Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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VEGAS BOOKS CLEAN UP

Las Vegas' sports books came up nearly as big as the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

"We did great. We came out on the plus side this year. Overall most places did well," John Avello, sports book manager for Bally's and Paris-Las Vegas, said after Baltimore's 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Tampa.

The Ravens were a 3-point favorite, but they started out as low as a 1-point favorite. Most gamblers took the Ravens early and the Giants over the weekend, Avello said.

"From Friday it was all Giant money and that's when the money shows up," he said. "The public was in love with the Giants and they were wrong this year."

But at the Stardust hotel-casino down the street the most popular bet was the Ravens and under a total of 33 points for both teams, said Joe Lupo, manager of the resort's sports book. The over-under total ranked among the lowest in Super Bowl history.

"The over saved us," he said. "We also did well on the Baltimore future bets because there were a lot more bets on other teams. It will still be a profitable Super Bowl."

CLEVELAND SEETHES

Art Modell finally won a Super Bowl when his Ravens beat the Giants, but it earned him more enmity in his former hometown.

The owner of the Ravens, a team known as the Cleveland Browns until Modell moved the club to Baltimore in 1995, was labeled a traitor and crybaby last night by fans in Cleveland.

Modell's name is guaranteed to light up the phone lines on radio talk shows in Cleveland, where the Browns never made it to the Super Bowl.

"I thought Art really cheated Cleveland," said Ken Thomas, 39, of suburban Parma, as he emerged from a bar after watching the Ravens take a 10-0 halftime lead. "That is our team. He's a traitor. I really feel he's a traitor. It really hurts to see them even winning at halftime. …

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