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All Bets are On for Super Bowl

29 January 2004

NEVADA – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City:"The Super Bowl is easily the most popular event with Nevada sports books. Last year, an estimated $70 million was wagered legally on the game between Tampa Bay and Oakland, according to a report on CCN's Web site.

"…This week, serious and casual gamblers are placing their money on Carolina, New England - the Patriots are seven-point favorites - and a slew of interesting and bizarre gambling options tied to Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston.

"You can bet on almost anything, from the opening coin flip to the final score. In between, there is a wide range of side bets that are put out by Las Vegas Sports Consultants and various sports books.

"…You can bet on which team will get the first first down, the first points, the first penalty. There is money to be won on which team punts first, which team scores the longest touchdowns and whether Patriots coach Bill Belichick or Panthers coach John Fox issues the first challenge.

"One of the strangest is which punter - Carolina's Todd Sauerbrun or New England's Tom Tupa - nails a coffin-corner kick inside their opponents' 10-yard line.

"…Some bets have no ties to a particular team, such as: will the first score be a touchdown (-$140) vs. a field goal/safety (+120)? Will a special teams or defensive TD be scored (No -$175, Yes +$155)? Will there be a two-point conversion attempt (No -$180, Yes +$160). The most money can be made if you bet whether there is going to be a safety (No -$1,000, Yes +$700).

"Individual players carry separate bets. Gamblers can wager on whether Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's first pass will be complete (-$200), incomplete (+$160) or intercepted (+$900)…"

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