(The Sports Xchange) – Barring a barrage of bets on the Denver Broncos in the days leading up to Super Bowl 50, the Carolina Panthers will be huge favorites in Las Vegas.
As of Thursday morning, an estimated 80 percent of money wagered on Super Bowl 50 was on the Panthers, who grew to a 5.5-point favorite on Wednesday. Westgate told ESPN several five-figure wagers came in on Carolina.
The American Gaming Association said Wednesday that Americans will bet $4.2 billion on Super Bowl 50, and 80 percent of the “public money” will be wagered in the three days before the game. Las Vegas sportsbooks and casinos partner to throw extravagant bashes during the most-watched game on the sports calendar.
The line for the Feb. 7 game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., opened Sunday night with the Panthers as four-point favorites.
One bettor wagered $623,142.25 at William Hill US on the Panthers to win straight up at -190 odds. The bet would pay $327,969.60 if Carolina prevails.
In 2014, the AGA reported $115.9 million was bet on the Super Bowl at Nevada sportsbooks. The house won $3.2 million when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.