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Update On Chargers/Steelers Gambling Fiasco

Posted by Mike on November 19, 2008

From RJ Bell at

Amount Bet on Game At Least $100 Million!

Las Vegas , Nevada (November 18, 2008) – Numbers released by RJ Bell of in connection with betting action on the Steelers/Chargers were widely reported in the media. In response, some questioned the large size of the gambling numbers. Two legal sportsbook professionals have now spoken out.

RJ Bell of estimated $100 million was wagered worldwide on the Pittsburgh/San Diego game.

John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn resort, speculated to Newsday that the worldwide betting total on the game ranged from $100 million to possibly as high as $500 million!

RJ Bell of estimated that 66% of the money wagered backed the Steelers, with 34% backing the Chargers.

Bob Scucci, race and sports book manager for Boyd Gaming, told ESPN that 80% of the public bet the Steelers through his property, with only 20% backing the Chargers.

Since sports betting is not fully regulated, worldwide numbers cannot be exact. RJ Bell of said: “When estimating numbers, I go to great lengths to gather all available information. If my numbers must miss, it’s better for them to miss conservatively.”


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