New Jersey sports bettors win big on Sunday. A winner in the final 2019 Aussie Millions event. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

New Jersey sports bettors win $4.5 million

When the Los Angeles Rams lost 13-3 to the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl, New Jersey sportsbooks felt the pain. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released numbers on Monday showing that sports bettors won $4.5 million against New Jersey sportsbooks on the day.

Nationally, it was a different story with sportsbooks said to have banked a small win. The discrepancy between New Jersey and the rest of the nation was due to New Jersey’s proximity to New England, with the FanDuel sportsbook reporting that 75% of money wagered on the outcome of the game was on the Patriots. At the beginning of the week, that figure was even higher at 90%.

A total of eight states allowed legal sports betting for the Super Bowl with that number expected to only increase for next year’s big game. While many states have sports betting bills in the pipeline, the American Gaming Association has released a study saying that 79% support sports betting in their states.

Quick hitters

– Two major World Poker Tour events have already been held this year, but so far no champions have been crowned. That’s because the WPT has implemented delayed final tables so they can be broadcast in a more TV-friendly setting — in this case, in Las Vegas at the eSports Arena at the Luxor. Poker News Daily’s Earl Burton asks if anything was learned from the “easily forgotten” November Nine?

– In the final event of the 2019 Aussie Millions, Anton Morgenstern took down the AU$25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event to win the equivalent of $382,061. In his path to winning the tournament, Morgenstern outlasted 67 players including Farid Jattin heads-up.

– Legendary tournament director Matt Savage was recently on the Card Player “Poker Stories Podcast,” where he discussed a variety of poker topics including how he almost screwed up the famous Moneymaker/Farah bluff in the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

– The number of live cash game poker tables in Nevada continues to decline, but the reduction — 778 in 2013 vs 553 tables now — doesn’t seem to be having an impact on overall revenue, with an increase of over 6% on a per-table basis in December compared to the same time last year.

– Monday’s featured Grinderschool.com poker training video continues its look at Carroter’s “6 Max No-Limit By Position” series. In this episode, Carroters goes over strategies for stealing from the small blind.

Best poker videos across the internet

– Ramsey Dew broke The Ante Game record at Like at the Bike when he won $30,000 at the $5/$5/$50 game. Watch a portion of the session below:

– Watch highlights of the recent Aussie Millions AUD$100,000 Challenge:

JohnnieVibes discusses his 12-year poker journey and sets out to prove you can still make a decent living grinding in the low buy-in games.