Superbowl facts and figures

Published on: January 25, 2013 | Written by: Todd Fuhrman

It gets more hype than any event in North American sports. No, I'm not talking about the annual clash of the titans between Alabama and LSU for SEC West bragging rights. Come Sunday, February 3rd all the build-up, media hype, and anticipation reaches a crescendo when Baltimore and San Francisco compete for the Lombardi trophy. As the Superbowl climbs higher on the de facto national holiday list, so do the 10 figure estimates for dollars wagered legally throughout Nevada and illegally at corner books. While I can't give you the perfect formula for winning the coin toss bet or finding that lucrative first touchdown prop winner, I can share the history as it pertains to gambling and everything Las Vegas surrounding the game.

Fortunately we've seen highly competitive games each of the last few years with 6 of the last 9 Superbowls decided by 6 points or less. That wasn't always the case with the league going through a prolonged stretch where games became blowouts leaving oddsmakers to devote time to the prop market (coming in Monday's column). Of course there's one natural question that people inevitably ask:

How good are oddsmakers at their job you ask?

46 Superbowls: 23 Overs, 23 unders

Favorites are 26-18-2 overall but underdogs are on an 8-2 against the spread run the last 10 years

12 of the underdogs that covered won the game outright including 5 as double digit underdogs; most recently the 2008 New York Giants

Superbowls being played in a stadium with a dome or retractable roof are 12-5 to the Under.

The lowest posted total ever on the Superbowl was 33 and it was used 3 straight years: VII to IX

Nevada state record for money wagered on the game was $94 million back in 2006. Last year narrowly missed breaking the record falling just short at $93.9M

Since 1991, the best year for the house was 2005 when casinos made $15.4M, holding .17 cents out of every dollar wagered.

In the last 21 years, Nevada has reported a loss on the Superbowl only twice: 1995 and 2008.

Your complete pointspread history for every Superbowl

Superbowl SCORE Line (Total) ATS Result
XLVI N.Y. Giants 21 New England 17 New England -2.5 (53) Underdog-Under
XLV Green Bay 31 Pittsburgh 25 Green Bay -3 (45) Favorite-Over
XLIV New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17 Indianapolis -5 (57) Underdog-Under
XLIII Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23 Pittsburgh -7 (46) Underdog-Over
XLII N.Y. Giants 17 New England 14 New England -12 (55) Underdog-Under
XLI Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17 Indianapolis -7 (47) Favorite-Under
XL Pittsburgh 21 Seattle 10 Pittsburgh -4 (47) Favorite-Under
XXIX New England 24 Philadelphia 21 New England -7 (46.5) Underdog-Under
XXXVIII New England 32 Carolina 29 New England -7 (37.5) Underdog-Over
XXXVII Tampa Bay 48 Oakland 21 Oakland -4 (44) Underdog-Over
XXXVI New England 20 St. Louis 17 St. Louis -14 (53) Underdog-Under
XXXV Baltimore 34 N.Y. Giants 7 Baltimore -3 (33) Favorite-Over
XXXIV St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16 St. Louis -7 (45) Push-Under
XXXIII Denver 34 Atlanta 19 Denver -7.5 (52.5) Favorite-Over
XXXII Denver 31 Green Bay 24 Green Bay -11 (49) Underdog-Over
XXXI Green Bay 35 New England 21 Green Bay -14 (49) Push-Over
XXX Dallas 27 Pittsburgh 17 Dallas -13.5 (51) Underdog-Under
XXIX San Francisco 49 San Diego 26 San Francisco -18.5 Favorite-Over
XXVIII Dallas 30 Buffalo 13 Dallas -10.5 (50.5) Favorite-Under
XXVII Dallas 52 Buffalo 17 Dallas -6.5 (44.5) Favorite-Over
XXVI Washington 37 Buffalo 24 Washington -7 (49) Favorite-Over
XXV N.Y. Giants 20 Buffalo 19 Buffalo -7 (40.5) Underdog-Under
XXIV San Francisco 55 Denver 10 San Francisco -12 (48) Favorite-Over
XXIII San Francisco 20 Cincinnati 16 San Francisco -7 (48) Underdog-Under
XXII Washington 42 Denver 10 Denver -3 (47) Underdog-Over
XXI N.Y. Giants 39 Denver 20 N.Y. Giants -9.5 (40) Favorite-Over
XX Chicago 46 New England 10 Chicago -10 (37.5) Favorite-Over
XIX San Francisco 38 Miami 16 San Francisco -3.5 Favorite-Over
XVIII L.A. 38 Washington 9 Washington -3 (48) Favorite-Under
XVII Washington 27 Miami 17 Miami -3 (36.5) Underdog-Over
XVI San Francisco 26 Cincinnati 21 San Francisco -1 (48) Favorite-Under
XV Oakland 27 Philadelphia 10 Philadelphia -3 (37.5) Underdog-Under
XIV Pittsburgh 31 L.A. Rams 19 Pittsburgh -10.5 (36) Favorite-Over
XIII Pittsburgh 35 Dallas 31 Pittsburgh -3.5 (37) Favortie-Over
XII Dallas 27 Denver 10 Dallas -6 (39) Favorite-Under
XI Oakland 34 Minnesota 14 Oakland -4 (38) Favorite-Over
X Pittsburgh 21 Dallas 17 Pittsburgh -7 (36) Underdog-Over
IX Pittsburgh 16 Minnesota 6 Pittsburgh -3 (33) Favorite-Under
VIII Miami 24 Minnesota 7 Miami -6.5 (33) Favorite-Under
VII Miami 14 Washington 7 Miami -1 (33) Favorite-Under
VI Dallas 24 Miami 3 Dallas -6 (34) Favorite-Under
V Baltimore 16 Dallas 13 Baltimore -2.5 (36) Favorite-Under
IV Kansas City 23 Minnesota 7 Minnesota -12 (39) Underdog-Under
III N.Y. Jets 16 Indianapolis 7 Indianapolis -18 (40) Underdog-Under
II Green Bay 33 Oakland 14 Green Bay -13.5 (43) Favorite-Over
I Green Bay 35 Kansas City 10 Green Bay -14 (N/A) Favorite

 

(pointspread history courtesy of Vegas Insider).