Vegas Losing to Online Competition
By staff
Super Bowl weekend failed to attract the expected amount of punters to the sports books of Nevada. Whining industry insiders blame the combination of competition from I-gaming and the flailing US economy.

An informal poll by The River City Group have revealed that three of the I-gaming industry’s top companies reported an increase in online betting for the Super Bowl compared with last year. Kevin Smith, a researcher with The River City Group: 'One company said it exceeded its goal for first-time users by more than 70 percent. More and more people are turning to Internet gaming.'

During the defeat of the Oakland Raiders by Tampa Bay Buccaneers by 48-21 as much as $71.7 million was collected by Nevada sports books which is up from last year’s $71.5 million. Doesn’t sound like much to complain about, however, the amount of bets placed online is also reported to have increased. This suggests that more people than ever before are using the Internet to place bets.

Outside Nevada sports books are illegal but this is no-longer stopping gamblers. For example the Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino based in San Diego successfully used the Super Bowl event to boost its profile. Nick Dillon, executive director of casino operations: 'People can go to one of their local casinos and then bet the Super Bowl on the Internet.'

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