News

Super Bowl bets: Seafood, green chiles among wagers

Super Bowl bets: Seafood, green chiles among wagers

BETS: Good food is on the line at Super Bowl 48. Photo: Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — It’s time for those Super Bowl bets.

The mayors of Seattle and Denver have a friendly wager with some good eats on the line. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is putting up salmon and Dungeness crab.

Should the Seahawks win, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will send green chile, Denver’s favorite fiery stew to Seattle.

The Denver Broncos and Seahawks meet in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday.

Super Bowl betting boom

With the Super Bowl approaching, fans are talking trash, buying snacks, and, more than ever, placing bets.

Fans bet an unprecedented $99 million on the Super Bowl last year, and Nevada sports books collected record amounts of football wagers during the tail end of 2013.

All of this is changing the role of the humble sports book, which casinos used to see as an amenity that kept customers from going next door, but now expect to turn a profit.

Odds makers alike attribute the rise in betting to the increase in televised games, and the ubiquity of sports analysis.

Amateur gamblers are more likely to bet on a game they can watch, and the proliferation of sports podcasts, blogs and websites have all made them feel more confident in their opinions.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Maine Drumstick Factory Survives Fire

Fresh
GENERIC FIRE 1

A Maine factory that makes drumsticks avoided serious structural damage in a fire that occurred when a water cooler overheated.

in Local

Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Child Porn Case

GENERIC COURT LARGE

A Maine man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography and testifying falsely under oath in court.

in Local

Maine Lawmakers Call For Riverview Investigation

GENERIC HOSPITAL LARGE 2

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Key Maine lawmakers are calling for a full investigation into the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center following a newspaper article alleging abuse of patients by workers.

in Local

Suspect In Augusta Stabbing Arrested

GENERIC ARREST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The suspect in a weekend stabbing in Augusta has been taken into custody after a brief standoff with police.

in Local

Cumberland County Drug Court To Remain Open

GAVEL

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland program intended to keep drug addicts out of jail is staying open after Gov. Paul LePage intervened to end a dispute between the Department of Corrections and court officials.