Gambling, Prop Bets Bring Californians to Nevada for Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl brings large crowds across the California Nevada state line.

Matt Smith is one of them who came to the Silver State to bet on the big game.

"I'm going to put some money on the Seahawks I think," Smith said.

Like many in Northern California, Smith told FOX40 he is not the biggest fan of Seattle's team, but is betting on them for a different reason.

"I'm a 9ers fan, so nothing is going to make me more angry to see the Seahawks win unless I had money on them. So I can actually win money when the Seahawks win. That's my logic," said Smith.

The Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino is expecting a big crowd to show up Sunday, staff is making sure everywhere customers go they will see the game.

"We have 55 big screen TVs throughout the entire property. Upstairs we got six and then two big screens with the projectors," said Tyler Gaffaney, Tahoe Biltmore's Director of Operations.

Gaffaney said typically the casino sees 75 percent more foot traffic on Super Bowl Sunday, with most customers coming to visit the sports book.

"(This year) I just read there's over 400 prop bets (available)," Gaffaney told FOX40.

A prop or propositional bet, is where gamblers can place money on things in the game other than the score, like on individual player stats. One example this year is a bet on which will happen first, a Patriots field goal or a Seahawks touchdown.

Smith said he plans to place a prop bet of his own.

"The coin flip, going to put in some good money on the heads... It's a 50-50 chance, it doesn't get much better than that in betting," Smith said.

Gaffaney said the Lodge's rooms are at 50% occupancy for Sunday night as of Saturday.
But he expects that number to jump to 75 to 90 percent by the time the game ends.

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