Whether the NFL wants to admit it or not, the game is tailor-made for gambling. That’s why you get injury reports each week. Frankly, making the game bettor-friendly has helped fuel the popularity of the sport. Well, gamblers weren’t too happy with the ending of the Green Bay Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night.
The Packers with three-to-four-point favorites in most sports books and it’s been estimated that around 75 percent of the action was on Green Bay last night.
The botch-job on final play, which we’ve all seen 100 times by now, flipped the money, making a five-point Packers win a two-point Packers loss. In other words, all those people who bet on Green Bay got screwed about as badly as the Packers did.
John Avello, director of the race and sportsbook at the Wynn in Las Vegas, estimated the result cost gamblers $150 million worldwide.
Mike Perry, of Sportsbook.ag, told ESPN the swing is between $200 million and $250 million.
Of course, the NFL tells us there was no problem with the outcome of the game, so these people really have nothing to be angry about.