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Sports books expect to see big money from Super Bowl bets

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-05 21:30:48-05

Sports books in Las Vegas were filled with people on Sunday hoping to win big on the Super Bowl.

People waited in line at Westgate Las Vegas--home of one of the largest sports books in the world--for hours. Others arrived at the crack of dawn to make sure they had a good seat.

“We're just going to chill out and wait for New England to win this game!" said Bruce Landau, a Scottsdale resident visiting Las Vegas.

 According to Jason McCormick, the sports book director for Station Casinos, there was a record $132.5 million wagered on Super Bowl 50. Sports books expect it to be higher this year with the Patriots pitted against the Falcons.

Large crowds also made their way downtown where the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center hosted a free viewing party.

“"Even though we're rivals during the season, here at the Super Bowl, it’s just kind of a fun environment,” said Kent Curtis who is visiting Las Vegas from Washington.

Football fans also had the option to bet on more than 400 propositions this year.