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Gamblers take a hit from disputed call

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The controversial touchdown that gave Seattle a 14-12 victory over Green Bay on Monday night resonated with a big way with gamblers.

The call at the end of the game that was ruled a reception by the Seahawks' Golden Tate rather than a Packers interception resulted in an estimated money swing, according to one sports book, of as much as $200 million to $250 million worldwide, ESPN.com reported.

Some estimates from online services believe the impact was even greater.

The Packers were 3 1/2-point favorites who 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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