Husker football is a boon for bluffs sportsbooks; Lots of NU fans bet their hopes; sports 'handle' at 19 Iowa casinos beats projections, pulls in $1.1 million in taxes
The brand-new sportsbooks at Iowa casinos put up big numbers in their first 3½ months of operation, fueled in part by Nebraskans crossing the border to place bets that are illegal in their home state.
More than $152 million worth of bets were placed at the 19 state-regulated casinos across Iowa between Aug. 15 - the date legal sports betting commenced - through the end of November. In gambling parlance, that's called the "handle."
The handle is close to what some analysts predicted...