TD Call in Packers-Seahawks Game Moves Millions in Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
The controversial last-play touchdown that gave the Seattle Seahwks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers Monday night had a huge impact not only on the league, but also on Las Vegas.
The call at the end of the game that was ruled a reception by Seattle receiver Golden Tate rather than an interception by the Packers. The call resulted in a swing of $200 million to $250 million worldwide according to an ESPN.com report.
Other estimates from online services believe the impact was even greater.
The Packers were 3 1/2-point favorites and would have covered the spread and won by five without the final touchdown.
"Most of the customers in the sports book were not happy with the final call," said John Avello, director of the sports book at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
Mike Perry of Sportsbook.ag and other betting establishments in Las Vegas told ESPN.com that up to 85 percent of bets were placed on the Packers.
The call also had an effect on the Packers' Super Bowl odds, raising them at one Las Vegas outlet from 7 to 1 to 9 to 1.
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