Bettor loses $569,000 after 49ers get rare victory over Seahawks

One bettor’s dream of a green Christmas turned into a nightmare.

The Seattle Seahawks have been automatic in recent years against the San Francisco 49ers, winning 10 straight games. That changed Sunday when the 49ers survived, 26-23, in overtime.

While it was celebrated by 49ers fans, it wasn’t by one bettor who put down a total $569,000 on two money-line bets that had the Seahawks winning. While he likely thought that money was an automatic gift, he’s surely now regretting it.

From David Purdum’s weekly Notable Bets column for ESPN:

A bettor at MGM placed two money-line bets totaling $569,000 on the Seattle Seahawks to beat the San Francisco 49ers. According to MGM sportsbook supervisor Scott Shelton, the first bet was for $235,000 at -230 odds. The book bumped up the price to -250 and then took another $334,000 on the Seahawks from the bettor. The 49ers won 26-23 in overtime.

Purdum reported that the 49ers’ upset was “the largest win of the season on a single game for MGM.”

It was a tough gambling weekend for bookmakers new to the business on the other side of the country.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers each pulled upsets on the first Sunday with legal sportsbooks in the Pennsylvania cities. ESPN reported that 91 percent of moneyline bets at Sugarhouse Casino in Philly were on the Eagles and 83 percent at the Rivers Casino in the ‘Burgh were on the Steelers.

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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers Running Back Jeff Wilson (41) picks up first down yardage in overtime during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Elijah Lee (47) and San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Fred Warner (48) which led to a roughing the passer call during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Elijah Lee (47) and San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Fred Warner (48) which led to a roughing the passer call during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Ronald Blair (98) fires up the crowd after a defensive stop during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (3) before the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers is upended after a catch by Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Seattle Seahawks during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Jeff Wilson #41 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a 16-yard run against the Seattle Seahawks in overtime of their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks kneels on the field after a injury to Ahkello Witherspoon #23 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers Place Kicker Robbie Gould (9) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers Punter Bradley Pinion (5) after kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers Offensive Tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) celebrates after the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Francisco 49ers Offensive Tackle Garry Gilliam (76) celebrates after the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers on December 16, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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