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D Las Vegas casino refunding losing Packers bets

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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.”

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  1. MR. Stevens is a stand up guy doing this. Putting his money where his beliefs are and making things right of His customers.

  2. Stand-up guy? No, not that many bets were taken. And who would still have their losing tickets??? Pure marketing.

  3. Nice gesture. I'm sure most of the tourist who bet there are gone and so are their tickets.

  4. Joan,

    If it is one bet or 1000's of bets does not change the fact that Mr. Stevens does not have to do anything but collect his winnings.

    He has chosen to do something positive.

  5. Refund??? The Packers WON that game!!! He should pay them as winners.

    j/k Nice gesture by Mr. Stevens.

  6. Derek is a rock star. I wish everybody in town would do that. I lost 3k on the game.

  7. Derek Stevens is one savvy cat. Nice gesture for the D guests, and a genius marketing move!

  8. First off, The Packers didn't make the spread either way.
    The NFL upheld the call on the field and the the replay booth.
    The sports casters don't know all the rules that's why they don't work for the NFL.

    Sometimes what you see as the way it should be isn't the way the rule book says. aka Tuck Rule and the Simultaneous Catch Rule.

    Seahawks have nothing to apologizes for . . .

  9. Artist20: spoken like a true Seahawks fan or someone who was made a winner by the lousy call. Anyhow, I think the gesture is great and is a public relations winner. As for Respondi, she's living proof of the adage that "no good deed goes unpunished."