Super Bowl generates $93.8 million in bets to Nevada sports books

David Dang, right, of Anchorage roots for the New York Giants as he watches the Super Bowl at the Las Vegas Hotel’s Superbook Sunday, February 5, 2012.

Gamblers bet $93.8 million on the Super Bowl at Nevada sports books, the second highest amount in the last 10 years.

The state Gaming Control Board reported the sports books won $5 million off the wagers.

The unaudited figures were released Monday by the board, which said the sports books had a hold of 5.4 percent on the amount bet. The win percentage for the 12 months ending last November for the books was 4.86 percent, and that included wagers on all sporting events.

The New York Giants, a three-point underdog, defeated New England 21-17 in the Super Bowl.

The $93.8 million wagered was second to the 2006 Super Bowl, which generated $94.5 million in bets at Nevada sports books. Pittsburg defeated Seattle, 21-10, that year.

The $5 million win contrasts with the $734,176 last year in which Green Bay defeated Pittsburg 31-25.

The win was the third lowest since 2003. It trailed 2011 and 2008 when the books lost $2.5 million on the game in which the Giants beat New England 17-14.