LAS VEGAS (February 4, 2013)--Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl, according to the state’s Gaming Control Board, which said unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action.
The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31.
Odds makers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the hometown team.
The 49ers hadn't been in a Super Bowl since 1995.
The previous Nevada record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million.
Casinos say they lost big on proposition bets, including a long shot on whether there would be a safety.
Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds left.
Bookmakers were projecting a moderate profit, despite the proposition bets.