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Football fans flock to Las Vegas to party, gamble

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Las Vegas visitors wait at a McCarran Airport baggage carousel on Thursday, Jan. 30. (FOX5) Las Vegas visitors wait at a McCarran Airport baggage carousel on Thursday, Jan. 30. (FOX5)
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Football fans opting not to freeze in New Jersey are arriving by the thousands in Las Vegas. The Super Bowl is big business, flooding resorts, sports books and bars with customers and cash.

Kirk Burgess, visiting from Oregon, couldn't wait until the weekend to get his Super Bowl party started.

"All this was a birthday present, the flight, the room, the party, the whole thing. That's why I'm here," Burges said.

Burgess and eight of his family members aren't sparing any expense, opting for a watch party at MGM Grand.

"[There is] a huge amount of people here. At home it would have been a small gathering at the house. It's a huge difference," he said.

Fan Brandon Johnson said the money he's saving by not attending the Super Bowl will go a long way in Las Vegas.

"It's a good alternative. The Super Bowl is too cold, too pricey," he said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimates the Super Bowl will generate more than $113 million in non-gaming revenue for our city.

Off-Strip casinos are bracing for heavy traffic as well. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is just shy of filling all of its 800 rooms.

"Lots of VIP players are coming to bet, watch the game with us in the sports book and casino," Red Rock general manager Mark Tricano said.

Red Rock's sports book director said that statewide, more than $100 million will be wagered on the Super Bowl.

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