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A jumbo TV screen at the entrance of a restaurant in Florence, Ky., promotes sports betting at Turfway Park Racing & Gaming, on Dec. 22.

Sunday’s Super Bowl, pitting the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs and staged in Las Vegas’ new stadium, has ironic twists.

“The 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas symbolizes the ultimate convergence of the NFL’s showcase event and the beacon of American betting,” Rotowire, a website devoted to sports gambling, recently noted. “This historic pairing is set to amplify the excitement surrounding the game, potentially making it one of the most bet-on events in history.”

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