By Harry Allison
The Big Game is only a week away, and there have been five full days of Super Bowl betting.
While the Patriots have been bet at a 60 percent ratio at most Vegas sports books, Falcons’ action has held its own.
That’s why every book in Vegas still has the Patriots posted as 3-point favorites.
After two days of action, it appeared New England -3.5 might soon be on its way. Several books moved the Patriots to -3 (-120), but they were soon forced back to flat (-110 either way). One of those shops is at the Wynn.
“I’ve taken a couple big bets on the Patriots (six-figures),” Wynn sports book director John Avello said, “but even without those wagers we’d still be relatively even with bets and it’s also counting a good size pop we took on the Falcons as a result of being at +3 (Even money).”
Avello, in the middle of finalizing 40 more player props Friday afternoon, said this is only the beginning of the betting.
“There’s a ways to go before I start to move anything, but my initial thoughts were that if the number moved off 3 it wouldn’t be down to -2.5, but rather -3.5,” he said.
Only 5-to-7 percent of the overall action has been wagered in town so far, but the biggest question looming is when or if the books are forced to get off -3.