Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 | 10:56 a.m.
Frustrated football bettors who took the Green Bay Packers on Monday night and lost on a controversial game-ending call can get a refund if they placed their bet downtown at the D Las Vegas, the casino’s owner said today.
The Packers lost to the Seahawks on the last play of the game after an officials’ call that outraged fans across the nation. It also had a big impact on sports books in Las Vegas, resulting in a $15 million swing by some estimates.
Refunds on all straight bets and all money line Packers bets can be claimed at the cashier’s cage at the D by Sunday. People must present their ticket, showing they placed their bet at the D.
The deal is being offered by the casino and not by William Hill, which operates the D’s race and sports book and 158 others across the state.
Derek Stevens, owner of the D casino and its chief executive, said he was so shocked by how the game ended that he decided to make it up to his customers.
“I’m so disgusted that we are going to refund every bet made on the Packers at the D,” Stevens said. “I know exactly how it would feel if I was laying the number and I saw what happened.”
The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.