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Nevada sports books eke out $724K Super Bowl win
LAS VEGAS (AP) Sports books in Nevada hung on to win just more than $724,000 from Super Bowl bets despite heavy gambling on the Green Bay Packers and lots of scoring, Nevada gambling regulators said Tuesday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board said $87.5 million were wagered on the NFLs championship game in 183 sports books across the state.
Of those bets, casinos kept less than 1 percent.
I cant say Ive got a cheese-head in my office right now, said Jay Kornegay, executive director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Green Bay beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night. The Packers were a 2½-point favorite in most Las Vegas casinos, giving their supporters a win with the six-point victory. The combined 56 points scored helped bettors who gambled that the total would go over about 45 points.
Gamblers wagered 5.5 percent more this year than last year, when Nevada casinos won $6.9 million on $82.7 million in Super Bowl bets as New Orleans beat Indianapolis 31-17.
Casinos have lost only once on the Super Bowl in the last 10 years, in 2008 when bettors gambled $92 million and casinos lost $2.57 million as the New York Giants beat New England 17-14.
This year was the slimmest winning Super Bowl for casinos since 1998, when books won $472,000 on $77.2 million in wagers. The Denver Broncos beat Green Bay in that game 31-24.
Broncos receiver Royal recovering from hip surgery
ENGLEWOOD (AP) Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal is recovering from an offseason hip operation.
Team spokesman Patrick Smyth said the Broncos are hopeful Royal will be ready for (organized team activities) in late May.
Later Monday, Royal tweeted: Thanks for all the support and prayers surgery was a success. I look forward to being back on the field and 100 (percent) come May.
A key component of Denvers deep receiving corps, Royal had a bounce-back season in 2010 despite dealing with a nagging groin injury all year. The third-year pro caught 59 passes for 627 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 11.9 yards on 25 punt returns and 21.4 yards on five kickoff returns.
Haussler wins 2nd stage in Tour of Qatar
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Australian cyclist Heinrich Haussler won the second stage of the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday and trails overall leader and three-time champion Tom Boonen of Belgium by one second.
Haussler won the 84-mile stage from the Camel Race Track to the Doha Golf Club in 3 hours, 4 minutes, 3 seconds.
The first 97 riders all registered the same time.
Boonen finished sixth.