54 futures. Aaron still resents most novelty props and is thrilled about receiving his first piece of fan mail.

Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . . special bad beat alert!?

No. 17 Iowa St, beats Oklahoma 75-74: Sooners (closing between +2 & +3) covered on "meaningless" 3-pointer at buzzer that also put game Over closing total of 146 (so some bettors thought they had a push; earlier bettors were already Over at lower #s).

The final 3-pointer looked like it shouldn’t have counted.

Hold your tickets, but don’t hold your breath. Dave points out that there is precedent to change a score that affected the line.

(Dave shows his dedication to VSiN readers because most guys wouldn’t dig up the above 2011 story that includes the fact that he attended a “Weird Al” Yankovic concert.)

ATS report, continued . . .

NBA underdogs went 5-1 ATS with 3 outright upsets (Pistons, Hawks and Kings); Suns, who rallied from 16-point deficit to get in back door at +8.5 vs. Rockets, and Pelicans covered in losses; Bucks (-7.5) only fave to cover on night; overs 4-2. Gill had Rockets as a ML #Tankapalooza pick (to parlay with the Celtics over Cleveland tonight).

NHL favorites went 3-1 with the Kings’ 4-3 win over the Rangers being the lone upset; Overs also went 3-1; 1st Period Overs went 1-3 but lone Under was by the Stars, the top 1st Period Under team (none of the #FollowtheMoney5 were in action).

College basketball . . .

Jeff Fogle is still helping us get ready for March Madness by sizing up the Big East using tonight’s St. John’s-Marquette game.

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