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Direct from Vegas: John Avello – the Odds Making Fellow – Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Manager, on the Odds and the Action for Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers vs. Ravens, More

With Super Bowl XLVII only ten days away, now seems like a good time to take a look at how the action is shaping up in Las Vegas. This year’s NFL spectacular features the San Francisco 49ers versus the Baltimore Ravens and will take place in New Orleans. Call it early Mardi Gras in the Big Easy.

For keen insight, we welcome back Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook Manager and CYInterview regular John Avello to look at some of the betting angles for the big game. You can read the highlights and listen to the entire CYInterview below:

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The current spread, in Las Vegas, for the game has the San Francisco 49ers as a four point favorite [-4] over the Baltimore Ravens. For those not familiar with sports gambling, the 49ers would have to win by 5 points or more if a bet were to placed on San Francisco to win. Bets on the Baltimore Ravens would require a loss of 3 points or less or an outright win in order to be victorious. The game total is currently 48 points. A player can either bet the over, meaning the game will surpass 48 points or bet the under which means the game will stay under 48 points. John Avello thinks there will be some more line movement on the game up to Super Bowl Sunday:

“We’ve had some line movement already. We opened this game -5 San Francisco. We opened the total 50. So obviously they’ve been betting the under and they have been betting the Ravens early. Will there be more movement on the game? Yes. I believe there will be. This game could probably go down to 3.5, possibly 3 and it could go as high as 4.5. I think you will see some swings in this line, but currently we’re holding pretty steady at 4.”

John says that from a wagering standpoint, when it comes to the NFL playoff games compared to regular season games, gamblers are betting 200 percent more money on postseason games as compared to the regular season. The Super Bowl surpasses both the playoff and regular season games in money bet:

“If you want to take the average of all games, I would say that these games it increases probably by I believe 200 percent. So the money’s, much more money being bet on these championship games over just the regular season games. The Super Bowl, those games don’t really compare with this one.”

Avello says this was a great year for sports gamblers betting NFL and college football games:

“Overall it was a struggle for us here at Wynn. We had some good weekends, but we certainly had some weekends where we paid out a lot of money and like I say, I thought the players had a good year, good handicapping year for them, they did their homework and their homework paid off. So overall, the check mark goes to the customers this year.”

The Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook manager says he enjoys a tradition with his staff every year, when setting the odds for Super Bowl props. He brings his team in for a meal and they come up with ideas for prop bets that a customer can wager on for the Super Bowl. [We spoke with John yesterday and he’ll be meeting with his staff tonight]:

“The staff, I’m gonna be bringing in for some pasta and wine tomorrow night to work on ‘em ‘cause that’s how we do. We sit around the table, eat some Italian food, drink some wine and throw out across the table anything that comes to mind. So that’s how we come up with our props every year.”

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