Nevada books big winners on NFL preseason in August

Football-starved sports bettors made for a big August at Nevada sportsbooks.

Nevada books won more than $9.5 million on football wagering in August, according to the latest reports for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, thanks in big part to the NFL preseason. Overall, Nevada sportsbooks won $14.27 million in August, an improvement from the -$549,000 loss in July. It’s also a huge hike from the $3.67 million won in August 2012.

"Strong August historically," Michael Lawton, Senior Research Analyst for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, tells Covers. "Second-largest win and drop amount in State history. Only August of 1997 beat it."

The NFL’s tune-up schedule helped bring in $2.78 million more than August 2012, when books earned over $6.75 million on football. Sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Strip earned $5.1 million of that monthly total, a huge increase from $3 million won on football in August 2012.

Baseball also proved profitable for Nevada books in August, bringing in $5.2 million in earnings. That’s a jump from the $3.9 million won on baseball in July and boosts the season total to $25.8 million since the MLB schedule kicked off in April.

The category of “other sports” - which includes hockey, tennis, golf, boxing, mma - handed Nevada books a loss of $392,000 in August. That comes on the heels of a -$893,000 loss in July for “other sports”. Parlay-cards won $606,000 for Nevada books in August.

Nevada casinos won $955,281,446 in August, an 11.17 percent increase from the $859,261,683 earned in August 2012.

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