I'd Wager that A Lot of Money Was Bet on March Madness
February 29, 2008 7:49 AM   Subscribe

Sports Betting Filter: How can I determine approximately how much money was bet on the NCAA (men's basketball) tournament last year and where that ranks on the most gambled-upon sporting events of the year?

I'm doing an article on the NCAA tournament and one of the angles I want to use is the amount of time and money people devote to it.
posted by sjuhawk31 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total)
Are you talking only legalized Vegas betting, or are you talking about all betting, including office pools?
posted by pdb at 8:06 AM on February 29, 2008

Response by poster: Legalized Vegas betting is fine. Any stat, really.
posted by sjuhawk31 at 8:15 AM on February 29, 2008

Best answer: Quick and dirty figure ($85M) from 2006 from a Las Vegas Review Journal article reprinted here. Other RJ articles take gaming stats from this firm.
posted by zepheria at 11:50 AM on February 29, 2008

Here are last year's numbers from the Nevada Gaming Control Board via the Las Vegas Sun.
posted by zepheria at 9:44 AM on March 10, 2008

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