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Super Bowl Betting: Books for Seattle

Heading into the weekend, most sportsbooks, online and in Vegas, are rooting for the underdogs in the Super Bowl.

Even Bovada, the only book offering the Seattle Seahawks as 3-point dogs, had more money on the favored Denver Broncos, as of Thursday. But it’s close.

A Bovada spokesperson told OddsShark.com on Thursday that “55 percent” of the money wagered on the Super Bowl was on Denver -3. The popular online sportsbook also was heavy on the Broncos on the moneyline of -130.

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The majority of online books, however, had the Broncos as only 2-point favorites, which would seem to indicate that some of the bigger, more-respected money favors the Seahawks.

In Las Vegas, sportsbooks had Denver -2.5, with most reporting more action on the Broncos. A record $98.9 million was wagered on last year’s Super Bowl at Nevada sportsbooks. There are expectations of $100 million being bet on the big game this season, and the feeling among most books is that the betting public will be backing Peyton Manning and the Broncos while the sophisticated sports bettors will be taking the Seahawks.

One thing is certain, it’ll be interesting to track the Super Bowl point spread leading up to Sunday night’s kickoff.

The Super Bowl over/under total is attracting what one sportsbook manager described as “surprising” action.

“We have the total at 47 and we have 70 percent of the action on the UNDER,” said Bovada spokesperson Kevin Bradley. “This close to the game, I am surprised we are not seeing more OVER money. I expect this to change with the weather looking better now.”

Current forecasts for Super Bowl Sunday at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium were calling for highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s with only a slight chance of precipitation and light winds.