FOXNews.com – Mistake in Steelers game costs some bettors big

“After an instant replay review and crew conference, the on-field ruling of touchdown was incorrectly reversed to no touchdown due to an illegal forward pass by San Diego.

Avello said there might have been $10 million bet on the game statewide, and many times more than that in illegal bets around the country and in offshore Internet betting sites. All rights reserved. Winners turned into losers and losers ended up winning when a game that should have ended up 17-10 or 18-10 instead went into the record books as the first 11-10 final in NFL history. Though the score made no difference in the win and loss column, it did in the wallets of a lot of bettors on the Las Vegas Strip.

“Anyone who had a bet on the Pittsburgh side and thought they had won weren’t too happy,” said John Avello, director of the race and sports book at the Wynn resort.

The Steelers were favored by 4 points, meaning the apparent touchdown scored by the Steelers’ Troy Polamalu on the last play of the game made the difference between Pittsburgh covering the point spread or not. But it did mean bettors who thought they had won money on the game actually lost, while those who thought they had lost ended up winning.. When the touchdown was disallowed, Pittsburgh bettors who thought they had won on a fluke on the last play were left holding worthless tickets.

That presumably could include allowing officials to take a second look at controversial plays, something not now permitted under the current rules.

A mistake by the officials on the final play of the game between the Steelers and San Diego Chargers didn’t alter the outcome. Though the officials later said they made a mistake in calling back the touchdown, the official score remains 11-10, and Nevada sports books paid off on the final score from Sunday.

The NFL said it is discussing with the rule-making competition committee “potential administrative improvements for replay that would help to prevent this type of mistake in the future.”

“On the final play of Sunday’s game between the Chargers and Steelers, Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu returned a loose ball 12 yards for a defensive touchdown,” the league said in a statement Monday. A lot of bettors in this gambling city were more concerned by how many points they ended up winning by. There was more money bet on Pittsburgh, he said, especially in parlay bets.

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“The incorrect reversal of the on-field ruling of touchdown was acknowledged immediately following the game by referee Scott Green in the pool report interview with a representative of the media.”

FOXNews.com – Mistake in Steelers game costs some bettors big – Football

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

LAS VEGAS

The Pittsburgh Steelers walked off the field Sunday just happy they had won

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