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Football fans celebrate the return of NFL

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Football fans around Las Vegas are excited for the return of the NFL season, and the celebration is boosting the economy. Sports books and sports bars are once again packed to the brim as people watch their favorite teams return to the field.

"I'm in withdrawal in the off season. I hate it, and I can't wait till the first game!" said Green Bay Packers fan Jan Thomson.

"(Last night) was like Christmas Eve. I wanted to wake up at 9 and watch the games. I didn't go out! In Vegas that's hard to do," said San Francisco 49ers fan Tony Tang. He and a group of friends decided to watch Sunday's game at Jackson's Bar & Grill on Flamingo among a big group of Packers fans.

"My kid can go through college. Servers make more money in tips. Everyone's really happy," said Brian Silpock, the owner at Jackson's. He says the start of the football season is like Christmas because sales increase 30 to 50 percent.

Thousands of fans showed up at the LVH SuperBook to place bets on the 13 games that aired Sunday.

"Pro football and college football combined represent about 50 percent of our total handle, so it's a very important season for us," said Jay Kornegay, vice president of Race and Sports Operations at the SuperBook.

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