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NFL Lockout Creates Expensive Call for Bettors

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Las Vegas oddsmakers said $300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between Green Bay and Seattle. Las Vegas oddsmakers said $300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between Green Bay and Seattle.

LAS VEGAS -- In a call so controversial the President of the United States weighed in, Las Vegas sports bettors said they lost out on a last minute touchdown call Monday night.

Las Vegas oddsmakers said $300 million or more changed hands worldwide on a controversial referee call that decided the Monday Night Football game between Green Bay and Seattle.

Sports book chief Jay Kornegay said bettors at The LVH casino registered shock, some celebration and then anger when the outcome of the Packers-Seahawks game was decided due to what says was "a blatant bad call."

Gambling expert RJ Bell of Las Vegas-based Pregame.com said he thinks two-thirds of bets worldwide were on the Packers, and that sports books took in about $150 million because of the call.

The Seahawks won 14-12 after referees ruled that a Seattle receiver came down with the ball in a pile of bodies in the end zone.

The flub on Monday night football had gamblers feeling the fallout.

Chris Barton, visiting Las Vegas from Rhode Island, said he lost $1,200 on the call against Green Bay. He said as a gambler, he can handle losing, "but not like that."

"I've been gambling for 30 years almost, and that's the worst defeat ever," he said.

At The LVH, home of the world's largest sportsbook, other gamblers wanted to know how the people hired to replace the referees the NFL locked out failed on the call, handing a win over to Seattle.

Sports bettor Jody McLaws said she gambled $500 on the game.

"It's all gone," she said. "Tough call."

Jay Kornegay, vice president of the sportsbook at LVH said about 85 percent of the bet tickets were on Green Bay, but the larger wagers were made on Seattle. He estimated between $12 million and $15 million was wagered on the game in Nevada and between $100 million and $1 billion changed hands after the game was called.

"The refs have always made mistakes," Kornegay said. "Unfortunately, this was a blatant, bad call at the end of the game when the whole football world was watching and everybody saw it."

Some did benefit, however.

Will Smith of Las Vegas won $200 betting on the Seahawks.

"It was a bad call, no doubt about it, undisputable," Smith said. "But hey, I had the right side. In this game, it's always called being on the right of the bet."

As for Barton, he said he is going to take his worthless ticket and head back to Rhode Island.

"I'll just take it and frame it and put it in my man cave, as the worst beat ever," he said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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