It was the first Super Bowl that people outside the state of Nevada could bet on, and New Jersey was among them. But it wasn’t a profitable Sunday for the state.
According to the Associated Press, sportsbooks operator in New Jersey saw $34.9 million in wagers, but they lost $4.6 million after having to pay out $39.5 million to winners. That means there were a lot of Patriots fans in New Jersey, who beat the Rams 13-3 with a -2.5 spread.
Despite the pay backs, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US which runs three total sportsbooks in New Jersey, saw the day as a success. He said Sunday “was by far our biggest day ever in New Jersey in terms of handle. It was really good.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased overall — the retail locations were strong, especially the Ocean Resort Casino, which had an unbelievable crowd,” Asher added.
Other than William Hill, DraftKings’ mobile sportsbook had recorded a new record for amount wagered in New Jersey, but they experienced a slight loss after giving back $11 million to winners, acoording to spokesman James Chisholm.
Overall, fans betting on Super Bowl Sunday shelled out about $185.5 million in legal bets across the three states that includes Mississippi as well.