According to MGM Resorts International, which own several Vegas casinos including The Mirage and Bellagio, about 65% of the money bet so far this week in its 10 sports books in Las Vegas Strip casinos was for the Giants. As of Tuesday, the Giants were three-point underdogs in Sunday’s match-up.
Concerns about an injured Rob Gronkowski, who is a tight end for the Patriots and a favorite target for quarterback Tom Brady, have also made the Giants an attractive bet.
“Before the first Cowboys-Giants game (in Week 14), we actually had a big customer put down a large bet on the Giants to win both the NFC crown and the Super Bowl,” said Chris Andrews, assistant director of Sports Books at Club Cal Neva in Reno. “This customer took 60-1 for the Super Bowl and 30-1 for the conference.”
For those die hard Giants fans who bet on the team to win the Super Bowl when their record was only 6-6 and they weren’t even thought to be going to the playoffs, the odds may have been as high as 75-1. That would mean a payout of $7,600 (including the original stake) on a $100 bet if the Giants win on Sunday.
According to Todd Fuhrman, senior race and sports book analyst at Caesars Palace, most people placed their bets when odds were between 15-to-1 and 20-to-1.
Maybe Sunday will be Giants fans’ lucky day?