The New England Patriot’s comeback on Sunday means a big win for sports bettors. Daniel Weinman wins the WPT Borgata Open title. Read these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Super Bowl Comeback = Happy Betting Public

Everybody’s talking about yesterday’s Super Bowl. By now you know that Super Bowl LI featured an epic comeback by the New England Patriots. Not only were there millions of Atlanta Falcon fans hearts broken but also from certain sports bettors. Take a look at the reaction of poker columnist Nolan Dolla, whose feelings encapsulated those of some fans watching the game on Sunday.

Despite Dolla’s loss, it turns out that sports books actually had a rough day. The betting public was heavily on the Patriots side — despite giving 3 points — as well as the over on the record 58 O/U. And according to William Hill, “all of the popular props cashed.”

Just how big of a comeback was Sunday’s game? At one point during the game, ESPN had the Falcons as a 99.6% chance to win the Super Bowl. It should be noted there were no sports books offering those odds, but William Hill was offering InPlay odds of 16:1 while the Patriots were down 28-9 during the third quarter.

Yesterdays action may have you craving for more. If are one of the fans who didn’t get enough of the Super Bowl yesterday, you can always start thinking about next year. Wasting no time, Super Bowl 52 odds (or LII) are already up. New England is an early favorite at +475 while the Dallas Cowboys are at +900. Looking for a longshot? You can have the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns each at +15000.

It is estimated that $4.7 billion is wagered on the Super Bowl every year with just $132 million coming from Nevada sportsbooks.

Quick Hitters

– Daniel Weinman won the WPT Borgata Open title late last week. If the $892,433 first prize payday wasn’t enough, it also came on his 29th birthday. Weinman bested 1,312 other players to take home his World Poker Tour title.

– Internet gambling analysts Chris Grove and Adam Krejcik predict that at least one, maybe up to three states, will regulate online gambling during 2017. On the short list are Pennsylvannia, New York and perhaps Massachusetts to join the three states that currently regulate online poker.

PokerStars has agreed to launch Microgaming’s casino and mobile content through the Quickfire platform. Among the games offered will be slots and progressive jackpot games.

– One of the intangibles of being a successful poker player is your mental state. Pocket Fives recently shared some useful tips about how to optimize your environment when playing online poker.