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Chiefs-Rams could have highest total ever; New Yorkers commute to New Jersey to bet

The upcoming Chiefs-Rams game has the highest over/under since at least 1986.

The SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas on Sunday opened the Chiefs-Rams over/under at 64, which, if it holds, would be the highest since at least 1986, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The previous highest over/under total in ESPN’s NFL database was 62 in a November 2009 game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. The Rams won 34-24.

Bettors from New York and Philadelphia are commuting across state lines to New Jersey to place mobile bets.

He drives across the Bayonne Bridge, stops at the first traffic light, logs in to his mobile betting account with, make his bets, turns around and drives back home. The whole process takes 25 minutes, door to door. He considers the $6.50 toll part of the price of doing business.

“I’m looking at (betting) lines all day,” Sciascia said. “If I see something I like, I jump in my car and go.”

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he wants Capital One Arena to be a home for sports betting.

“I think you will see buildings like Capital One Arena being reimagined,” Leonsis tells USA TODAY. “So we want people to come into our buildings to have lunch, to have dinner when there’s not a game in the building, watch other games on television, do research, bet, wager — and look at our buildings as really alive, dynamic sports cathedrals.”

Now that Amendment 3 has passed, if Florida is going to have legal sports betting, it’s going to have to be offered by the Seminole Tribe.

While Florida sports betting fans shouldn’t hold their breath for widespread legal sports betting, the Seminole Tribe could, under the compact, receive the ability to offer it at their seven casinos. While the Seminole Tribe has previously expressed an interest in being able to offer sports betting at its Florida Hard Rock properties, they have recently been quiet on the issue within the state of Florida.

Amendment 3 did not foreclose on any hope of sports betting in Florida. However, under the existing gaming compact terms, it would appear to be a costly endeavor for state lawmakers to allow someone other than the Seminole Tribe to offer it exclusively, a decision that would surely leave facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties unhappy.

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