The total opened at 27½, before quickly moving to 28 following the second lowest-scoring first half in Super Bowl history (the Steelers led the Vikings 2-0 at halftime of Super Bowl IX in 1975).
MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, the Westgate, Boyd Gaming, CG Technology and Station Casinos sportsbooks all need the Rams to cover.
Despite a late flurry of money on the Rams, including wagers of $2 million and $1.5 million, Las Vegas sportsbooks needed Los Angeles to cover the spread against the Patriots less than 24 hours before kickoff of Super Bowl LIII.
New England is 5-3 straight up in Super Bowls with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick but 2-5 ATS (the line on its 28-24 win over the Seahawks in 2015 closed at pick ’em).
A survey of opinions from Review-Journal staff members, other media, oddsmakers and professional bettors and handicappers.
The mystery bettor who beat Las Vegas sportsbooks out of millions of dollars on the 2017 World Series and more than $10 million in Super Bowl LII appears to be back in action on Super Bowl LIII.
Lem Banker picked the winner against the spread in 20 of the first 23 Super Bowls in newspapers across the nation, including the Review-Journal. From 1973 to 1985, he picked 13 straight winners in the game.
My Super Bowl betting strategy is simple: I’m picking the Patriots to win a tight game, but I’m going to try for a “middle” by using the Rams in a 7-point teaser.
Legendary oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro has left Las Vegas after 44 years in the sportsbook industry to become director of sports relations for Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.