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Sportsbooks hope for Super Bowl windfall

Posted at 6:05 AM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 14:31:41-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Super Bowl betting will be different in Las Vegas in 2021 compared to previous years because of the ever-present coronavirus pandemic.

Sportsbook operators have still said they look forward to the most bet-on game of the year with strict safety protocols in place for in-person bettors.

Westgate Hotel and Casino Vice President of Communications Gordon Prouty said the property saw 10,000 people for the Super Bowl in 2020 before the pandemic, but this year they've limited capacity to 25% to comply with state guidelines.

Most reserved rooms and seats have been taken, he said, so he encouraged people to show up early if they want one of the open unreserved seats.

Prouty said Westgate hasn't been expecting a record handle, but with 400 wagers available they've still anticipated an active betting day.

"This is going to be a great day," he said, "We're excited about today. I think that everyone who comes out today is going to have a great time. We're looking forward to a great game and I think while it's going to be a modified version I think people still realize it's a Westgate Superbook experience."

Prouty said anyone who is intimidated by betting in person could utilize the Westgate mobile app to place bets, and the online side of the business has become a popular option for customers.

Station Casinos recently capitalized on the rush to mobile betting offering a $500 sign-on bonus for customers deposited directly to their new account on registration ahead of the Super Bowl.

The sign-on bonus is available through March 31.

The Super Bowl airs Sunday at 3:30 p.m.