There’s a large group of people even more upset about last night’s game-changing call than Packers fans.
For America’s gamblers, it was the difference in a huge score.
According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, estimates within the sports book industry had between $150 million and $250 million going the other direction with the Seahawks’ 14-12 win.
The Packers were 3 1/2 point favorites, and would have covered the spread if it was ruled an interception.
“Most of the customers in the sports book were not happy with the final call,” said John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn in Las Vegas. “The shift was 100 percent. After the [Seahawks] score, all bets were reversed.”
Jeff Sherman, assistant director of the race and sports book at the Las Vegas Hotel, told Rovell he estimated that the call shifted $15 million in Nevada alone, and 10 times that amount worldwide.
The online community skewed higher, with Mike Perry, spokesman for Sportsbook.ag, putting the figure between $200 million and $250 million.
Perry said 70 to 80 percent of the money on his site was put on the Packers, which is in line with the percentage bet in Vegas. At Mandalay Bay, about 85 percent of the money was on Green Bay.
So if you think Mike McCarthy is sore this morning, imagine if you went to sleep thinking you covered.