Scenes from Sin City: Seahawks fans flock to Monte Carlo

Midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s Seahawks-Bengals game, a jam-packed Monte Carlo sportsbook was rocking with Seattle revelers. It was like a Pearl Jam concert broke out. They were all over the place, but in particular, there was a huge concentration taking up two full rows, front and center, watching the big screen.

You couldn’t miss them. A party of 15 in total, a sea of blue and green. They were in town from Kirkland, Washington, a Seattle suburb (and home of the very first Costco, they tell me), for what’s become an annual and ever-expanding junket.

“We try to do this once a year,” said Kassidy Warren, who was nominated group spokesman. “We’re season ticket holders, so we pick an away game each year to come here. We’ve been doing this for five years. This is our biggest group so far.”


Five members of a 15-strong Seattle Sehawks contingent from Kirkland, Wash. 

Warren, his wife Erin and all their rowdy friends had just finished celebrating Thomas Rawls’ 69-yard touchdown run that put the Seahawks in front 17-7. But before Warren could elaborate more on the experience, Seattle linebacker Bobby Warren scooped and scored on a Cincinnati fumble, giving the Seahawks two touchdowns in less than two minutes and a commanding 24-7 lead.

“I don’t even have a bet down. I regret that a little bit now,” Warren said. “My brother and all the guys around me are the gamblers. I just enjoy being around a group of friends. This is a ton of fun – being in the sportsbook is pretty cool, being able to track all my fantasy players, too.”

For buddy Ryan Juretic, it’s even better – because he does have a wager on the game, plunking down $60 on his Seahawks. Those back-to-back TDs certainly bolstered his spirits.

“I feel much better. I’m smiling a lot more now,” Juretic said.

Kassidy Warren and wife Erin Warren, taking in Sunday’s Seahawks-Bengals game.

For the moment on this Sunday, there are smiles all around. Everybody’s having a good time, especially relative newcomer Erin, a Montana native on her second Las Vegas venture.

“We’re always together for all the games,” she said, noting the group rotates hosting duties back home in Kirkland for the rest of Seattle’s road games, but the trip to Nevada is a major highlight. “I love it. I’m excited about it. I think it’s a great tradition.”

Added Kassidy, “She said last year that she never knew she’d have so much fun in Vegas.”

As fun as it may have been, Juretic still harbored some ill will from last year’s trip, when Seattle was a 6.5-point chalk at St. Louis.

“I’m never gonna bet the Seahawks when they play in St. Louis again. I want no part of that,” he said.

Unfortunately, by the end of Sunday’s game, Juretic and the whole crew probably wanted no part of Cincinnati, either. The Bengals scored 17 points in the final 12:18 to tie the game at 24, then won 27-24 in overtime.

On the bright side, the Seahawks pushed as 3-point underdogs. That gave Juretic his $60 back – perhaps something he can bank for next year’s trek.



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