In the offseason, there was so small wagering enthusiasm for the Atlanta Falcons that a few Las Vegas sportsbooks extended their Super Bowl chances from 40-1 to 100-1 an attempt to scrounge up some activity.
It didn’t help.
When the NFL season kicked off in September, sportsbook administrator CG Technology had taken more wagers on the Cleveland Browns to win the Super Bowl than it had on the Falcons.
After five months, the sportsbooks are liking their positions heading into Super Bowl LI.
The Falcons opened as 3-point underdogs against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Sportsbooks do well on their Super Bowl fates advertises markets regardless to who wins, yet an Atlanta triumph would be the bigger boon.
“We took a $5,000 bet at 40-1 on the Falcons to win the Super Bowl,” CG Technology VP Jason Simbal said. The ticket would net $200,000. “And we still win almost a million on the Falcons. That’s how few people bet them.”
While few and far between, there are some other huge Super Bowl tickets on the Falcons. William Hill revealed taking 184 tickets on the Falcons at chances of 100-1 or more prominent. What’s more, MGM ‘s sportsbook made 31 wagers on the Falcons at 75-1, with the good sum around $70, as indicated by VP of race and games Jay Rood.
“Some people have some nice tickets on them,” Rood said. “But we still look great to them.”
The Patriots were the agreement Super Bowl top choices all through the season and furthermore a standout amongst the most well-known wagers. In September, more cash had been wagered on New England to win the Super Bowl than whatever another group at William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook. But the books kept the Patriots’ chances sufficiently low that regardless they’ll turn a significant profit even if New England wins.