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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vegas Hopes For Record

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The last time the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers met in the Super Bowl, the unthinkable happened in this city's sports books.


"Everybody who had a ticket won that day," bookie Jimmy Vaccaro said of the 1979 game. "We just got slaughtered on that one. It was the biggest loss for the sports books ever."


But bookmakers are betting it won't happen again this year.


Dallas, which opened as an 11 1/2-point favorite Sunday night over the Steelers Super Bowl XXX, scheduled for Jan. 28, was up to 12 points Monday.


The proximity of the Super Bowl itself to Las Vegas this year has most predicting that legal wagering on the game will go well over $70 million.


Bookmakers hope the line helps them avoid the disaster that struck in Super Bowl XIII when the Steelers beat the Cowboys 35-31.


That game opened with the Steelers a 3 1/2-point favorite, and Pittsburgh fans quickly put their money down. When the line changed to 4 1/2 points, Dallas money poured in. After the game, bettors on both sides collected.


Last year saw a record $69.6 million in Super Bowl bets, although the state's 105 legal sports books actually lost a total of $396,000 on the game.