Nevada sportsbooks report record $185M handle for Super Bowl LVIII

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has reported that a record-breaking $185.6 million was wagered on Super Bowl LVIII.

The game, which saw the Kansas City Chiefs overcome the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime, beat the previous record of $179.8 million wagered on Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

Despite these record-breaking numbers, a 3.7% hold meant the total win across the 182 sportsbooks in Nevada was just $6.8 million, the fourth-lowest total win recorded since 2015.

“The Nevada Gaming Control Board congratulates and thanks all the stakeholders involved for successfully delivering such a spectacular event from the state of Nevada,” said NGCB chairman Kirk Hendrick on the results.

Super Bowl mobile betting surges

Data from GWS Magnify found that there were 4.5 million active users on the day of Super Bowl LVIII, which is a 104% increase compared to the NFL regular season.

“The last year has been a record-breaking one for American sports betting, with engagement continuing to surge. The Super Bowl is not just the pinnacle of the football season but is also consistently the biggest day of the year for mobile wagering,” said GWS CEO Dr. Paul Carter. “For many, watching football now goes hand in hand with mobile betting and the major betting platforms have quickly capitalized.”

Americans spent a total of 230 million minutes on online sportsbooks during Super Bowl Sunday, which equates to 52 minutes per person. The figure represents a 144% increase compared to the regular season average.

DraftKings and FanDuel were the big winners last Sunday as there was a surge in the use of online sportsbook apps throughout Super Bowl weekend.

DraftKings was the app most used by consumers for Super Bowl LVIII, accounting for 41% of app use, and alongside FanDuel they represented 75% of all engagement on the day.