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Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Manager John Avello Gives Us the Scoop from Las Vegas on Super Bowl 49

The Super Bowl is one of the most wagered on sporting events.

With Super Bowl 49 this weekend, featuring the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, we welcome back Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook Manager and CYInterview regular John Avello, to tell us about the money being wagered for the biggest football game of the year.

Mr. Avello always provides us with insightful analysis on Las Vegas sports gambling. This past September, we had the chance to meet John at the Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook [see here]. Now, you can read the highlights and listen to our most recent CYInterview, for Super Bowl 49, below:

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Giving us his analysis on the point spread for Super Bowl 49, as well as where the money is being wagered, John told us this:

“We opened this game 2.5 a week and a half ago, 2.5 Seahawks [Seattle the favorite by 2.5 points]. Made it to 1 Patriots [Patriots favored by a point] by Thursday [January 22nd], that was a Thursday ago. So we’re talking over a week and that’s where it’s been hanging out now for that week. Now where’s it gonna go? Well, with only 15 to 20 percent of the money in, total money bet on the game, I would think that this game may go a little higher than 1, but it looks like the sophisticated players like anything north of 1. So they may buy it back for a while, but sometimes if it gets a real big push they may not be able to, it could just sail right by them. So my guess is it gets a little higher than 1 [Patriots being favored by more than 1 point] before game time.”

Every Super Bowl gives people the chance to gamble on everything from the coin toss to individual player stats. Talking about those props [propositions] this year at the Wynn sportsbook in Las Vegas, the resort’s veteran oddsmaker said this:

“Good solid props. Not a lot of crazy ones which don’t write a lot of business, tried to stay with the substantial ones, the ones that make sense, the ones that get the most action. So we’re over 200. We actually put a few more up over the last few days. … We try to do some for horse players too, which involves a little bit of handicapping on the horse racing end and handicapping the game both. So we did a little mixture this year for both types of our customers.”

In his career, Mr. Avello says he has seen million dollar bets on the Super Bowl. On what he expects this year for the big money wagers, he shared this:

“Well, there will certainly be six figure wagers and probably quite a few of them. Will we reach the seven figures? I am not sure on that one. We might. But there will certainly be a lot of huge wagers starting tomorrow right through Sunday.”

The Wynn sportsbook in Las Vegas is a premiere spot to watch a sporting event. On what the Super Bowl atmosphere is like there, for the big football game, John said this:

“I don’t think there is anything like it. I actually use this type of terminology, if you can’t make it to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl, you might consider going to the game. That’s kind of the way I look at it. I don’t think there’s any better atmosphere, any better place to go. You know, we’ve all been to big events whether it be, you know, a Super Bowl or big basketball tournaments or derby. I mean, there’s a lot of great events out there. And let’s face it, they’re all crowded and sometimes you have to work hard to get a drink, get a room, get food, I mean it’s just difficult. Now in our town of course, you know it’s crowded and you’re gonna have to wait sometimes, but you’re not gonna have to wait anywhere as near the amount of time you would if you went to the event. So I think this is the best spot to come and if you try it once, you’ll probably be back for the next year after.”

The big story over the last few weeks in sports was the allegation that the New England Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts. On whether controversies like that might impact how Mr. Avello composes a line for the public to bet on, he told us this:

“No. Not really. These guys are professionals, so does the deflated ball mean something as far as passing? Yes. It may’ve helped some. I’m sure it did. But even a ball that was regulation air, they still would have had a good game most likely with that. So that part of the equation does not enter in my thoughts for making the line or taking away from the line. Now what could affect the line is certainly if there would be a suspension from that. And that was something I was really paying close attention to, I mean would they suspend [Tom] Brady for a Super Bowl game? Very unlikely. But a suspension of Brady would mean a 8 or 9 point shift in the game. And so it’s something I’m always aware of.”

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