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Chicago bars bet big on Super Bowl

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Seahawks win. A victory for Seattle and Seahawks fans here in Chicago. Reason to celebrate or not? One bar owner walked away with bragging rights, the other? Not so lucky.

Two Wrigleyville bars, and one big bet on the winner of the Super Bowl.

"The loser has to show up at Tais (the bar we hangout at after work) in a dress and drink nothing but Malort the entire night, so go Seahawks," said Scott Johnston, General Manager of Newport Bar & Grill.

"We had a friendly back and forth on Facebook. I thought we would bet a little booze or a case of beer or something along those lines and that wasn't the case," said Seth Gamino, General Manager of The Irish Oak.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Seahawks fans flocked to Newport Bar & Grill as many have all season.

"This is as close to Seattle as it gets," said Seahawks fan Alicia Barkley.

"We come here every single game, every Sunday, and we sit at this table every single time," said another fan Mike O'Donnell.

Meanwhile, The Irish Oak is home to Broncos fans.

"The bar here opened 8:30-9:00… we've been here since then just so we could have great seats, great times, everybody is having a good time," said Broncos fan Sara Bruhnke.

The Irish Oak bar's general manager Seth Gamino says that the bet has taken on a life of its own.

"A lot of friends like it, we've had some comments. The owner Blake over there said he would supply the Malort for the losing GM. A lot of friends and people in the neighborhood have just been talking about it," said Gamino.

Both bars have been around for decades and the big wager on Sunday night's game had fans talking and laughing.

"It's all in good fun," said one Bronco's fan.

The proof is in the pictures. It all started on Facebook and it will end on Facebook.

The Newport Bar and Grill - won - that means it's just more time to party.

As for the Irish Oak - when it rains it pours… Malort liquor that is.

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