Bookies take a bath

February 6, 2008 4:53:13 AM PST
The New England Patriots aren't the only Super Bowl losers. The Nevada sports books also took a bath. The casinos report losing a record 2.6 million dollars on Super Bowl bets, when the New York Giants upset the Patriots Sunday. It's the first time the sports books lost money since the 1995 Super Bowl, when the San Francisco 49ers blew out the San Diego Chargers. But the loss then was 400-grand, total. Officials of the Nevada Gaming Control Board report the sports books lost big on bets the Giants would win straight up. Those bets paid off as much as four-to-one because the Patriots were such heavy favorites. As just about everyone knows, the underdog Giants beat the Patriots 17-14.